Qatar awards Doha Metro contracts

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A prototype of Doha Metro train. Qatar Rail has awarded four design and build contracts worth around USD 8.2 billion for phase one of the Doha metro project. Photo-Qatar Rail

Qatar Rail has awarded four design and build contracts worth USD 8.2 billion for phase one of the Doha metro project.

The project includes four rail lines and underground section in the centre of Doha. The rail network is part of Qatar’s preparations for hosting the FIFA World Cup 2022 and will link football stadiums across the tiny Gulf state.

The Red Line North project has been awarded to a consortium led by Italian construction firm Impregilo S.P.A, which also includes South Korea’s SK Engineering & Construction Co. and Qatar’s Galfar al-Misnad Engineering and Contracting. Another consortium led by QDVC, a joint venture between Qatari Diar and France’s Vinci Construction Grands Projets, will be responsible for developing the Red Line South project.

The Green Line project was awarded to a consortium led by PORR Bau GmbH, and includes Saudi Binladin Group and Qatar’s Hamad Bin Khalid Contracting Co. The metro’s major stations will be built and designed by a consortium including South Korean construction firm Samsung C&T Corp. Spain’s Obrascon Huarte Lain S.A. (OHL) and Qatar Building Company.

No immediate details were released regarding the values of each contract separately. Qatar Rail expects to employ about 20,000 workers for the project, slated to be completed by 2019. Construction work on the project is scheduled to begin later this year.

The gas-rich state of Qatar plans to put up a memorable and grand show at the football’s premier competition in 2022.

As Qatar prepares to host the mega event, it is spending several billions of dollars on infrastructure projects over the next few years.

Some of the most notable projects include a USD 40 billion national integrated rail network, a new USD 11 billion airport and a USD 5.5 billion deep water seaport. The country is also expected to submit a bid to host the Olympics in 2020.

Doha Metro Network 2026

Doha Metro Network 2026
Doha Metro Network 2026 (click on the image to enlarge)

The Doha Metro is an integral part of the Qatar Rail Development Program (QRDP).

The 4 lines of the Metro network will cover the Greater Doha area and will include connections to town centres and vital commercial and residential areas throughout the city.

In central Doha, the Metro will be underground, whilst at the outskirts; it will mainly be at ground level or elevated.

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