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Northern city of Qatar set for QR700mn overhaul

The northern-most city of Qatar is all set for an overhaul through a QR700million project, Ashghal has announced.

Work in Al Shamal from Al Ruwais to Aba Dhelouf will proceed in phases over next two years. It will eventually result in revamped roads, better sewage networks and more sidewalks, Ashghal said.

During the past years, work has been underway on the main road leading from Doha to Al Shamal. The development, known as North Road Corridor Enhancement will be complete later this year.

The new Shamal project by Ashghal follows the announcement of revamping plans by Qatar Tourism Authority, aimed at making the town more visitor-friendly.

In the year 2013, the QTA said that its project would include construction of a modern harbour. It also planned to develop the archeological heritage of the area, which dates back to pre-Islamic times.

But, this was still when organizers wanted to build a World Cup Stadium in Al Shamal, which is no-longer the case.

Qatar is growing and Ashghal said its plan is to build it out before more people move there.

About 9000 residents now live in the area, which is about 100km north of Doha (as in 2015), which is double the number of people in Al Shammal in 2004.

As part of the project, Asghal will now rehabilitate 80km stretch of deteriorating roads, and add 40kms of new internal roads, which may lead to vacant areas as of now. Several new intersections will also be kept before 2019, as are 4500 lighting poles and 8000 carparks.

About 1000 signboards would be installed across the city to improve safety for motorists and pedestrians. With work commencing, Asghal has pledged to minimize noise and dust for residents, schools and business owners. It is also putting up safety barriers to separate residential and work areas.

Posted on 10/5/2017

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