Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has awarded contracts totalling QR393m ($108m) to two local contractors to build seven new schools in Doha and surrounding areas.

Ashghal awarded the construction contracts on 27 July.

The local Imperial Trading & Contracting Company was awarded a QR195m contract to build four schools.

Two of the projects are in Doha and two are located at Duhail, on the outskirts of Doha. It is expected to take the contractor 510 days to build all four developments.

“We hope to start work on the projects after Ramadan,” said a source involved with the project.

The local Al-Darwish Engineering was awarded a QR168m contract to build three new schools in Doha. Each school will cover a total area of 10,000 square metres.

In March Al-Darwish was awarded a $36m contract to build a network of service roads and footpaths to connect Al-Waab City real estate development with nearby Doha.

The main construction contract includes provision of the roads and footpaths as well as surface drainage, sewerage works, traffic control signals and road markings, road lighting and public utility services.

Doha’s Al-Waab District is home to projects including Doha Sports City, Aspire Tower, Khalifa Stadium and Villagio Mall. Al-Waab City will add 639 villas, 1,293 apartments and 425 hotel rooms to the district (MEED 29:3:10).