The new $7.4 billion Hamad Port in Qatar received its first ship in July, but only yesterday announced that it will begin accepting commercial shipping.
Minister of Transport, Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti, said the port would “modernize the way Qatar handles ocean imports and exports, increasing our maritime trade and facilitate growth and diversification of the country’s economy.”
Speaking with Doha News, Tim Verdon, the program director for the Hamad Port said: “It’s going to de-congest the road network around the existing port.”
This decongestion will also allow for Qatar to ramp up its capacity to host tourist cruises. It is estimated that the touring cruises will quadruple by next summer.