As Marsa is 1.6km long, with 500m wide draught and 3km of quay wall, it is able to serve ships up to 70m long.

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Now, applications for real estate in the cluster are open, and expected activities include among others shipbuilding and repair, internal design and fit-out, boat brokerage and maritime research.

In addition, local media report that QFZA also signed three MoUs with entities in China to boost growth within the free zone development and the wider Qatari economy.

Specifically, an MoU with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) aims to enable co-operation via information exchange mechanisms and build a business-to-business consultation platform.

The collaboration will also focus on helping business communities understand better relevant regulations about business activities in Qatar or China.