The junction to directly link the east and west Free Zone
The Public Works Authority “Ashghal” has announced the completion of Logistics City Interchange, in attendance of H.E. Ahmad Al-Sayed, Minister of State and Chairman of Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA) and H.E. Dr. Eng. Saad bin Ahmad Al Muhannadi, President of the Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’, along with a number of officials, engineers and the contracting companies.
Ashghal points that the Logistics City Interchange, located at the south entrance of G-Ring Road at the Free Zone, southwest of Hamad International Airport before Airport Interchange, will link east and west Free Zone directly to Hamad International Airport, G-Ring Road, and surrounding roads such as Ras Bu Abboud Street, Airport Road, Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor and Al Wakra Road.
The interchange serves various strategic and vital facilities such as Doha Metro, logistic companies supporting Free Zone and other important public institutions like business innovation park, as it facilitates access to FIFA World Cup 2022™ fans village in Ras Bu Fontas as well as areas designated for leisure activities organized during FIFA World Cup 2022™ in Ras Bu Fontas.
The importance of the new intersection is further enhanced since it is in a logistic area of a strategic importance, where it will facilitate the transport of goods from Hamad International Airport and Free Zone to all areas both inside and outside Doha, as it is located on G-Ring Road that leads to southern areas, Industrial Area and Al Majd Road, as it also interchanges with Ras Bu Abboud Street to Corniche and Doha Central.
Free zones in Qatar are a key driver of innovation in main sectors supporting value chains. Companies located in Ras Bu Fontas Free Zone have unlimited access to distinguished services like air freight and facilitated customs clearance operations. The area includes light industrial units, serviced plots and office spaces, including a business and innovation complex. Ras Bu Fontas Free Zone aims to provide services in emerging technology, aviation, business and light industries.
On this occasion, His Excellency Ahmad Al-Sayed, Minister of State and the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Free Zones Authority, Qatar, H.E. Ahmad Al-Sayed, Minister of State and the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Free Zones Authority, Qatar extended his thanks to Ashghal for building the junction which will provide a direct link between eastern & western QFZ Ras Bu Fontas & key facilities & roads in Doha & around across Qatar.
‘QFZ has been established to offer for investors a competitive advantage and a stimulating atmosphere for universal businesses and services to enhance operation and capital for firms and Qatar’s position as a flourishing global market.’, H.E. added
His Excellency Dr. Eng. Saad bin Ahmed Al Mohannadi, President of the Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ confirmed that infrastructure projects implemented by Ashghal are ready to serve the guests visiting Qatar during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. He pointed out that for years, Ashghal has worked diligently on maintaining the works day and night to achieve an integrated infrastructure network with international specifications.
He added, “concerted efforted were made by all entities, including the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Interior represented by the Traffic Department, to achieve road networks, intersections and tunnels implemented by Ashghal with this level of excellence, which will become a legacy beyond the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament that we will continue to be proud of for years.”
Eng. Yousef Al Emadi, Projects Affairs Director, stressed that Ashghal’s accomplishments still continue since Ashghal built an integrated network of divers roads and huge junctions to provide largely safe traffic such as the Logistics City Interchange connecting with other major roads and facilities like Hamad International Airport, the Metro
From his part, Eng. Ali Al Khalifa – Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Faisal Al Thani, CEO , Zones Development at QFZ stressing that this vital interchange will provide a direct link between Free Zone in Ras Bu Fontas and the connecting roads such as G-Ring Road, Ras Bu Abboud Street, Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor, and vital facilities such as Hamad International Airport, which will save time and effort to transport various goods belonging to the logistic and investing companies running their operations at QFZ.
Eng. Bader Darwish, Manager of Highways Projects Department stressed that the expressway network implemented by Ashghal has achieved a qualitative surge for the traffic across Qatar, pointing that the construction of a new interchange on G-Ring Road mainly serves Free Zone which has no direct connection to G-Ring Road..
Benefits of the Interchange
From her part, Project Engineer Noora Al Zarraa said: Logistics City Interchange consists of two levels as it includes three bridges and has three to four lanes on each direction, in addition to four exits for the interchange to accommodate approximately 10,000 vehicles per hour.
She added: three tunnels were constructed to provide surface water drainage network and treated sewage effluent pipelines for irrigation. In addition to the construction of 2 km service roads on both directions.
It is worth noting that the Logistics City integrates with G-Ring Road to become the 9th interchange in the vital road that extends on a length of 22km, as G-Ring Road is one of the integral routes that make up Qatar’s highway network, being a highway that provides continuous traffic flow, it will achieve a significant and positive impact on traffic in the south of Qatar by reducing traffic congestion on existing roads in other areas, thus integrating with the rest of the routes in the highway network such as Al Majd Road, Mesaieed Road, Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor and Ras Bu Abboud Street.
G-Ring Road will also provide vital entrance to Industrial Area from the south side, and provides a direct link with Hamad International Airport, and connects it to Hamad Port, Mesaieed, Abu Samra Border and northern areas through its connection to Al Majd Road and a direct link to logistics village and to Hamad International Airport.
Source: Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’