Ashghal awards construction contracts for $549mn worth of education projects

Eight companies awarded 11 contracts, which have a completion deadline of Q4, 2014

Ashghal will invest $549.2 million into building 44 new schools by Q4, 2014.

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Ashghal, the Qatari Public Works Authority, has awarded contracts worth more than $549.2 million for the construction of 44 new schools, including 15 kindergartens, across the country.

Nasser Ali al Mawlawi, president of Ashghal, said that eight companies were awarded the 11 contracts, which had a completion deadline of the fourth quarter of 2014. He added that Ashghal would work closely with the Ministry of Education and other government bodies to develop more schools and facilities over the coming months.

“In line with the Qatar National Vision 2030, Ashghal is committed to supporting an advanced educational system by building modern and technologically advanced institutions across the country,” he said.

Al Mawlawi insisted that Ashghal would ensure that all institutions would be completed on schedule, pointing out that education was vital for Qatar’s social progress.

He added that Ashghal had delivered 26 schools and kindergartens worth $274.6 million in 2012. Before the beginning of the next academic year, the authority would hand over 16 educational institutions, including kindergartens, worth a combined value of $121.3 million.

The new schools will have IT laboratories, sport and recreational halls, activity rooms, libraries and classrooms.

“Their design is in line with the Qatari specifications for people with special needs, equipped with ramps at entrance and exit, and special specifications for bathrooms and other areas,” pointed out al-Mawlawi.

Green building requirements, including installation of systems and equipment to save water and energy, has been considered while designs of the buildings were approved, he said.

The new schools and kindergartens will be built in Al Waab, Al Aziziya, Umm Ghuwalina, Al Rayyan, Aba al Hayran, Old Airport, Onaiza, Al Wukair, Al Khissa, Al Luqta, Madinat Khalifa (South), Madinat Khalifa (North), Lijmiliya, Rawdat Egdaim, Al Mearad, Jeryan Jenaihat, Mebireek, Al Hareen, Nuaija Rawdat Al Hamama, Al Thameed, Al Hilal, Al Thumama, Al Karaana, Mesaieed, Leghwairiya, Rawdat Rashid and Umm Salal Mohamed.


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