Public Works Authority “Ashghal” was established on the basis of the Emiri Decree No. (1) issued by HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani on January 20, 2004, as an autonomous body to oversee all infrastructure related projects as well as public amenities of the State. The Emiri Decree stressed on quality and perfection of work as per international specifications and standards.
The establishment of Ashghal marked an important turning point in the history infrastructure development of the State of Qatar which has embarked on a major phase of change and development in all aspects of life.
In the new millennium, Qatar has embarked on a major transformation drive. There has been a rapid increase in construction projects in the last few years, during which major ventures have been set in motion, such as the Olympics Village, which hosted the delegates of the Asian Games Doha 2006.
The expansion of the Doha International Airport is another major project. Besides these projects, Qatar is in the process of revamping its network of roads by adding flyovers, underpasses, service roads. Improving the sewage collection and treatment system and development of major governmental buildings such as hospitals, schools and tourism facilities are also under way.
Among the major road projects implemented so far, is the Gharafa Interchange, which serves as an entry point to Doha for traffic from the northern cities like Al Khor, Ras Laffan, Shamal and Zabara. It consists of a three-tiered flyover with three lanes on each direction to the length of 900m, and an underpass with three lanes, with a length of 900m.
The Al Asiri Interchange is also an important road project that has been completed to provide easy traffic flow between the west cities and the capital Doha. The 2000 m long interchange consists of three-lane dual carriageway with an over bridge stretching to 1350m.
The ongoing Salwa International Highway project extends from Doha to the Abu Samra check post bordering Saudi Arabia. This 81km long highway with four lane dual carriage way serves as an expressway.
It is being built according to international specifications. The salient features of this highway are emergency side parking spots and parallel service roads with 15 intersections. It will be provided with all the necessary infrastructure services such as electricity, telecommunication and drainage system. Traffic safety shall be the hallmark of all these projects, with adequate landscaping and illumination.
Ashghal has now embarked on a five-year plan to be completed by the year 2009. It envisages a total change of the existing cityscape to suit the needs of the upcoming generations.
Our vision : To be the regional pioneer in the provision of infrastructure development and management.
Our mission : To provide and maintain state-of-the-art infrastructure that fully meet the national economic and social development plans by adopting the best practices known internationally.
Our strategic goals & objectives:
- Fully meet all our customers needs in the most efficient and effective manner.
- Develop a comprehensive communication strategy that raises the level of awareness of Ashghal's activities externally (within the community) and internally (our employees).
- Maximize the employment of Qatari nationals and realize their full potential.
- Develop the most competent "human capital" within the corporation with the emphasis on leadership, management and technical capabilities.
- Adopt and deploy best practice in the domain of infrastructure development and management.
- To comply with and exceed local and international standards in our practices.
- To fully optimize the use of all our resources to implement our plan in the most effective and efficient manner.
- To operate in a financially accountable and transparent manner and fully maximize the value we deliver from our funding expenditure