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Qatar Rail will award metro deals next year

Gulf state will use metro network to transport fans during 2022 World Cup

Qatar Rail will award metro deals next year
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Qatar Railway, which is building a US$35bn metro and railway system in the Gulf emirate, plans to award contracts for the elevated metro sections in the second quarter of next year.

Track contracts, currently scheduled to be awarded in the first quarter of 2014, may be brought forward to next year, Deputy CEO Geoff Mee said at a conference in Doha, the Qatari capital.

He declined to give the value of the contracts, while saying they will be financed from government revenue.

The company had to advance the first phase of the project by 18 months to ensure key parts of the metro will be ready should Qatar be awarded the 2020 Summer Olympics, Mee said on February 6.

The emirate is hosting the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament and will use the metro to transport fans to matches.

The first phase of the project, including metro lines linking the airport to planned sporting venues, is scheduled to start operating by the fourth quarter of 2019, Mee said.

Qatar Railway is evaluating bids submitted by 18 groups for five packages of work that include digging tunnels and constructing stations, and contracts for those projects will be awarded in the fourth quarter, he said.

Drilling work for the metro will start at the beginning of 2013, Saad Al Mohannadi, Qatar Railway’s CEO, said February 15.

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PKK 7 years ago

It was announced last year that contracts would be awarded in Q1 2012, right ? Even standard roadworks (6km stretch on Salwa Road, Doha F-ring) take 3 years to be completed. The new doha airport should have opened in 2008 and will open in 2013.

So we enough reason to question that this hugh project will be finished by 2019.

John Davidson 7 years ago

The current Doha airport is a joke. I guess the new one is supposed to be finished at the end of this year? Now it's as if you land in Bahrain and then drive by coach to Doha. Ridiculous for the "five-star" airline.