Qatar Navigation expects to invite companies to submit bids for the QR1bn ($275m) Qatar Logistics City by the end of May.

Speaking at MEED’s Qatar Projects 2011 conference, Ahmed al-Kowsi, NFS manager at Qatar Navigation confirmed the delay in the project. Bids were previously expected in August 2010 (MEED 17:6:10).

The first phase of the project was expected to be operational by the summer of 2012, but now it is more likely that it will be opened in 2013.

Qatar Logistics City involves the construction of a 500,000 square-metre city that will be located in Al-Thamamma, which is eight kilometres from New Doha port.

The project comprises workshops, fuelling stations, accommodation for up to 5,000 employees, a mosque, a clinic, seven warehouses and an open yard. The warehouses will be used to store food items, consumer products, vehicles and machinery, construction materials and oil and gas.

The logistics city will support New Doha port as it will offer storage for goods that come into the port.