On Saturday, 16th November 2019, the President of Ashghal - Public Works Authority, His Excellency Dr. Eng. Saad bin Ahmad Al Muhannadi, in the presence of senior dignitaries and officials: HE Safar Mubarak Al Shafi, Assistant Undersecretary for General Services Affairs at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment; HE Franck Gellet, French Ambassador to Qatar, a number of Ministries’ Undersecretaries & Assistant Undersecretaries, led the official site visit and grand opening of Al Karaana Lagoons in Qatar.
Reclamation and Rehabilitation of Al Karaana Lagoon project became one of the most environmentally significant projects in the country. “The area transformed from a harmful environment to a healthy wildlife habitat. We are proud of this achievement, which reflects the continuous efforts of all entities to provide sustainable solutions to protect the environment.” said HE Dr. Eng. Saad bin Ahmad Al Muhannadi. Previously polluted lakes are now home to over a hundred different species of birds, mammals, reptiles and fish. The site will serve as a tourist attraction but will also provide the research fields for local schools and universities.
A tree-planting event was also organized during the official opening. The students from Al Karaana School for Boys participated in Our Kids Planting Trees campaign launched by the Supervisory Committee for Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar.
Egis was involved in all stages of the project from 2015 when awarded a Pre and Post Contract Consultancy Services contract to rehabilitate the lagoon. The project involved various elements, such as: waste water evaporation (volume estimated to 4.7 mln m3), remediation of approx. 2.7 mln m3 of polluted soils, including 0.5 mln m3 heavily polluted, creation of a new unloading facility for industrial waters, development of a zone dedicated to wildlife conservation, supplied by the treated water coming from the adjacent water treatment plant. The works were carried out by Suez under a D&B contract.
“When the environmental survey carried out in 2015 showed that the lagoons attract so many different species of animals, it was clear to us that the area must become a wildlife preserve and that we must put all our efforts in execution of this iconic project” – said Philippe Berthet, Project Director from Egis.
The lagoons are not just beautiful – they are part of Qatar’s sustainable vision and will be appreciated for the generations to come.