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Thu 25 Feb 2010 09:45 AM

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Qatar begins work on $40bn rail projects

Metro trains to run at 160km per hour; overground trains to run at up to 350km per hour.

Work has begun on Qatar’s multibillion-dollar metro and ground rail projects, set to be completed in phases until 2016, and central to the emirate’s dreams of hosting the 2022 football World Cup.

The three projects – a metro network within Greater Doha, overground railways covering Qatar, and then links to the rest of the GCC region – are expected to cost as much as $40bn, said Qatar daily newspaper the Peninsula.

According to the paper, Qatari Diar officials said the metro rail project will cover a total distance of 354km and the trains will run at speeds of 80 to 160km per hour.

The ground rail network will cover a total distance of 345km and traverse the entire country, with electric passenger trains running at up to 350km per hour, the paper said.

The network will be linked to the proposed GCC railway system by 2017, it added.

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Joe Bloggs 10 years ago

While the world is on its knees and children are starving in the world, Qatar feels the need to spend so much money on a railway system. Can somebody please tell me where exactly the trains will go to? There is practically nothing outside of Doha, apart from the gas areas in the North. Why build a train to nowhere?

Nabeel Moidu 10 years ago

Doha struggles with traffic congestion today. The rail traffic can definitely be a blessing to the residents here.