Qatar invites bids for Doha Metro project

Firms invited to submit bids for major rail scheme in Gulf state.


Qatar Railways Company (QRail) said on Saturday it was inviting bids from companies wanting to participate in the design and construction of the Doha Metro.

The announcement follows a set of industry awareness events that were held in May and July and attracted more than 700 representatives from leading consultancy, advisory, construction and operations companies around the world.

Saad Ahmed Al Muhannadi, CEO, said: "We are entering an exciting phase in the development of Qatar's rail industry, as we prepare to engage local and international partners who will join with us in this major national endeavor to create the region's first fully-integrated railway system.

"This invitation is a major opportunity for local contracting companies to join in consortia with large international contractors to design and build six urgent construction packages that include 22km of underground tunnels as well as 15 underground stations in the first stage."

QRail was set up to support and coordinate the growth of Qatar's rail industry.

The company will manage the development of the West Bay People Mover, Lusail City's Light-Rail Transit system, and the integrated Qatar Railways Project, which will incorporate a metro system, long-distance passenger travel, and freight transport.

In June, the company said it would invite bids for early work on the railway and metro system by the end of August.

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