Qatar - Country Commercial Guide
Architecture Engineering & Construction

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2020-11-18

Overview

The architecture, engineering, and construction sectors continue to experience a slow-down, despite the government’s continued plan for the Qatar National Vision 2030 and World Cup 2022 development.  Stagnant low oil prices over recent years have led to budget cuts across all government agencies, in addition to Amir’s focus on austerity measures. Total government spending in 2018 on construction was $9 billion, mostly on infrastructure developments (highways, port development, and new military base development).  The largest project with a construction component to be awarded in 2020 is Qatar Petroleum’s North Field LNG Expansion project. 

Opportunities with Major Government Agencies

  • Ministry of Municipality and Environment
  • Public Works Authority (Ashghal)
  • Ministry of Transport and Communications
    • Qatar Rail
    • Hamad International Airport
    • Hamad Port
    • Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani)
  • Qatari Diar/Lusail Real Estate Development Company
  • Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy
  • Private Engineering Office
  • Qatar Foundation
  • Qatar Petroleum

The public and private sectors rely heavily on international expertise in the areas of architectural, construction, and engineering services, creating opportunities in this sector for U.S. firms.  U.S. firms are largely present in the design, project, and construction management/supervision services field.

Over the past few years, Qatar has expanded public transportation.  Qatar Rail opened its first metro line in May 2019 and has since opened two additional lines, with the entire network serving 37 stations, serving as a non-automotive mode of transportation available for the public.

Largest Ongoing Infrastructure Projects

Project

Total Project Value (USD, Billions)

Expected Completion Date

Details

Lusail

45.0

2019

Mixed-use development

Qatar Rail

40.0

2026

Metro and rail links

Major Expressway Program

20.0

Ongoing

Ashghal expressways

Hamad International Airport Expansion – Terminal 2

15.5

2020

Hamad International Airport

Local Roads

14.6

2020

Ashghal roads and drainage

Barwa Al Khor

10.0

2025

Mixed-use development

Hamad Port

7.4

2020, two container terminals open

New port south of Doha

Sharq Crossing (Currently on hold)

5.0

2021

Crossing for Doha bay

2022 World Cup Stadiums

Stadium

Status

Contractor 

Seat Capacity

Khalifa Renovation

Completed

MIDMAC-Six Construct JV 

40,000

Education City

Completed

J&P Qatar, Conspel, and J&P Avax

40,000

Al Janoub (al Wakra)

Completed

MIDMAC/Porr/Six Construct JV

45,000

Al Bayt 

Commissioned

Salini Impregilo/Galfar Engineering/Cimolai

60,000

Al Rayyan

Commissioned

Al Balagh – Larsen & Toubrou

40,000

Ras Abu Aboud

Commissioned

HBK Contracting

40,000

Lusail

Commissioned

HBK Contracting - China Railway Construction Company (CRCC)

80,000

Al Thumama Stadium

Commissioned

Al Jaber Engineering – Tekfen Construction

40,000

Sub-Sector Best Prospects

  • Building materials
  • Engineering and architectural services
  • Construction and project management services
  • Specialized contractors and service providers for education and healthcare facilities

Trade Shows

  • Project Qatar – December 7-10, 2020 (scheduled) – Doha Exhibition and Convention Center

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