The Public Works Authority (Ashgal) received bids in early December for the contract to upgrade the fishing harbour at Ruwais in Qatar.

The project is located about 120 kilometres north of Doha and involves the upgrade of the existing fishing port to accommodate dhows, coastal-trading vessels, and passenger and car ferries.

The successful bidder will complete dredging and reclamation work. This covers dredging about 2.8 million cubic metres of material for a five-metre-deep, 3-km-long channel, and a seven-metre-deep port basin.

The contractor will also install blockwork quay walls, floating pontoons, slipways, fuel tanks and block paving. The firm will also build onshore infrastructure such as roads, sewerage and water distribution networks, and associated port buildings with a total built-up area of about 10,000 square metres.

The port is used by more than 100 fishing vessels, the coastguard and small leisure craft.

Qatar is also currently tendering excavation work for the much larger New Doha Port Project. Contractors are preparing to submit bids on 14 February for the deal to dig a port in Messaieed.

The New Doha Port Project Steering Committee is the client.

New Doha Port will replace the existing Doha Port on the city’s corniche.