Qatar Rail highlights 2015 achievements

Qatar Rail highlights 2015 achievements, strategic direction and upcoming performance targets

Qatar Rail's CEO, Eng. Saad Al Muhannadi, speaking at the townhall meeting.
Qatar Rail's CEO, Eng. Saad Al Muhannadi, speaking at the townhall meeting.

Qatar Railways Company highlighted the achievements of the last 12 months and looked forward to the milestones to be delivered next year during a  recent staff meeting. 

Opening the town hall meeting, Eng. Abdulla Abdulaziz Al Subaie, managing director and chairman of the Executive Committee of Qatar Rail stressed the role that the company’s values play in the delivery of its objectives: "Accountability, teamwork and transparency are the values that guide Qatar Rail’s consistent growth. A strong work ethic has been the backbone of our transformation with world-class efficiency and effectiveness".

Qatar Rail’s strategies centre on progress toward the completion of the Doha Metro, the Lusail Light Rail (LRT) and the Long Distance Rail projects.

Anchoring this progress, the Doha Metro works are advancing as scheduled for a first-phase operational launch by 2019 involving three lines - Red, Green and Gold.

The Doha Metro has witnessed 61km of tunnels completed with 37 stations under construction and a workforce of 27,000 on site.

Tunnelling for the Lusail light rail system is 100% complete.

Next year’s milestones will include the completion of all the tunnelling on the Metro and the overall project reaching 50% completion with all tunnelling completed and all MEP contracts awarded during the same period.

Similarly, contracts for the Doha Metro and Lusail Light Rail Transit Operator and Facility Management are expected to be awarded next year.

Full scale mock ups of the new Doha Metro train and Lusail Tram will also arrive in the city for the first time.

Eng. Al Subaie called on the gathering for steadfast commitment which would enable the company “to achieve timely, cost-effective and quality delivery of the rail network through increased focus on efficiency, governance, transparency and internal controls".

Ongoing works were highlighted, with emphasis on the 37 Metro stations, tunnelling breakthroughs, systems contracts awarded, operational streamlining, recruitment strategies, efficient business planning processes and ISO recognitions for both the Program Delivery and Quality, health, safety, environment (QHSE) departments.

Eng. Saad Al Muhannadi, CEO of Qatar Rail praised the company’s on-site achievements: "Five years into its journey, Qatar Rail is moving with pace, progress and purpose across all of its mega projects, consistently readapting and reallocating its talents, resources and partnerships within stringent timeline and budget provisions.

“At the centre of its progress, the Doha Metro project has recorded several milestones, starting with tunnelling works that completed 61km out of 113km, powered by 21 underground Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs); a quantum leap in the tunnelling works that broke a Guinness World record for the largest number of TBMs operating at the same time under one city, to the backdrop of breakthrough tunnelling and excavation progress achieved across the 37 metro stations”.

Al Muhannadi added: “Qatar Rail has opened a wealth of opportunities for the involvement of local suppliers and partners in the stations architectural works through a slew of awareness days; an ideal knowledge exchange platform for the Metro project’s current and prospect partners and stakeholders”.

Qatar Rail has begun implementing a comprehensive 2016 strategic business planning process and balanced scorecard performance reporting system to maximise program management efficiency and corporate performance.

With this in mind, it has commissioned a ‘Business Efficiency Review’ to evaluate its business plan, performance and delivery model, ensuring optimal ‘value for money’ in its delivery timely, quality and cost effective program of work.

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