GAC Qatar moves Doha airport terminal

Challenges in logistics are numerous, but when a company is asked to move an entire temporarily airport, it’s a new ballgame altogether.

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By  Robeel Haq Published  July 30, 2006

Challenges in logistics are numerous, but when a company is asked to move an entire temporarily airport from Europe to Qatar in the Middle East, it’s a new ballgame altogether, as GAC Qatar discovered. The Doha Asian Games Organising Committee (DAGOC) recently signed a contract with Siemens AG to erect a temporary airport terminal adjacent to the existing passenger terminal in at Doha International Airport. In turn, Siemens selected GAC Qatar as logistics partner to provide a range of different services, from collection and movement of freight, temporary import permissions and transportation of the containers and cargo to the airport site. DAGOC wants the temporary terminal to ensure speedy clearance for athletes, officials, spectators and visitors during the 2006 Asian Games. In addition, special arrangements are being made for live animals, as organisers expect over 120 horses will compete during the event. The temporary airport terminal will function prior to the Games and will be removed and re-exported after the event. In total, GAC Qatar is planning to process between 80 to 100 containers, which are arriving from numerous points of origin in countries such as Germany, Spain, Portugal, Austria and Netherlands. To quickly expedite this move, the company has managed to secure special temporary import permission with Qatar Customs and Siemens. It has also stationed its logistics Supervisor, Nicklas Ebersson to liase directly with the Siemens team at their onsite office. “We are also providing Siemens with all the support they need on the ground,” said Neelesh Bhangle, GAC Qatar Game Wide Freight Manager. “This includes equipment rentals such as forklifts, side loaders, office modules and washroom modules, which we have provided locally in the form of onsite portacabins.”

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