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Qatar Rail encourages local firms to bid for work

Doha Metro needs concrete, steel, glass and other building materials

NEWS, Business, Concrete, Doha metro, Glass, Qatar, Steel

Qatar Rail has identified 104 different opportunities for local suppliers to benefit from the Doha Metro project.

The company has carried out a study with Qatar Development Bank and an international consultancy firm which has suggested that Qatar's nominal GDP will grow by 0.3% as a result of the project, with supplies from manufacturers needed for ready mix concrete, steel, heavy-duty glass, concerete blucks, waste pipes and sewage system.

Qatar Rail has specified that consortiums looking to build different parts of the network should partner with a Qatari firm, which has led to companies such as Qatar Building company, Galfar Al-Misnad Engineering, Al Darwish and HBK Contracting all picking up work alongside international bidders.

Sheikh Ali bin Hamad al-Thani, president of HBK Contracting, said: “The World Cup 2022 has given a big impetus for infrastructure growth in Qatar. This growth in infrastructure is expected to be followed after a period of time by growth in the construction sector. There are a lot of international players in the sector but they ultimately need support of local companies to be able to deliver the project.

"The enhanced support provided in Qatar Rail’s projects to the local companies will further enhance the capabilities of these companies.”

The chairman of Qatar's Chamber of commerce, chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim bin Mohamed al-Thani, said that the involvement of local firms in both the Doha Metro and long-distance rail projects would help to support Qatar's private sector.

"The decision of Qatar Rail to integrate Qatari companies in the Doha Metro and Rail projects won by foreign companies’ represents a real support to the country’s economy, strengthens the private sector role and enables it to benefit as much as possible,” he said.

“This integration didn’t happen before with any local company in any railway project. Thus, we look forward to seeing the Qatari companies benefiting from the proceeds of the projects carried out in Qatar, which we consider a national right. We wish that all companies will follow Qatar Rail’s strategy in this regard”.

Qatar Development Bank executive director Abdul Aziz bin Nasser al-Khalifa also said that involving local companies on major consortiums will also lead to a transfer of knowledge.

“This will help reduce risks that may surround the project itself and will definitely support the small and medium enterprises associated with Qatar Rail, which will have a positive impact on the economy”.

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