Tenders are due to be returned on 5 September for package A which involves the construction of schools in West Muaither, Al-Shahaniya, Al Sayliya, and Al-Abo Sadra.

Tenders are due to be returned two weeks later, on 19 September for package B, which covers the construction of schools in East Umm al-Amad, Doha, Mesaimeer, and Al-Messila.

The scope of works for each of the 14 schools includes the construction of a main school building with 25 class rooms, multi-purpose hall, auditorium, guard house, service yard, substation and sports courts. The buildings are reinforced concrete structures with blockwork infill. The multi-purpose and assembly halls are covered with space-frame roofs. The total built-up area for each school is 9,857 square metres.

The contract duration for each package is 21 months and construction is expected to start in October. The two packages form part of Ashghal’s plans to build 57 schools and 21 kindergartens by 2009. Ashghal recently revised the investment cost for its five-year infrastructure upgrade programme to QR 31,000 million ($8,540 million), an increase of QR 3,500 million ($964 million) on its original forecast.