Firm’s engineers will transform roads and drainage systems in Doha over 5 years

Atkins has won a five-year engineering contract to help transform roads and drainage systems in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

The deal is worth more than £65m and was agreed with Ashghal, the Public Works Authority of Qatar.

The work is a key part of Qatar’s Masterplan and vision for 2030, and will enhance Doha’s infrastructure ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Atkins will have a flexible team of civil and structural engineers, transport planners and urban designers working on the contract. Staff will be drawn mainly from the Middle East, with support from the UK and North America.

Uwe Krueger, Atkins’ chief executive, said: “We have targeted investment in our Middle East business to build the breadth and depth of our expertise in the region’s key growth markets. This is now paying off, as we can see from our success with Ashghal. We are delighted to be working with them to contribute to their quest to create world-class infrastructure in Qatar.”

Atkins opened an office in Doha in 2002, and this month moved to larger accommodation to support its continuing growth in Qatar.

The company is currently working on several key highways projects across the emirate, including the concept design of the Khalifa, Rayyan and Al Bustan roads.