Doha --- As delegated by His Majesty Sultan
Qaboos Bin Said, Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Futaisi, Minister of
Transport and Communications took part in the official opening
ceremony of Hamad Port under the auspices of Sheikh Tamim bin
Hamad al-Thani, Emir of the sisterly State of Qatar in Umm Al Houl,
south of Doha today.
Hamad Port is considered as one of the largest and modern
ports in the region, with capability to attract more than one third of the
Middle East trade, besides providing more than 200% of the Qatari
The Port spreads over 28.5 square kilometers, with 4km long,
700 metres wide and 17 metres deep. These specifications enable it to
receive the world's biggest ships.
The capacity of Hamad Port is to reach 7.5 million twenty-foot
equivalent unit (TEU) annually on completion of all construction
phases. It has a general cargo terminal with a capacity of 1.7 million
tons annually, a terminal for cereals with a capacity of one million tons
annually, a terminal to receive vehicles with an annual capacity of
500,000, a terminal for livestock, a terminal for coastguard vessels and
a terminal for marine support and backup. Hamad Port applies the
highest standards of safety and security.
The delegation accompanying Dr. al-Futaisi comprised Najeeb
bin Yahya al-Balushi, Sultanate's Ambassador to the State of Qatar
and some officials.
Source: Oman News Agency