Qatari Diar rail project chugs on



Gulf News reported that developer Qatari Diar has approached consultants to manage a new people mover project as part of the country’s plans to invest in rail projects ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

The state owned real estate developer said that it has invited firms to submit prequalification documents by March 8 for the project management consultancy contract for an automated people mover in West Bay.

As per repot, the people mover project will connect the Doha Convention Centre & Tower to major points in West Bay. The Phase I will be able to transport 5,900 passengers an hour in each direction with 10 stations and 42 cars or carriages.

The project is part of USD 25 billion integrated railway network. It includes the Doha Metro, a freight rail line, a high speed passenger line as well as additional people movers in Lusail and Education City.

The freight and passenger rail network will run for 651 kilometers and include 98 stations. The high speed passenger line will be operated at 220 kilometers an hour and run from New Doha International Airport through the city and on to Ras Ashairij where the Qatar Bahrain Causeway will start.

While no official timeline has been announced on when the construction will start the journal said the causeway remains part of Qatar’s long-term infrastructure plan. The high speed line will enable people to travel from the airport to the causeway in 51 minutes.

The 340 kilometers freight railway will run from Ras Laffan to the New Doha port at Mesaieed. The railway will also include a line that will run to the gas processing facilities in Dukhan in the west. When complete, the freight railway will be able to transport 11 million tonnes of cargo a year.

The freight and passenger lines will form part of the wider GCC rail network. Doha will have four long-distance stations for these lines that will also be integrated with the Doha Metro.