Qatar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications has launched a project to build 1,000 mooring slips for leisure boats in the country. The slips are now being added to the harbours of Al Wakrah, Al Khor, Al Zakhira and Al Ruwais. The project will be carried out by the Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani Qatar) and completed in the next 18 months.

“The project is one great, right solution providing moorings for private boaters, particularly following a considerable rise in the number of private boats registered lately by the Ministry,” says Dr Saleh Fetais Al Marri, Director Maritime Transport Planning and Licensing and General Supervisor of Maritime Transport Affairs, in a statement.

The goal is to provide modern slips while also making it easier for the boats to negotiate the harbours. It will also reduce private boat traffic in commercial fishing harbours.

Nabil Alkhaldi, engineering director at Mwani Qatar, said the project will be one of the major public-private partnerships in Qatar. “Al Zakhira Harbor’s mooring fields are to be completed and delivered in 10 months, Al Khor Harbor’s mooring fields in 14 months and Al Wakra and Al Ruwais mooring fields in 18 months,” he said in the statement.

The slips will be 10m and 22m in length. Alkhaldi said all construction materials would be eco-friendly to help preserve living marine resources in local waters.