The Ministry of Transport announced that Hamad Port early operations will start on 24 December 2015 on limited types of ships and cargoes, determined by the operation decision.

Once fully operational, Hamad Port’s capacity will be six million containers a year. It will be connected with GCC countries through road, sea and rail networks, and this is an additional value for Qatar’s Ports in general.

The port will be able to handle 1.7 million tonnes of general goods, one million tonnes of food grains and 500,000 vehicles, and it will also has a general cargo terminal, a multi-use terminal, an offshore supply base, a coast guard facility, and a port marine unit.

Hamad Port will also have a centralised customs area, a port administrative district, vessels inspecting platform, 110m control tower, multiple maritime facilities, and other facilities such as mosque, stocks.