Qatar’s climate is arid, but it has high-volume rainfall runoff, which often causes serious flooding, health risks and structural damage. Climate change has been exasperating flood-related risks in cities and towns as rainfall has been increasing in Qatar and the greater GCC region. The public works authority Ashghal has diligently been working to mitigate these risks.

In 2017, Petroserv, a major Qatari engineering consultant and construction company, subcontracted Engicon for the design of a flood-control infrastructure. The project objectives are to reduce, or eliminates where possible, flooding at high-risk areas (hotspots) across the Doha municipality (132 km²).

This fast-track project introduced standard and novel methods for collecting and managing surface Water run-off, as well as provide solutions for surface water and ground water collection systems for five hotspot locations at expressways.

The design approach assesses attenuation at origin, taking advantage of the favorable conditions the site offers for evaporation and surface infiltration. Such approach attempts to reduce the contribution to downstream surface and ground water systems.

Part of the solution also provided either a new collection network or additional gullies to mitigate the flooding at hotspots. Engicon’s design team recommended systems for flooding prevention at several main intersections and surface water drainage for other hotspots. 


 Services Provided:


  • Storm Management 
  • Geographical Information System
  • Instrumentation Control and Automation
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Detailed Design
  • Tender Documents