On 7 May Qatar Rail launched the pre-qualification process for operation of the future Doha metro and Lusail tramway, with around 600 companies in attendance.
Qatar Transportation Minister Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti said that 15% of the companies involved in the design and construction contracts awarded so far are from the private sector, with 70% being domestic organisations and 30% international.
The four-line Doha metro is being built in two phases, with Phase 1 scheduled for completion by October 2019; the second phase would bring the network to 241km with 106 stations, including 123 route-km underground.
The four-line 32km Lusail tramway is also scheduled to open in stages in 2018-20, forming the transport backbone of the new city of 260 000 people, 23km north of Doha.
In March, Thales signed a contract with QDVC QSC (a joint venture of Qatari Diar (51%) and VINCI Construction Grands Projets (49%) for an integrated telecommunications, real-time passenger information, security and automatic fare collection system for the Lusail project, projected to carry up to 450 000 passengers/day.