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Qatar Rail pays three-day visit to Berlin Metro

In an effort to drive best practices across all aspects of its development of Doha Metro, Qatar Rail visited Berlin Metro to learn about safety from the German system

Qatar Rail visited Berlin Metro to learn about safety from the German system.
Qatar Rail visited Berlin Metro to learn about safety from the German system.

Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) organised a three-day work visit to the city of Berlin for a delegation from the Qatar General Directorate of Civil Defence.

The visit, which took place last month, was arranged in a bid to achieve world class safety in the new Doha Metro. 

The first day of the exchange programme involved a visit to the Berlin flagship station, where delegates experienced the latest available technology and tools employed in fire-fighting emergencies - as well as being introduced to the planning behind the station's emergency evacuation strategy. 

The Qatari delegation was taken through vital and integral prepartory works and continguency processes undertaken by its German counterpart during emergency situations in Berlin metro sub-stations. 

The team also observed a fire drill for the evacuation of one of the metro stations which was carried out by German Civil Defence specialists. 

Engineer Hassan Al Marwani, commented: “Qatar Rail recognises and prioritises the importance of the public administration role in civil defence.

"To this end, we ensure mutual and continuous cooperation amongst all entities and departments involved and across all levels; starting from our commitment to the specifications and conditions of civil defence pertaining to the stations’ designs, stage-by-stage design approvals, and all the way to the involvement of evacuation and emergency plans.

“In line with this commitment, we agreed to organise a work visit to the Berlin Metro in order to benefit from the expertise of developed markets to equip our team, early on, with thorough exposure to scenarios and outcomes of emergency situations and potential fire hazards.

"Berlin is unique in that the German city’s metro shares a great deal of similarities with the Doha Metro.

“Needless to say, German expertise has a proven track record in operational efficiency and quality in this field, supported by unparalleled technical knowhow and innovation.

"We are confident in that our delegation will bring back a great deal of learnings to ensure a similar level of safety preparation for Metro in Qatar.”

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