The Doha metro project under the ownership of Qatar Rail (Qatar Railways Company) is central to delivering Qatar’s long-term development plan , National Vision 2030, which will ‘take the country from its current status quo as a hydrocarbon-dependent country to a diversified, pluralistic, and knowledge-based economy by 2030’. The Doha metro is critical to hosting the World Cup in 2022 and part of a planned new national rail network which will unify all railway in Qatar, ultimately connecting to neighbouring GCC countries to create the region’s first fully integrated rail system.
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Qatar Rail is overseeing the construction of Qatar’s multi-billion dollar state-of-the-art integrated rail network including the Doha Metro project and also the management, operation and maintenance of the country’s rail network. In addition to the Doha Metro, Qatar Rail also has responsibility for the light rail network, the Lusail Tram and long distance rail, all of which will ultimately be connected to the wider GCC rail network.
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What Is The Doha Metro?
The driverless Doha Metro system project was launched in 2013 and will run through the city of Doha, Qatar’s capital. It will cover a total distance of 241km with 106 stations, of which 123km will be constructed underground. The new metro system will connect the main areas of Doha, including the Hamad International Airport, the Old City, and newly developing inner-city areas such as West Bay and Lusail.
The Doha Metro is planned to be built in two phases:
Phase 1 – will see the construction of three out of the four lines (Red, Gold, and Green) and 37 stations. These lines were originally expected to be open to the public by 2019 but now forecast to open in 2020. The first part of the network will be largely underground and is expected to open at the end of 2018, with traffic expected to reach 640 000 passengers/day from 2021.
Phase 2 – additional line (Blue) and the expansion of the existing ones, with more than 60 additional stations and the first expansion will be completed by 2026.
Doha Metro Phase 1 – February 2018 Jobs Update
- Civil engineering works were all completed and also a total of 106km of track was laid in 2017
- Total labour in 2017 exceeded 73,000, with an increase of 23,000 workers compared to 2016
- In December 2017 Qatar Rail awarded the RKH Qitarat joint venture a €3bn contract to the Franco/Qatari joint venture, which includes RATP Dev, Keolis (49 percent) and Hamad (51 percent). 20-year contract to operate and maintain the Doha metro and Lusail light rail networks to the Franco/Qatari joint venture, which includes RATP Dev, Keolis (49%) and Hamad (51%). The JV only has a year to prepare for the launch of the new network and is now accelerating its recruitment programme. The pre-launch mobilisation phase is an ‘extremely short timeframe and as a result, the JV will have to recruit and train employees in less than 12 months, with 1500 staff being needed within two years.
- In 2018 the focus has now shifted onto mechanical, electrical and plant (MEP) works and architectural fit-out in stations
- In January 2018 according to HE the Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti construction work on the Doha Metro project is more than 73% complete and confirmed it would be ready for public use by 2020, but will open in phases from the end of 2018. Al-Sulaiti said: “We have come by leaps and bounds in laying the foundations for our connected nation and the Doha Metro project forms the fundamental backbone of the integrated public transport system supporting Qatar’s National Vision 2030. We look forward to further progress being made by Qatar Rail in 2018 as a vital contributor to the implementation of the key transport infrastructure project. We are on track to deliver this new and paramount transport solution to the nation when the network becomes operational in 2020″
- In 2018 recruiting ‘highly-skilled’ workers remains a priority for Qatar in general with engineers of all types in huge demand, with ‘ continuous demand for both Qataris and non-Qataris’
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