By Andy Sambidge
Qatar Railways Company chief says he wants work on project to start 'as quickly as possible'
Work on building a fully integrated rail system in Qatar will start "as quickly as possible" and will create more than 7,000 new jobs, a leading official said on Sunday.
Ghanem bin Saad Al Saad, managing director of Qatari Diar and chairman of the Qatar Railways Company, said the project would be one of the biggest projects of its kind in the Middle East.
"We look forward to starting our work to establish this state-of-the-art, integrated rail network as quickly as possible - connecting various railways around Qatar as well as other rail networks across the Gulf," he said in a statement which did not give a specific start date.
His comments came as Qatari Diar announced a series of new appointments to the Board of its subsidiary Qatar Railways Company (QRC), a move designed to give the Gulf state's rail ambitions extra momentum.
The announcement is part of Qatari Diar's initiatives to lead infrastructure and development efforts corresponding with the country's successful bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Qatari Diar has already completed initial studies for the project, and the preliminary design for the integrated railway network has been agreed.
Al Saad added: "The rail network will help to alleviate motor congestion in Qatar, ensure greater safety for travellers, invigorate tourism, and support the national economy.
"Our fully-integrated national railway network will be one of the largest projects of its kind in the Middle East, and will provide more than 7,000 jobs upon completion."
In November 2009, Qatari Diar and Germany's Deutsche Bahn AG signed a joint venture to establish the Qatar Railways Development Company (QRDC).
QRDC will unify all planned railways in Qatar, including the Doha metro, Lusail light rail, and West Bay people movers.
Qatar Railways to create 7000 jobs ! But for whom? Qataris or Expats? Local citizens in Qatar MUST change their mind-set and be ready to work in such Govt. departments which are gradually being established in their country. If they only want to work in Airconditioned cabins of Ministries and Banks, then there is remote possibility of Qataris to work for their railways!