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Doha Metro will be better than Dubai: rail exec

Qatar Rail chief technical officer says Doha has learnt from Dubai's "big problem" with stations located too far from developments

Doha Metro will be better than Dubai: rail exec
The Doha Metro project will meet the demands of the rapidly expanding population of Qatar.

Doha Metro stations will be better connected to nearby developments than Dubai Metro, Qatar Rail chief technical officer has claimed.

Daniel Leckel said several Dubai Metro stations were located too far away from commuters' intended destinations.

“A big problem in Dubai is the connection of the metro to [nearby] developments,” Leckel said during a presentation at Cityscape Qatar on Tuesday.

“It's very difficult to come from the Dubai Metro to a nearby mall or something because the stations are too remote.”

Metro users have to walk about 1 kilometre along an enclosed walkway from the Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall station to the entrance of the mall – and another 1 kilometre to the base of the world's tallest tower.

Leckel said Qatar Rail met with stakeholders such as developers on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to ensure stations were conveniently located.

“This is the biggest difference to Dubai,” he said.

In cases where that was not possible, Leckel said air-conditioned walkways and travellators would be installed.

West Bay Central station would be several hundred metres from the closest office buildings. Leckel said a hop-on-hop-off bus would be provided.

Doha Metro is expected to take 500,000 cars off the road each day when it is fully operational, dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions and also reducing the city's significant traffic bottle necks.

The four-line metro is expected to operate its first passenger service in 2019 and eventually link up to a planned heavy rail network.

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Zen 5 years ago

Wouldn't it be better to say "Qatar Metro IS better connected than Dubai Metro" rather than "Qatar Metro will be better connected than Dubai Metro".

Complete the project on time and then comment pls..

Kaif Hannan 5 years ago

He has a valid point. One has to walk so much to get to most metro stations in Dubai. Hope the RTA improves on this when expanding the metro and making future plans.

Dubai Resident 5 years ago

Dear Mr. Daniel Leckel, without being offensive in any way towards you and with all your respect, please get your homework done in a much more proper and accurate about Dubai Metro. Adding to all of that the Dubai Metro is not 100% yet ready and Dubai Metro has set a many high standards for the same industry.

Alister 5 years ago

And they're off again, AB team are back at it, ranting off utter garbage with no knowledge or checking the facts. So much contradiction (looks at the air-conditioned walkways remark). I was fond of the comment “It's very difficult to come from the Dubai Metro to a nearby mall or something because the stations are too remote.” really, something?? if its "something" you are after then surely it will be remote for you. Find out what is that something you want then maybe you can narrow down where to go.

I'm surprised a piece like this was approved or slipped by the esteem Anil Bhoyrul.

You staff might need to be schooled on what proper professional journalism is. Cant wait to see what the RTA will say.

UAE 5 years ago

Please review your own comments;

In cases where that was not possible, Leckel said air-conditioned walkways and travellators would be installed.
West Bay Central station would be several hundred metres from the closest office buildings. Leckel said a hop-on-hop-off bus would be provided

Now how is this different ?

Vinod 5 years ago

Very sad to note this totally biased comment about Dubai metro. Even today one wonders how the metro was made possible within record time in Dubai. Access to every possible shopping mall, restaurants and other places of interest in Dubai is taken care of to the maximum possible extent. Very convenient A/C walkways provided all over the place where it matters. I recently read an article by a famous Doctor that humans were meant to walk. Less of walk is the bane in todays society resulting in sick and unhealthy people. Further one should not expect metro to go around each and every building in a city. Qatar can afford to do that given the few buildings within the city as against the hundreds Dubai has.

Mark X 5 years ago

Dubai Cares - They are concerned with your health and therefore by making you walk a bit are actually giving you exercise which you normally would not take. Therefore, you are getting 2 in 1. Thank Dubai rather than moan. If everybody walked a reasonable distance daily, there would not be so many fat people around.


Doug 5 years ago

@Alister - you might notice that the comment you're referring to is a QUOTE from Daniel Leckel, it is not a reflection of the opinions of Arabian Business.

In other words, a journalist has reported what someone has said, which to me would be exactly what a professional journalist is supposed to do. Perhaps it is you who needs a little schooling?

AAA 5 years ago

We will believe it when we see it. It is still 5 years out and judging by the time it took to finish the new airport it will probably take longer than that.

Joe 5 years ago

Nobody has a problem with the dubai metro stations actually... if Qatar wanted to be "better connected", then maybe a better idea is to connect Doha metro to Dubai metro, so that we can go from villagio to burj khalifa within 4-5 hours for only 100-200 riyals