Doha: Qatar’s new Marine Forecasting Office is set to become operational by mid-2015.
It will be the Gulf’s first facility to provide meteorology services to ships entering the region, and only the sixth facility of its kind worldwide.
The new office in Al Wakra will supply up to 10-day weather forecasts and warnings about bad weather to ships entering the Middle East Gulf, covering an area spanning from Kuwait to Oman.
Additionally, the centre will be able to alert coastguards or other agencies to vessels in distress.
The service will be available to all kinds of ships, whether commercial, industrial or military.
The centre has already been recognised by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and the World Meteorological Organisation, a United Nations body. [3/12/14]