Logistics and transport
At a glance
Qatar is home to the world’s leading international air cargo carrier (Qatar Airways Cargo), the ‘World’s Best Airline’ (Qatar Airways), the ‘2nd Best Airport in the World’ (Hamad International Airport) and the region’s 8th largest port (Hamad Port), all contributing to the very geostrategic location Qatar holds- a country at the inflection point – between East and West, between Africa, Asia and Europe.
The state’s significant investment in the sector is reflected by the size of the transportation market valued at around $9.9 billion, and the momentous journey of transformation that has managed to place Qatar as the region’s 2nd best country for efficient logistics services.
Airline and top ranked Airport globally
Transportation and storage activities
Largest port capacity in the world
for logistics performance
The expansion of HIA consists of Phase A and B. Phase A of the current expansion will comprise of the central concourse linking concourses D and E. Construction commenced in early 2020 and will increase the airport’s capacity to more than 53 million passengers annually by 2022. Phase B, which will be completed after 2022, will extend concourses D and E to further enhance the airport’s capacity to more than 60 million passengers annually.
The expansion plan also includes 11,720 sqm of landscaped retail and F&B space, which will enhance the multi-dimensional offerings of the five-star airport by integrating world-class art collection and refreshing environment of lush greenery with contemporary retail and dining concepts among other leisure attractions and facilities under one expansive terminal.
HIA’s expansion project features a spectacular 10,000 sqm indoor tropical garden in a central concourse as well as a 268 sqm water feature which is the focal point of the expansion project.
Buses electrification project
The Ministry of Transport and Communications will transition 25% of the public transit bus fleet in Qatar to electric. Public buses, government school buses and Doha Metro feeder buses will gradually shift to electrification, thus hitting the roll-out percentage that is required to reduce harmful carbon emissions from buses by 2030, in addition to honouring the concerted efforts that aim to maintain the environmental sustainability. Moreover, Qatar secured the Guinness World Record for the largest electric bus depot in the world as part of its ambitious EV targets to support green mobility.
Qatar’s commitment to clean energy solutions for transportation in the world and supporting the determination to host an exceptional, eco-friendly, carbon-neutral event was evident in the use of electric buses making the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar the first championship where electric mass transit buses were deployed.
Phase 2 of Doha metro
Expected to be completed by 2026, the second phase of the railway project will involve the expansion of phase one lines. An Additional Blue Line with 72 stations will be constructed to serve both the capital and suburbs in all major locations for the easy access and convenience of the public.
Once completed, the metro will also be connected to neighboring countries creating the first fully integrated rail system. Once completed, Qatar Rail’s metro will be the region’s most comfortable, reliable and safest railway system.
Global supply chains, warehousing, and logistics are currently undergoing major changes, creating valuable opportunities. Several trends including digital transformation, need for more manpower, international trade shift and consolidation are reshaping the sector. As part of the transformation in the GCC warehousing and logistics market, Qatar’s major initiatives including easier access to capital and strong tech infrastructure, hold great promise for foreign investors.
Who is already here
The idea of an online food ordering service started in 2008 in Sweden. In 2011 the Delivery Hero group was founded, along with the Hero Hub HQ in Berlin. Delivery Hero operates the popular brand, Talabat in the Middle east which is the home of takeaway in the GCC (Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt, Oman, Bahrain, Iraq and Jordan) a one-stop shop anytime you want to order your favourite food online. With just a few taps, you can easily order delicious food and get it delivered right to your doorstep. You can choose from a wide variety of cuisines or restaurants ranging from global franchises to local concepts. Talabat offers different payment methods as well, to better suit your needs, anytime, anywhere.
Uber in an American company that specialises in logistics services such as ride-hailing and delivering goods. Uber operates in more than 70 cities around the world. Using a mobile application, Uber allows urban travellers to quickly find rides with chauffeured car services, partnering with licensed and insured transportation providers. It started in Qatar in 2014 and service most of the cities in the State of Qatar.
Being one of the leaders in the logistics sector and international courier and package delivery, DHL Express started its operations in Qatar in 1979 and was the first express logistics company in the country. This year DHL Express Qatar will be celebrating 42 years meeting the logistics needs of the people & businesses of Qatar. DHL Qatar is fully equipped with a fleet of over 58 vehicles and more than 260 staff including 32 well trained Customer Service staff.
Recently, DHL signed an agreement with Qatar free Zones Authority to establish a major logistics facility in Ras Bufontas Free Zone, adjacent to Hamad International Airport. Under this agreement, DHL plans to set up a world-class courier express logistics facility at Ras Bufontas Free Zone, offering high-quality services to their customer based both in Qatar and overseas. The facility will incorporate 17 delivery bays over a plot size of more than 19,000 square meters and occupy a prime logistical position directly adjacent to Hamad International Airport.
With more than 540,000 employees worldwide and servicing more than 220 countries and territories, UPS plays a major role in the Qatari logistics sector. In 2015, Gulf Warehousing Company (GWC) entered into an agreement to become a UPS Authorized Service Contractor (ASC) for express parcel service in the State of Qatar.
The agreement allows GWC to provide UPS products and services, including express parcel delivery, as well as access to the UPS global network serving over 220 countries and territories worldwide. The agreement will also improve the pick-up and delivery times offered to UPS customers in Qatar, as well as providing options for integrated solutions, including multi-modal offerings, contract logistics, and brokerage. An emphasis on improved technology will provide customers with shipping tools, visibility tools, and track and trace tools.
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