Hamad Port is to be officially inaugurated in the first week of September, under the auspices of His Highness The Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) announced.

Located in Umm Al Houl area of the southern part of Qatar, Hamad port will represent a paradigm shift in Qatar’s economic diversification and competitiveness, in line with the goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030.

A statement by MoTC explained that Hamad Port, the largest in the Middle East, spans an area of 28.5sq km. Its basin is 4km long, 700m wide and 17m deep; the specifications that qualify it to become capable of receiving large mother vessels.

The capacity of Hamad Port is to reach 7.5mn twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) annually on completion of all phases of construction. It has a general cargo terminal with a capacity of 1.7mn tonns annually, a terminal for cereals with a capacity of 1mn tonns annually, and another one to receive vehicles with a capacity of 500,000 vehicles annually. It also has a terminal for livestock, one for coastguard vessels and a terminal for marine support and backup, according to the statement.

Source: Government of Qatar