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Qatar floats tender for temporary passenger terminal
30 April 2017
By Sowmya Sundar
“It is a design-build tender for the construction of a temporary passenger terminal inside Doha Port to serve cruise ships for a period of three-five years. The design process should begin by June-July 2017,” a source at Mwani Qatar said.
Tender documents are available for a fee of 700 Qatari rials ($192.22) and the last date for submission, along with a bid bond for 300,000 rials ($82,387), is 9 May, 2017, said a public invite.
Qatar is developing cruise tourism as part of its diversification strategy, and has embarked on a $544 million redevelopment plan to convert Doha Port into a full-fledged cruise terminal.
In October 2016, local English language newspaper The Peninsula reported that Qatar is expected to see a three-fold rise in visiting ships during the 2016-2017 cruise season compared to the previous year. The report said 32 ships were registered to arrive bringing in 50,000 passengers for the season.
Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) appointed Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) as cruise strategy consultants in March 2016 to assess the potential and to advise on developing the cruise business, according to a statement posted on the ISS website. The company said it would also advise QTA on stationing cruise ships at Doha Port to temporarily accommodate visitors during the 2022 World Cup.
In January 2017, Thomson Reuters Projects reported that Qatar has invited construction supervision consultancy bids for the redevelopment of Doha Port.
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