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Written by  Author |   Mon, 26 October 2015 04:04


Qatar hails a new era of metro, railway and freight lines 

Qatar is spending almost $40 billion on three railway projects as part of an integrated Gulf plan worth $200 billion in total.   The master plan involves the development of a metro railway system in Qatar and long-distance freight lines connecting the country with the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The GCC network, which is in the planning stage, will connect the six member states, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain, with an estimated 1,940 km rail network.

In August 2008 Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment, the national development agency, appointed the German national railway company Deutsche Bahn to produce plans for a railway network in the country. DB International (DBI), the international wing of Deutsche Bahn, along with Qatari Diar prepared conceptual designs for a consolidated railway network development in Qatar.

Qatari Diar and Deutsch Bahn signed an agreement in November 2009 to form a joint venture, Qatar Railways Development Company (QRDC), for implementing, developing and managing the concept design of the railway plan on the Persian Gulf. Qatari Diar holds 51% and DBI owns 49% shares in the JV.

QRDC was commissioned to design and implement an integrated world-class railway system considered as one of the most successful, safe and environmentally-friendly railway systems in the world. This system will meet the demands of Qatar’s dynamic growing population and connect central Doha with the airport and football stadia which will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The company responsible for developing the rail transport in Qatar has been restructured after Qatar won the World Cup bid with the aim of shortening decision making processes. A Railways Steering Committee, chaired by the Prime Minister, has now been established and will be responsible for co-ordination of the entire rail project.
In creating Qatar’s much anticipated state-of-the-art integrated railway network, the QRC will manage the development of the West Bay People Mover, Lusail City’s Light-Rail Transit system, and the integrated Qatar Railways Project, which will incorporate a metro system, long-distance passenger travel, and freight transport.

The Qatar Integrated Railway Project encompasses four metro lines, a tramway and a people mover serving two new cities, extensive commuter railways, a high speed line across the planned road-rail causeway to Bahrain, and a mixed-traffic link to neighboring Saudi Arabia. 

Greater Doha Metro to be ready in 2018

Doha Metro is expected be one of the most advanced rail transit systems in the world when it becomes operational in 2016. Qatar originally planned the metro in 2007, in a bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Doha. Doha Metro is part of the larger railway network mentioned above. But winning the World Cup bid has given new momentum to the project.

The Doha metro network is also based on the master plan and is expected to cost approximately $2.6 billion. The metro will be one of the most modern railway networks in the world. The metro network will be built in phases. It will have four lines with an overall length of 300 km and have 98 stations.

The four lines of Doha metro will link all the major locations of the city such as the Education City and West Bay, Lusail urban development area, Doha airport and the business and conference center. The railway lines and infrastructure will be through tunnels, overhead railways and at the ground level.

The Greater Doha Metro Rail, which will link Messaieed to Al Khor and Ras Laffan via Musheireb and Hamad Hospital in Doha city, will be ready in 2018.
Al Khor is some 42km north of Doha while Ras Laffan is about 90km away from here, also in the north. The metro will comprise four rail networks, some 80 percent of which will be underground.  The networks will crisscross one another at Musheireb rail station, which will be the main junction.

The first network to be known as Red will be 174km long and cover 20 stations and link Messaieed to Al Khor and Ras Laffan via Musheireb and Hamad Hospital in Doha and Lusail City.  Lusail will have its own internal rail network.

The second Metro network, with a length of 128km, is to be known as Green. It will pass through 32 stations and link Doha city (Musheireb) to Education City and the South Industrial Area and stretch up to Umm Salal in the north.

The third Metro network will be known as Golden. It will link Hamad International Airport to Al Waab city via Doha from east to west. This network will also pass through Musheireb (the main junction), northern parts of Old Airport locality, south of Al Rayyan and Salwa Road.

Then comes the fourth and the last network, to be known as Blue. It will be a semi-circular network and will link the first three networks to one another. It will pass through the West Bay to the northern side of Hamad International Airport. The network will go around the C Ring Road.
The Education City station will be the second largest after Musheireb. The Musheireb station will have 190-metre long platform and will be located some 30 meters underground.

As for international rail lines, one will link Doha to Saudi Arabia while the other will pass through the proposed Doha-Bahrain causeway and link Doha to Manama.

It is, however, not known if these two networks will also be ready for operation by 2018.
The designs of all stations and related buildings is based on Arab and Islamic architecture.
The initiation point for the Red network will be Messaieed, while that for Green will be Hamad International Airport. Messaieed will also be a large terminus.

Qatar’s rail project comprises three parts: The Greater Doha Metro networks, the international lines that will connect Doha to Bahrain and Doha to Saudi Arabia (and to other countries from there), and the Lusail City’s internal rail system. Some 32 percent of Qatar Rail Company’s employees are Qatari and include highly qualified and experienced engineers.

 

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