January 22, 2015
The Sharq Crossing, one of the most iconic projects for Qatar is delayed and is, for now, outside the government priorities.
One of the most impressive projects in Doha has been delayed and won’t be completed for the World Cup 2022. The Sharq Crossing is the first big project to fail and to, probably, show the impact of the low oil prices.
Despite the huge investments in infrastructure, the $12-billion Sharq Crossing Programme has been put on the back burner and is not included in the government’s recently released priority list for the next seven years.
The project, designed by Spain’s Santiago Calatrava, comprises three bridges linked with two immersed tunnels and a marine tunnel interchange spanning Doha Bay and was due to connect Doha’s Hamad International Airport with the city’s cultural district of Katara in the north and the downtown central business district of West Bay.
It was expected to be capable of handling 6000 vehicles an hour and offer some relief to commuters on the Corniche, while also serving as an iconic attraction.
The development program for Qatar includes $140-billion worth of projects in preparation for the international tournament, including roads, stadiums, the recently opened airport, a new port and residential and retail developments.
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