Tuesday 11 October 2022

Abu Samra border crossing expanded to 24 vehicle lanes

Prime Minister and Minister of Interior H E Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani visited the Abu Samra border crossing to check the arrangements put in place to facilitate fans' travel during the World Cup. 

The PM also inspected the recent expansion and development of facilities as well as the reception halls and equipment, designed and built with the latest technologies, to facilitate the process of receiving the tournament’s fans, the country’s guests, and visitors.

The PM was also briefed on the border crossing’s absorptive capacity and the working mechanism, in addition to the advanced services and protection systems used. He was also updated on security and safety procedures, and equipment to facilitate the arrival of fans for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by a number of Their Excellencies' senior officials in the security sector and the facilitators of the Abu Samra border crossing expansion project. 

On this occasion, Dr. Eng. Saad bin Ahmad Al Muhannadi, President of the Public Works Authority (Ashghal), said: “The port expansion works will serve travelers to and from Qatar with more than double the previous capacity by increasing the number of passenger vehicle service lanes from 9 to 24 lanes.”

He noted that internal air-conditioning systems have been added to the buildings of the customs inspection platforms for trucks and vehicles. 

Lt. Col. Muhammad Sultan Al Mannai, Vice-Chairman of the Permanent Committee for the Management of Abu Samra Border Port, said the port's development will contribute to facilitating travellers’ procedures and completing them smoothly and in a shorter time.

Works implemented within the Abu Samra Border Crossing project include developing the passports buildings to serve arrivals and departures, with an increased capacity from nine to 24 vehicles at the same time. Customs buildings for arrivals have also been developed from 28 to 36 vehicles.

As part of what has been implemented to serve the World Cup, a passenger hall has been constructed covering 10,000 square meters and has a capacity to serve 2,000 visitors per hour for arrivals and 2,000 visitors per hour for departures. Also, 44 passports and 22 customs inspection platforms will serve the fans coming to Qatar and provide them with comfort and safety. Temporary parking lots were also established to raise the capacity of the tournament fans’ parking spaces from 1,400 to 4,500, with the installation of a parking reservation system. 

The project includes 48 tourist tracks to serve 12,000 cars entering and leaving Qatar, in addition to road development works with a length of 4.5 km. 

Infrastructure development works included the development of sewage networks with a length of 1.3 km, and rainwater drainage networks with a length of 2.5 km. The project also included the implementation of 2 square kilometers of green spaces and beautification works for four roundabouts.

Security systems equipped with the latest technologies and the highest international standards have been installed at the port. The works also included renovating and adding a new security fence. 

Three separate lanes will be allocated for trucks only, in addition to providing truck parking lots serving 500 trucks with a total area covering 150,000 square meters.  Commercial truck inspection platforms have also been sealed and air-conditioned.

(Source: The Peninsula)

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