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Orbital Road a Key Artery to link Northern, Central and Southern Qatar


Huge Sections and many junctions of the Orbital have been opened recently

​As part of the educational campaign of the completed external roads, the Public Works Authority, ‘Ashghal’, in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior has given ahead with an awareness campaign of the Orbital Road following the recent accomplishment of many of the highway sections and junctions.

The Orbital Road possesses various benefits, on top of them is reducing roughly 50% of travel time from the South to the Centre and the North of the country since it has lanes that currently  accommodate approximately 8000 vehicles per hour and provide a free flowing traffic movement.

The road has become one of the safest routes in Qatar thanks to its seven lanes (5 five only open) and the separated lanes of trucks and cars, the hard shoulders and lights along the whole highway, unlike the old road which comprised only two lanes for heavy and light vehicles alike.

Orbital Crosses Major Arteries
Strategically speaking, for a distance of over 125 kilometres, the Orbital Road meets with a number of key highways that feed several residential and business areas.

The Orbital Road connects at Bu Jood Interchange with G-Ring Road, a key highway which its recent opening has caused a radical change on traffic in the country. Such connectivity creates a streamlined traffic for all movements coming to and from the North and Doha, Hamad International Airport (HIA) as well as Industrial area and Mesaieed in the south.

Also, the people living in Al Wakra, Al Wukair and South Doha can use the G-Ring Road to Join the Orbital Road then head for Al Khor and Lusail in the North or Dukhan in the West through a seamless traffic.

Orbital/Salwa Road
Salwa Road is another vital artery that meets with Orbital Road at Interchange 24 (Mesaieed Interchange). Travelers coming from the areas around like Industrial Area, or housing areas of Ain Khalid, Umm Al Senee, Al Waab or Al Murra can enjoy a journey on the Orbital Road towards Mesieed in the south or Al Khor in the north or Dukhan in the West, avoiding traffic in Doha or 22 February Street.

Orbital/Dukhan Road
Providing the junction linking Dukan Road and Orbital Road easy traffic in all directions, people residing in Al Rayyan and Al Wajba along with the external areas of Al Sheehaniya, Lejmiliya and Dukhan can use the Orbital Road towards the northern area and Al Khor and the southern areas and Mesaieed alike and then join Salwa Road, as well, to get into Doha and join G-Ring Road towards Hamad International Airport.

Orbital/North Road
The Orbital Road is branched into two major routes, one towards Lusail which intersects with Al Shamal Road at Al Mazrooah Interchange, and abother one towards Al Khor, which intersects with Al Shamal Road at Umm Asmira Interchange.

Therefore, travellers coming from Umm Slal and Al Kheesa can enjoy a journey to Mesaieed crossing over Dukhan Road and past the businesses around such as Mall of Qatar then continue to Salwa Road with no need to commute within Doha or o Doha Expressway.

Travellers coming from Al Khor can go straight to Dukan Road through the Orbital Road where they can head for business facilities in the vicinity and the external areas of Al Sheehaniya. They can continue to Slawa Road to reach areas in Souhern Doha and Hamad International Airport via G-Ring Road in addition to the southern parts of Qatar like Al Wakra, Al Wukair and Mesaieed.

Significant Openings
The Public Works Authority opened Khuwaitim Interchange by February 2018, to involve 5 lanes on the dual carriageway of the orbital Road for a distance of 6.5 Kilometres to extend from Khuwaitim Interchange to Birkat Al Awamer Interchange. The opening doube the road capacity improving the traffic movement.

Also, the opening included two lanes of the main bridge along with the four loops and the right turns of the junction to and from the Orbital Road carriageway.

The new junction a key access point to link the traffic to and from Hamad Port, Mesaieed Road, G-Ring Road, Salwa Road and Dukhan Road towards Al Shamal Road and Al Khor.

Khuwaitim Interchange has special location as it provides free flowing traffic for the trucks heading for Mesaieed besides Al Afja Area where there are waste treatment plants. There is also a direct connection with Al Afja Area and expansion of the road leading to four lanes in each direction.

The new junction will reduce travelling time as the trucks used to take because the diversion in place has been removed saving six kilometres. The road to Al Fja area has been widened into five lanes that lead to better road capacity besides the safety thanks to the new hard shoulder. 2017 was a year of huge milestones for the Orbital Road, featuring 125 km opening of the carriageway, stretching from Hamad Port Interchange to Al Al Shamal Road along with some junctions. As well, the 14 km long Hamad Road was opened to connect Hamad Port and G-Ring Road, and include four lanes in each direction, easing the movement of trucks between Hamad Port and Industrial Area, enhancing the movement of goods between the port and all areas of the country, especially that the road is considered a corridor that reduces journey times, instead of the main Orbital Highway. Hamad Port Road is expected to reduce travel time by more than 15% especially that the road capacity is 8000 vehicles per hour in each direction.

The new road extends from Umm Al Hawl Interchange on Mesaieed Road to G-Ring Road that connects with the East Industrial Street through the tunnel at East Street 33 Interchange. This interchange was formerly known as Al Watan Roundabout, which was opened recently to form a free flowing road between Hamad Port and Hamad International Airport until Salwa Road.