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The development of fishing ports is in full swing, according to MME

Fishing ports at Al Wakra, Al Khor, and Al Ruwais, as well as a fishermen’s terminal in Al Thakhira, are being developed as part of Qatar’s largest expansion project, according to the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME).

After the project is done, marine parking spaces for fishing boats and ships, as well as the associated services, are scheduled to be operational over the next three months, according to a statement released by MME yesterday. Fisheries Department Director Abdulaziz Mohamed al-Dehaimi of the MME said the initiative would help increase the productivity of fishing vessels while preserving the quality of fish and fish products.

He emphasised that fishing ports, as well as the services and equipment they provide, are among the most critical services needed by fishermen and fishing boats in order to conduct their business in a safe and efficient manner. Al Khor, Al Wakra and Al Thakhira facilities have been completed to 100 per cent, while Al Ruwais is around 95 per cent complete.

It was mentioned by Al-Dehaimi that this development project is regarded as one of the most significant national projects and programmes under the 2nd national development strategy, 2018-2022. As of January 2019, UrbaCon Trading & Contracting Company is in charge of implementing the project, under the supervision of Mwani Qatar

For fishing boats, floating berths will be built to fulfil their demands, as well as a sufficient number of marine parking spaces to find a suitable solution to the problem of overcrowding.

There will be firefighting equipment in the ports as well as a variety of other services such as refuelling stations, platforms for launching boats and offices that provide administrative services to the general public and fishermen. 69 marine mooring lots for boats and three for surveillance vessels will be built in Al Thakhira, 208 mooring lots will be built in Al Khor, 368 in Al Wakra, and 233 in Al Ruwais, according to Al-Dehaimi.

HE Dr Abdulla bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie toured the project on August 26 due to the project’s relevance in expanding the fishing industry and related services. Assisting him was Sheikh Dr Faleh bin Nasser al-Thani, Assistant Undersecretary for Agriculture and Fisheries Affairs, as well as a number of departmental heads from the ministry.

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