Qatar's Sidra hospital project facing repeated delays , main contractors sacked

Posted on 23rd July 2014

According to reports in Doha News, Qatar's national daily and a statement released by Qatar Foundation, the organization that funds the Sidra hospital project, On 22 July 2014, Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development terminated the contract for design and construction of the Sidra Facilities in Doha, Qatar, which was awarded in 2008 to the OHL Internacional / Contrack (Cyprus) Ltd. Joint Venture.

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According to the spokesperson for Qatar Foundation, "Sidra Medical and Research Center (Sidra) is a crucial project for the people of Qatar. Sidra is committed to bringing state-of-the-art patient care to Qatar, the Gulf region and the world. Sidra has three essential missions: world-class patient care, medical education and biomedical research. When complete, the Sidra facilities will set new standards in patient care for women and children in Qatar and internationally.”

According to an administrative employee at Sidra, OHL and Contrack (and a slew of subcontracted companies) were fired because they have not delivered the hospital on time. Touted to be  “an ultramodern academic medical center” dedicated to the care of women and children, Sidra was originally supposed to open in 2011, but has repeatedly postponed this date. The most recently floated timeline was 2015, but as of May, Sidra could no longer provide a solid opening date because work on the building had not been completed.

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