The tunnel is part of the Stormwater Drainage Program Project – Phase Three (Southern Doha Areas) which is designed to protect vital assets, including the Hamad Hospital Tunnel and government facilities such as the Ministry of the Interior, the Shura Council, and the Fire Station Museum.

The rainwater drainage tunnel will be approximately 1.7km long, with a 1400mm diameter. A TBM will be used to excavate the tunnel, working at depths of 7-10m below ground level.

Contractor Hamad Bin Khalid Construction Company will undertake the works in areas with high traffic flows, such as the intersection of Mohammed bin Thani Street and Ahmed Bin Ali Street which carries 9,500 to 11,400 vehicles per hour.

Khaled Al-Khayareen, director of the Drainage Networks Projects Department at public works authority Ashghal, said that, in line with the goals of sustainable development and the Qatar National Strategy for Environment and Climate Change, the project would provide a long-term solution to reduce rainwater accumulation rather than relying on the use of temporary pumps during the rainy season. 

The project is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of this year.