Siemens completes first Qatar Education City trams
German firm completes the bodies of the first four of 19 vehicles which will be shipped to Doha after testing in the summer
Siemens says it has completed the first four tram bodies destined for the Qatar Foundation's Education City complex in Doha.
The Avenio tram bodies – the first of 19 – have been built at the Siemens production facility in Vienna, Austria. A delegation from Qatar, including representatives from Qatar Foundation and consulting firm Astad, took a tour of the factory to observe the construction of the first units.
Siemens said that it is on target for shipping the 19 tram bodies to Qatar during the summer. Once complete, they will operate along an 11.5km route within Education City that will be electrically-powered without overhead lines.
The trams have been equipped with powerful airconditioning systems and special sun protectors on the roof that will guard the electrical equipment from the heat.
“The on-time completion of the first train bodies is a significant milestone for this important project,” said Siemens Qatar CEO Fatih Sakiz.
“The Qatar Education City tram will be a benchmark in energy-efficient urban mobility for Qatar and the whole Middle East, and Siemens is proud to be the first to bring this technology to the region.”
Following static testing in Vienna the first trains will be sent to Germany for dynamic testing before delivery to Doha.
As part of its contract, Siemens will also supply signaling and communication technology as well as depot equipment. The main contractor on the project is Habtoor Leighton Group.