Qatar Railways Company will procure 35 additional trains for the Doha Metro project, making the total number of trains serving the project 110.
The additional trains will serve to increase the capacity of the metro system, especially when Qatar hosts the FIFA World Cup 2022, which is expected to attract over a million visitor during the tournament. The trains will also serve the future expansion of the Doha Metro lines, which Qatar Rail intends to carry out after the implementation of Phase 1 of the metro project.
The agreement was signed at the Ministry of Transport and Communications in the presence of H E Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications (MOTC), Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Abdulla Abdulaziz Al Subaie, Qatar Rail’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Hideki Hatai Director, Member of the Board, The Kinki Sharyo Co and representatives from both companies.
On this occasion, the Minister said: “The Doha Metro project is one of the most important pillars of the comprehensive transport plan that we seek to achieve. This step will enhance the metro network’s capacity to transport a large number of individuals, which will in turn support the public transport network, especially when Qatar hosts the FIFA World Cup 2022, during which there will be high demand on the public transport systems.”
Meanwhile, Al Thawadi said: “Qatar Rail’s projects will undoubtedly contribute to the provision of an exceptional experience for fans and visitors during the FIFA World Cup 2022. This project will not only facilitate their transport between stadiums, places of residence and touristic sites, but it will also provide them world-class services that will enrich their overall experience during this mega event. Furthermore, this project is considered a crucial pillar that contributes to economic development in the state of Qatar, to meet the community’s needs, achieve long-term economic diversity and move towards accomplishing Qatar National Vision 2030.”
For his part, Al Subaie said: “One of the most important goals of the Doha Metro is to provide a rapid transport network with widespread coverage between cities, especially when Qatar hosts the FIFA World Cup 2022. The increase in the number of trains serving the Doha Metro project will undoubtedly boost the network’s capacity and decrease time spent between trips. In addition, this strategic move will contribute to the achievement of the project’s long-term goals represented in the expansion of the current lines to reach farther areas.”
Regarding the latest project updates, Qatar Rail recently announced that the progress of Doha Metro Phase 1 Program now stands at approximately 90%. Furthermore, civil works have been completed at all stations. It is also worth noting that MEP and Architectural works are progressing at all 37 stations.
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