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Posted On: 30 April 2015 06:51 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:15 pm

Doha mulls privatisation of city bus network

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Officials are considering privatising bus services in Doha, it was reported.

It is part of plans by the Qatar government to reduce its share in public transport in the capital city to 20 percent.

The Peninsula newspaper quoted the country’s minister of transport Jassim Seif Ahmed Al Sulaiti as saying: “Currently, taxi transport services are semi-privatised, and the government is considering privatising bus transport services, while rail and metro services remain under state authority.”

He added: “There is as yet no timeline in place for privatising public bus transport, but we believe the privatisation will bring efficiency and improved quality of service to passengers.”

According to the report the minister also gave new details about the planned new port in Doha’s Al Ruwais area. He said the port will open in January next year while a general cargo and “roll-on, roll-off” facilities at Hamad Port in Mesaieed will open by the third quarter of this year