Value: $14.6bn


Public Works Authority

Ghanem al-Mansouri, contracts manager

Tel: (+974) 4 495 0000

Project manager

Parsons Brinckerhoff

Mike Rigsby, programme director

Tel: (+974) 4 435 1612

Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal) was created in 2004 as an autonomous government body to oversee public infrastructure. One of its major tasks will be overseeing the development of 136 kilometres of new roads by 2014, and the upgrade of many more.

In 2006, Ashghal split its roads projects into major highways and the local roads and drainage (LRDP) programme. It appointed the US’ Parsons Brinckerhoff to oversee the latter. Doha has been divided into five zones in this project and Ashghal has appointed consultants to supervise each area.

Consultants on LRDP scheme
Area Consultant Number of projects
Qatar North Khatib Alami/WSP Middle East 40
Qatar South Aecom 15
Doha North Hyder 68
Doha South Parsons 80
Doha West Atkins 18
LRDP=Local Roads and Drainage Programme. Sources: Parsons Brinckerhoff ; MEED Projects

There are a total of 221 projects across Qatar, with the majority taking place in Doha itself. There are 68 developments in Doha North, 80 in Doha South and 18 in Doha West. The schemes will be completed in the next five to seven years.

Key dates


Ashghal created

November 2011

US-based Parsons Brinckerhoff appointed project manager for LRDP

June 2012

Ashgal awards nine contracts worth a total of QR1.39bn for roads, building and drainage work

Quarter 4 2016

LRDP due for completion

Source: MEED