The airport package is one of four major road projects being tendered by the Municipal Affairs & Agriculture Ministry. Evaluation of technical bids is ongoing for the Salwa and immigration interchange contracts, and tender documents have been issued for the Salwa highway upgrade.

Twelve contracting groups submitted bids for package 2, which involves the construction of 8.7 kilometres of highway, running from the Ras Abu Aboud bridge to airforce roundabout. The main elements of the two-year contract are construction of a 1.4-kilometre three-lane dual underpass; a 6.7-kilometre dual carriageway, passing under the proposed taxiway; a directional interchange at the entrance to the new airport; and a diamond interchange close to the new airport’s technical facilities.

Package 1, covering the dredging and reclamation works, has still to be awarded, and prequalification is ongoing for package 3, which involves the construction of the new terminal building. The consultant on the airport development is the US’ Fentress Bradburn & Associates, with Beirut-based Dar al-Handasah (Shair & Partners).

Bids were submitted in mid January for the Salwa and immigration interchange contracts, which are valued at about $30 million each. For the fourth and largest road contract, the Salwa road upgrade, prequalified contractors have been given until 8 April to submit bids. The contract involves expanding a 95-kilometre stretch of highway into an eight-lane expressway and the construction of about 14 interchanges. As with the other three road projects, 18 companies are prequalified to bid.

Further work is planned in the local highway sector as the government looks to undertake a major upgrade of the national road network. Nine consultancy bids were opened in late January for the Doha expressway project. The bidders are Halcrow Group, Hyder Consulting, Maunsell Consultancy Servicesand WS Atkins International, all of the UK; Germany’s Dorsch Consult; De Leuw Cather International, US-based; Parsons Brinckerhoff, also US-based; BCEOM French Engineering; and Dar al-Handasah.