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Qatar unveils ‘Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor’ project

Qatar unveils ‘Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor’ project

Santhosh Chandran
Doha
As a token of appreciation for Kuwait’s constant support to Qatar and upon the directives of the Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, Qatar has named a 25km of road corridor project after the Amir of Kuwait HH Sheikh Sabah al Ahmed al Jaber al Sabah.
The ‘Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor’ project was inaugurated by Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al Thani, in the presence of HH Sheikh Nasser al Mohammad al Ahmad al Sabah, Representative of the Amir of Kuwait, in Doha on Sunday.
The launch of Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor coincides with the celebrations of Kuwait’s National Day.
‘Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor’ is the first in Qatar to be called ‘corridor’ instead of a road due to its importance and specifications of its unique construction. The corridor is expected to be completed in 2021.
The new corridor road extends from Hamad International Airport to the Landmark intersection on Doha Expressway. It will involve the development of five main roads, bringing the total length of road construction to 37 kilometers. Upon its completion at the end of 2021, the road will act as a new lung for Doha by providing an alternative to February 22 Road. A total of 17 intersections, 32 bridges, and 12 tunnels will be built as part of the project. It will also have Qatar’s first-ever suspension bridge that will span 1,200 metres from Mesaimeer to Al Bustan Road. The project will also have the country’s longest bridge, covering a distance of 2.6 kilometers.
The corridor will provide easy access to some of Doha Metro stations such as the Economic Zone, Al Waab and Old Rayyan.
“Naming Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor after the Amir of Kuwait is a token of appreciation for Kuwait’s constant support for Qatar, both politically and economically. This is the least that Qatar could do to honour this bond,” Minister of Municipality and Environment HE Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki al Subaie said.
“Corridor is a vital artery of Qatar’s road network enhancing north-south connectivity and providing access to more than 25 residential areas,” he added.
Minister of Transport and Communications HE Jassim bin Saif al Sulaiti said, “The corridor is a gesture to celebrate Kuwait’s 58th National Day and 28th liberation anniversary on February 25 and share the festivities with our brothers in Kuwait. Like every year we celebrate with our bothers in Kuwait these two great occasions, hoping to intensify affection and brotherhood between the two sisterly countries.”
The new corridor will lead to an improved traffic flow between the North and South of Doha, given that it will be a perfect alternative to February 22 Road. The new project will decrease the time of travel from the North to the South of Qatar by 70 percent. He said one of the key features of the project was that it has 15 main roads and it will directly lead to Hamad International Airport as well as many other facilities.
Ashghal President Saad bin Ahmad al Muhannadi said the new corridor project is a consolidation of the brotherly relations between the people of Qatar and Kuwait and expression of loyalty to the people and the Amir of Kuwait.

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