Qatar’s new Hamad Port is scheduled to be officially inaugurated in the
first week of September in the Umm Al Houl area. It is a mega project that will
represent a paradigm shift in Qatar’s economic diversification and
competitiveness and break the sanctions imposed by the Saudi Arabia led
coalition against the country.
Hamad Port is the largest port in the Middle East and one of the
infrastructure mega projects in Qatar. It will span an area of 28.5 square km,
and its basin is 4 km in length, 700 metres in width and 17 metres in depth,
specifications that qualify it to become capable of receiving the world’ biggest
The capacity of Hamad Port is to reach 7.5 million TEUs annually on
completion of all the construction phases. It has a general cargo terminal with
a capacity of 1.7 million tonnes annually, a terminal for cereals with a
capacity of one million tonnes annually, a terminal to receive vehicles with a
capacity of 500,000 vehicles annually, a terminal for livestock, a terminal for
Coast Guard vessels and a terminal for marine support and back-up.
Hamad Port has recorded significant milestones, regionally and
internationally, in quite a short period of time. It has played a key role in
breaking the blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia led coalition.
During the current critical situation that Qatar encounters, it has managed
to secure multiple global marine transport lines, revitalise import traffic of
basic commodities, needs and supplies. The port will provide alternatives after
some countries in the region including Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt decided to
shut down land, air and marine borders with Qatar.
Hamad Port currently connects directly with several marine destinations. On
top of them are the the two Indian Ports of Mundra and Nhava Sheva (JNPT) two
Omani seaports of Sohar and Salalah, Turkish Derince port and the Pakistani
port of Karachi.