Abu Samra Border Crossing
Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has announced the completion of the remaining works in Abu Samra Border Crossing Project that include buildings of the customs and inspection platforms for trucks coming and departing Qatar, as well as some finishing works by the end of October 2022 to be fully equipped for the service of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
HE President of the Public Works Authority Saad bin Ahmad Al Muhannadi underlined that the port expansion works will serve travelers to and from Qatar with more than double the previous capacity by increasing the number of passenger vehicle service lanes from 9 to 24 lanes.
For his part, HE Chairman of the General Authority of Customs (GAC) Ahmed Abdullah Al Jamal said that the development of the Abu Samra Border Crossing not only serves the preparations for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, but will also contribute to enhancing Qatars commercial and industrial activity by facilitating the movement of goods, materials and people to and from the country through its land port, pointing out that internal air-conditioning systems have been added to the buildings of the customs inspection platforms for trucks coming and departing Qatar.
Director General, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy Eng. Yasir Al Jamal said that the development of the Abu Samra Border Crossing integrates with the rest of the projects implemented by the various concerned authorities in the state of Qatar to serve FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in order to provide the fans coming through the land port a smooth and distinguished experience from the moment they arrive to Qatar.
In the same context, Vice-Chairman of the Permanent Committee for the Management of Abu Samra Border Port Lt. Col. Muhammad Sultan Al-Mannai said that the development of the Abu Samra Border Crossing will greatly contribute to facilitating travelers procedures and finalizing them smoothly and in shorter time, where the capacity of the passports and customs buildings will be doubled, and tourist tracks with the provision of a capacity to accommodate 12,000 cars entering Qatar and 12,000 cars leaving Qatar.
The works implemented within the Abu Samra Border Crossing project include developing the passports buildings to serve arrivals and departures, as the capacity of each of them was increased from 9 vehicles to 24 vehicles at the same time, in addition to developing the customs building for arrivals with an increase in its capacity from 28 to 36 vehicles.
Within the framework of what has been implemented for the service of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, a passenger hall has been constructed with a total area of 10,000 square meters and a capacity to serve 2,000 visitors per hour for arrivals and 2,000 visitors per hour for departures, in addition to 44 Passports and 22 Customs inspection platforms, in addition to constructing temporary parking lots from 1,400 to 4,500 to raise the capacity of the tournament fans' parking spaces with the installation of a parking reservation system.
The project scope of work also included the provision of 48 tourist tracks with a capacity to serve 12,000 cars entering Qatar and 12,000 cars leaving Qatar, in addition to road development works with a length of 4.5 km, while infrastructure development works included the development of sewage networks with a length of 1.3 km, and rainwater drainage networks with a length of 2.5 km, as well as the implementation of 2 square kilometers of green spaces and beautification works for four roundabouts.
In addition, the needs of the port users of trucks and heavy vehicles drivers have also been considered, as 3 separate lanes will be allocated for trucks only, in addition to providing truck parking lots serving 500 trucks with a total area covering 150,000 square meters.
Within the framework of its keenness to encourage the local product and Qatari manufacturers when implementing all its projects, many locally manufactured materials were used in the works of the Abu Samra Border Crossing project, where the local component accounted for more than 70% of the total materials used in the project, including lighting poles, lamps, sign boards, infrastructure pipes, asphalt, prefabricated manholes, as well as concrete and steel reinforcement.
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