Posted on May 12, 2015

As part of its commitment to enhance communication between the Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ and all the segments of the community, including school students, the Public Works Authority organised a visit to Al Wakra Preparatory School. During the visit, Ashghal showcased a number of projects being implemented in Al Wakra and south Doha area in order to raise the students' awareness about Ashghal’s role in improving and developing their areas. 

The presentation also aimed at introducing the students to engineering fields that they can pursue to join Ashghal in its mission to implement the state’s infrastructure and buildings projects. A team from Ashghal’s Public Relations Department, headed by Mr. Abdulla Saad Al Saad, Public Relations and Communications Department Manager, and engineer Bader Darwish from the Infrastructure Affairs took part in this visit. A comprehensive presentation and explanation was given to the students regarding the authority’s mission and the projects being carried out by Ashghal in Al Wakra and south Qatar area.

On this occasion, Mr. Abdulla Al Saad, Public Relations Department Manager, said: "This visit represents a part of the integrated community outreach programme carried out by the authority to raise awareness and involve the community in the achievement of the mission assigned to Ashghal. At Ashghal we are aware that activating the contribution of the local community and understanding what it takes to implement dozens of projects across the country, can only be achieved by raising awareness and familiarising the community of the projects being implemented in their areas in addition to highlighting the projects’ benefits.

Mr. Abdulla Al Saad added “Such school visits constitute an important part of Ashghal’s community outreach programme especially that the authority is seeking to boost local engineering talents, which requires familiarising the students with the fields in which they can specialise. Through such visits, we try to encourage these students, expand their horizon, and inspire them to choose many fields of study in which they can make a positive contribution towards building their country.”

Ashghal visits Al Wakra 2 [].jpgA detailed presentation provided a comprehensive overview of the projects being implemented in Al Wakra and south Qatar including their stages, features, and photos of what has been achieved so far. Brochures were also handed out and included general information on the projects guidelines to ensure the safety of residents, as well as contact details for Ashghal and community engagement officers responsible for each project.

The visit saw a lot of interaction from the students who showed significant interest in what was being presented. The authority also received a nice welcome by the school administration and teaching staff, who welcomed the implementation of similar ideas and programmes which help involve school students in the overall development system that the country aspires for in all fields, especially in the field of infrastructure development.

The following expressway projects were among the projects carried out by the Public Works Authority in the south area and showcased before the students:

The East West Corridor project which begins at the Airport Street, south of the Air Force Roundabout, and runs past Barwa Development to connect with the new Mesaieed to Salwa Road south of the Industrial Area.The project includes the construction of 22km dual carriageway with five lanes in each direction, and comprises the construction of eight multi-level interchanges.

Al Wakra Bypass project which is located to the west of Al Wakra, and includes the construction of an approximately 11km dual carriageway with five lanes in each direction. It starts at Al Mashaf Road and stretches to Mesaieed Road, creating the main bypass to Al Wakra city. The project also includes the construction of a tunnel and five two-level interchanges that will link the south of Al Wakra city to the Hamad International Airport and New Doha port.

Ashghal visits Al Wakra 3 [].jpgThe New Orbital Highway and Truck Route – New Doha Port to Orbital Highway (Phase 1) which encompasses the construction of 190km main dual carriageway and 22 multi-level interchanges. The project aims at reducing traffic congestion within Doha city, and separating the heavy trucks from the general traffic flow by providing heavy vehicles with their own separate lanes, allowing traffic to flow freely and safely, improving air quality, and reducing noise.

The students were also briefed on the features of these projects which, once completed, will improve connectivity and enhance traffic safety in the south of Qatar by separating traffic with flyovers, underpasses and tunnels and replacing roundabouts with signalised junctions. The projects also include the implementation of Intelligent Transport Systems, street lighting and dedicated lanes for pedestrians and cyclists.

The presentation showcased six local roads and infrastructure projects which comprised Roads and Infrastructure in Al Wakra West, Roads and Infrastructure development for government Residential South Al Wukair, Roads and Infrastructure for Al Wakra North East, Roads and Infrastructure for Al Wakra South, Roads and Infrastructure development for government Residential North Al Wukair, Roads and Infrastructure for West of Al Mashaf and Development of road from Abdul Ghani R/A to Al Mashaf area in Al Wukair.

The presentation also showcased Buildings projects including the construction of two schools in Mesaieed and one in Al Wukair as well as the construction of Al Wakra and Al Mashaf health centres. It is noteworthy that, as part of its integrated community outreach programme and in coordination with the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning (MMUP), Ashghal had held in the beginning of April 2015 a community event for Al Wakra and south Qatar local community to showcase Infrastructure and building projects in south Qatar.

Invitations to attend the community event which was held in Al Wakra Municipality were addressed to representatives from various organisations, businesses, schools, and residents in Al Wakra and Mesaieed in the south of Qatar. The community event was attended by representatives of south area projects from the Expressway Programme, the Local Roads and Drainage Programme and Buildings Projects in addition to representatives from consulting and contracting companies implementing the projects.