Doha, February 4, 2007
- Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Industry, H.E. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah yesterday opened the Second WOQOD Service Station in Doha’s Musheireb area.
Opening the fuel station, the Minister said the government would build more such stations in the next few years.
The first WOQOD Station was opened at Abu-Hamour in April last year.
Mohamed Turki Al-Sobai, WOQOD’s Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, said a Convenience Store at the Station offered a wide range of snacks, soft drinks, newspapers, magazines and other items of daily needs. It also has an ATM machine.
“Like the other WOQOD Station at Abu-Hamour, the latest outlet is open round the clock, offering customers living and working in the area the convenience of being able to buy what they want and when they want it,” Al-Sobai said.
WOQOD plans to open eight more service stations this year. Over the next five years, it will have 50 stations.
Al-Sobai said WOQOD was looking for new locations and it had identified many sites for its 2008 service stations.
The Official said many areas in Doha badly needed service stations and the Company was discussing the possibility of setting up stations there with the Urban Planning and Development Authority.
Al-Sobai said the Company was investing in quality training to improve its service to customers.
Later speaking to journalists, WOQOD Marketing Manager, Mark Vidler, said the Company was now focusing to build much bigger stations near the University, Gharaffah, Rayyan and Industrial Area among other locations. Tenders would be issued in July.
The next WOQOD Station will soon be opened in Mesaimeer, he said.
Asking if the Station at Musheireb would have facilities like a post office as in Abu-Hamour, the Official said owing to space constraints the Company could not accommodate all the planned facilities. That was one reason why the Musheireb Station could not have a carwash facility.
Vidler said the Company was determined to achieve the target of 50 stations in five years.