His Highness the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani visited a Qatar Railways Company's (Qatar Rail) life sized mock-ups of the Doha Metro and Lusail Tram trains. During the visit, HH the Emir observed the overall construction progress and the phases that have already been completed. Furthermore, HH was given an explanation about the state-of-the-art technology used in both trains, as well as their unique interior and exterior design, safety features and services future users can expect. Also in attendance for the visit was Prime Minister and Interior Minister His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.
The visit by the country's esteemed leadership is evidence of the emphasis HH the Emir places on the progression of infrastructure projects in line with Qatar National 2030.
The life-sized mock-up of the stations includes mock-ups of the Doha Metro and Lusail Tram trains.
Speaking on the occasion His Excellency Mr. Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications, said: "Thanks to the wise direction of His Highness The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, may God protect him, and the follow-up and supervision of His Excellency the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani transport and communications projects are receiving great interest, and this interest has resulted in a clear vision that guides the implementation of the strategic initiates that serve The State of Qatar."
His Excellency went on to say that "the Ministry of Transport and Communications has put in place policies and strategies that aim to improve the development of infrastructure for the transport sector, and promote the utilization of the latest technologies in this sector's projects."
He explained his delight that the Doha Metro project will represent the backbone in the creation of an integrated public transport system, supported by the other Qatar Rail projects and on-going road projects. He noted that these projects will contribute to achieving the Qatar National Vision 2030, putting the country on the world map for advanced and sustainable transportation facilities.
His Excellency stressed that the achievements of the Doha Metro and Lusail Tram projects are the successful result of the MOTC's comprehensive strategy towards transportation and infrastructure.
The designs of the Doha Metro and Lusail Tram trains are an embodiment of Qatari heritage and culture combined with state-of-the-art technology. Doha Metro is one of the fastest driverless trains in the world and will be the fastest in the region; able to reach 100 km per hour. In total, 75 trains – consisting of three cars, one of which will be for Gold and Family Class and two for Standard class – will be delivered to Doha Metro: Gold will have 16 seats, family 26 seats and standard 88 seats. Designed and built to world-class standards of modernity and innovation, they remain deeply rooted in the country's history and community. Their dynamic shape represents the perfect symbol of intelligence and speed. The front end of the vehicle and its lines define a shape that is powerful yet elegant, while the windows are inspired by the slender eyes of local wildlife. The design is custom made for the Doha Metro project and the interior is inspired by the progressive architecture present in Doha skyline, once again combining traditional and modern elements.
While, the Lusail Tram design concept is focused on the sea representing dhow pearl fishing and bringing in the calm, cool, elegant and tranquil elements of that medium to the design. Lusail Tram will travel at a speed of 60 km per hour. In total, 28 trains consisting of five carriages split in two - one for families and one for general commuters. The family carriages have 24 seats, 16 are fixed and eight are foldable. For the regular carriages, there are 40 seats, 32 are fixed and eight foldable, giving a total 64 seats. Each carriage has a space for wheelchair users and there are screens on exterior walls giving details about the journey as well as entertainment. External screens are also fitted to the front, back and sides of the trains allowing awaiting passengers to see the next destination.
Eng. Abdulla Abdulaziz Al Subaie also commented: "We are honored to welcome His Highness The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, H E the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, and His Excellency Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications, for an exclusive private viewing of the Doha Metro and Lusail Tram train mock-ups. It is due to the country's great leadership that we are able to achieve important milestones and implement various ambitious plans that aim to boost our performance and set our company as a role model in transparency and project delivery. Doha Metro will provide a cornerstone in the integrated railway system, supported by Lusail Tram and The Long-Distance Rail, which will link Qatar with the GCC Rail network. All those projects aim to encourage the use of public transport services."
He added: "The life-sized models of the Doha Metro and Lusail Tram trains, along with the future station mock-ups for Doha Metro provide a truly unique opportunity for those wishing to learn more the country's train projects, which will be operational by 2020. We look forward to organizing visits for the local community to come and see them for themselves."
The one of a kind design of the Doha Metro stations revolves around a contemporary 'vaulted space' concept; a concept that reflects on the heritage of the region by introducing open spaces that mimic traditional Bedouin tents. The design also uses ornamentations that shed light on the aesthetic elements and foundations of dynamic lighting and ventilation systems. The station mock-up brings to life the tribute that the Doha Metro station designs pay to Qatari heritage through the use of traditional elements of Islamic and local art and 'pearl-effect' interiors.
The first phase of the Doha Metro is expected to be complete in 2020, when the project's 37 metro stations are expected to be operative, with an average journey time of two minutes between adjacent stations.
Doha Metro - Gold Class Interior
Lusail Tram - Interior