The $21bn Doha Metro will play an impor¬tant role in moving people around the city during the Fifa 2022 World Cup, although its final stages will not be completed until 2026.
In an interview with MEED, deputy CEO of Qatar Rail Hamad al-Bishri was keen to emphasize the project is not for the tournament alone.
“Doha Metro is being built for the state of Qatar,” he said. “Although it will provide services for the World Cup, it is not being built solely for the World Cup; it is being built for the people of Qatar.”
The metro will have four lines, with 93 stations spread over 354 kilometers of track. It includes connections to town centers, stadiums and com¬mercial and residential areas, running underground in central Doha and above ground or along elevated sections in the city’s outskirts.
Red Line North
Total length: 55.7 kilometers
Elevated and level: 42.6km
Total stations: 18
Stretching northwards from Msheireb station, work includes the excavation of two parallel tunnels running 11.6km, and seven underground stations.
Tunneling: The underground northern section will cross Doha on a north-south axis.
The QR8bn ($2.2bn) deal was awarded to a consortium of Impregilo (Italy), SK Engineering
& Construction (South Korea) and Galfar al-Misnad Engineering & Contracting (local).
Stations: A QR4bn package for the two major stations at Msheireb Downtown Doha and
Education City was awarded to Samsung C&T (South Korea), OHL (Spain) and Qatar Building
Company, with Jacobs Engineering (US) running the project management.
Elevated section: In December 2014, a consortium of Rizzani de Eccher (Italy), Lotte
Engineering & Construction (South Korea) and Redco (local) won a $609m contract to build the elevated section.
Total length: 65.3 kilometers
Elevated and level: 28.3km
Total stations: 31
The Green Line follows Al-Rayyan Road con¬necting Education City with Doha’s centre, also linking to the west coast town of Dukhan, Umm Slal and the Industrial Area South.
Tunneling: The 15km underground section contract is worth QR8bn ($2.2bn) and con¬nects central Doha with Karwa City to the south and Al-Rayyan, Education City and Umm Saif stadium to the North. The deal was awarded to a consortium of Porr (Austria), Saudi Binladin Group (Saudi Arabia) and HBK Contracting Company (local).
Elevated sections: The same consortium of Porr, Saudi Binladin Group and HBK is building the elevated sections.
Total length: 17.5 kilometers
Total stations: 4
The Blue Line is scheduled for a later phase. The semicircular line will connect West Bay and Airport City North, along the main C-Ring Road.
Red Line South
Total length: 42.8 kilometers
Elevated and level: 30km
Total stations: 12
Project management: Jacobs Engineering (US)
Tunneling: The underground section runs for 12km from the center of Doha, extending south to the airport. Estimated to be worth QR8bn ($2.2bn), the underground sections construc¬tion package was awarded to a joint venture of Qatari Diar/Vinci Construction (local/France), GS Engineering & Construction (South Korea) and Darwish Engineering (local).
Overground and elevated lines: In March 2014, Qatar Railways Company awarded a $700m contract to build a section including three stations at Barwa Village, Al-Wakrah and Qatar Economic Zone, and a 7km section of elevated line. The winning consortium consists of FCC Construccion (Spain), Archirodon Construction (Switzerland-registered), Yuksel (Turkey) and Petroserv (local).
Total length: 30.6 kilometers
Elevated and level: 17.5km
Total stations: 20
Running east-west, the line links Hamad Interna¬tional airport via central Mushaireb, Al-Waab Street, Al-Rayyan South and Salwa Road.
Lead designer: Atkins (UK) is the lead designer on the Gold Line, with a contract worth about £80m ($121.6m).
Tunneling: An estimated QR12bn ($3.3bn) contract to build the underground sections was awarded to a consortium of Aktor (Greece), Yapi Merkezi (Turkey), STFA (Turkey), Larsen & Toubro (India) and Aljaber Engineering (local).
Rolling stock: A QR852m deal to provide proj¬ect management for rolling stock and systems was awarded to Parsons International (US) and Systra (France).