Posted on April 15, 2020

Doha Craft Boat Manufacturing, a leading Qatari boat producer and repairer with operations in Qatar Free Zones, delivered its first of ten boats manufactured to date at its factory in Umm Alhoul Free Zone.

The factory is based in MARSA port and marine cluster, a fully integrated marine ecosystem within the zone which facilitates activities including boat brokerage and maritime research, as well as ship building and maintenance.  

“We are proud in the free zones to provide all means of support for the Qatari private sector to enable it to play an effective role in advancing economic development. The private sector is one of our priorities,” said QFZA Deputy CEO Abdullah al-Misnad. He added, “Doha Craft was the first company to join our MARSA port, and it has made tremendous progress. It is an example of the capabilities of the Qatari private sector and the support it enjoys.”   

Mr. Rashid Hamad Al Meadadi, Managing Director, Doha Craft Boat Manufacturing, said, “This is an exciting milestone for Doha Craft, as we deliver our first boat built in our Qatar Free Zones factory to a foreign buyer. I am particularly proud that we were able to finish this project despite the challenging circumstances in our world today; it is testament to the dedication and perseverance of Qatari investors and the great, business-friendly environment provided by Qatar Free Zones Authority.”  

Doha Craft manufactures pleasure craft, military and police boats from its factory in Umm Alhoul. It is currently in the process of expanding its operations, and expects to reach a production capacity of fifty boats a year. The company was one of the earliest tenants in Qatar Free Zones, joining MARSA last year. MARSA has a 1.6 km long, 500 meter wide draught and a total of 3 km of quay wall, allowing it to service ships up to 70 meters long. Since its establishment in 2018, Qatar Free Zones has approved projects worth a total of more than three billion Qatari Riyals (approximately one billion USD) from a wide range of leading local and global companies focused on the new economy, sustainability, IT, communications, transport, logistics, medical services, aviation, cybersecurity, and agritech. 

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