Dubai: Qatar is expected to spend USD 80-100 billion over the next five years to prepare and deliver the infrastructure required to support the huge influx of visitors expected to attend the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

According to Business Monitor International (BMI), a sharp growth of 11.6 percent to USD 7.5 billion is expected during 2011 and continuing in an upward trajectory to the end of our forecast period to 2015.

Senior representatives from Qatar Public Works Authority, Ashghal, Qatar Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning, Roads and Transport Authority Dubai, Transportation Research Board USA and South Central Railway India are to address a key transport meet, 4th Annual Bridges Middle East summit, in Doha from November 27-30.

The large investments to develop the transportation networks have been allocated, including a combined budget of USD 45 billion on developing the country’s rail and road networks and USD 1 billion on a proposed crossing between the airport and Northern Doha.

Existing project timelines are also likely to accelerate to meet other infrastructure requirements. The Qatari government has agreed to invest USD 824 million in 13 large infrastructure projects across the country through the Public Works Authority, Ashghal.

Key road projects include a 3-lane highway in Barwa City, the reconstruction of the Najma road and the development of the Doha Expressway, valued at USD 27 million.

The latter which will connect the north and south of Qatar is anticipated to be completed in 2015 and involves a number of interconnected roads, bridges, interchanges and underpasses.

In addition, the Dukhan Highway, also under construction, has been valued at USD 300 million. The largest proposed projects located within the Lusail City development include the Lusail Highway, tendered at USD 687 million, Light Rail Transit network and marina bridges.

All of the projects include a number of bridge projects which have been designed and located to account for the rising population and aim to increase accessibility, reduce commute times and ease traffic congestion.

(Agencies)