The Ministry of Works was recently awarded ‘MEED Quality Award for Projects- Transport Projects”, in recognition of the remarkable success they have achieved with Mina Khalifa Bin Salman Port Project. The news of the winner project was announced during the competition organized by MEED to honor distinguished projects amongst the GCC Countries.
In a statement by Ministry’s Undersecretary Nayef Al Kalali, he said that the MEED Award is an additional achievement to be added to the Ministry’s previous successes and awards, including eGovernment Excellence Award, Best Government Website in Arab Region 2010, Palladium Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame Award for Excellence in Executing Strategy, and Asian Congress Human Resources Development Award 2009, in addition to the ISO Quality Certification 9001:2008 in 2010.
‘The judging for MEED’s Quality Award for Projects focuses on specific criteria relating to project development and execution in five key areas; Economic & Social Feasibility, Design & Architecture, Engineering, Procurement & Programme Management and Sustainability, all of which the Ministry has succeeded to achieve in Khalifa Bin Salman Port. It took us intricate planning and perseverance, and we are proud of our achievement,’ Al Kalali said.
The BD 170 Million Project covers a 110 hectare reclaimed area, with 1.8 Km long concrete block Quay Wall, 900 metre of which is dedicated to fully equipped and high-tech container station. The port’s yearly incomes soared to approximately BD 20 Million in 2010.
With a minimum water depth of 15m, Khalifa Bin Salman Port is seen as the first of its kind in the Gulf Area; capable of accommodating 1.1 million containers on a yearly basis, in addition to passenger and goods vessels, and ro-ro ships. The port is being monitored and supervised by the General Organization of Sea Ports.