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Qatar Rail’s Doha Metro design wins three awards

Qatar Rail is the first Arabian company to win the International Public Service Architecture category.

Qatar Rail's deputy CEO Eng. Hamad Al Bishri and Qatar Rail's senior director Mohamed Timbely.
Qatar Rail's deputy CEO Eng. Hamad Al Bishri and Qatar Rail's senior director Mohamed Timbely.

Qatar Rail has won two international and one regional award for its Doha Metro design.

Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail), was awarded ‘Best Arabian Architectural Design for Public Service’ and the ‘Best International Architectural Design for Public Service’ at a gala event in London in December.

A panel of 20 international architectural judges presented the two awards to Qatar Rail during the international nomination event, which was attended by Qatar Rail's deputy CEO, Eng. Hamad Al Bishri and Mohamed Timbely, senior director of architecture and MEP department.

This recognition follows a win at the regional event in Dubai last month where the company was named best 'Public Service Architecture – Qatar' for the same project.

Commenting on the triple recognition, Qatar Rail's Chief Executive Officer, Eng. Saad Al Muhannadi said: “Those three awards recompensed two years of efforts where we tried to appropriate the concept of the Vaulted Spaces in order to be part of the heritage, culture and the national vision of the state of Qatar. It’s not only about architecture; it’s about a vision that we share.”

The regional award was handed to Qatar Rail’s senior representatives Mohamed Timbely, senior director of architecture and MEP Department and Eng. Hassan Al-Marwani technical interface director.

The International Property Awards have been running since 1995 and are open to residential and commercial property professionals from around the globe, and are considered a world-renowned mark of excellence.

The awards recognise the quality of the design of Qatar Rail’s ‘Vaulted Spaces’ design for stations on the Doha Metro, which is based on traditional Islamic architecture.

The Doha Metro station design was selected by the Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in 2013.

The first phase for the Doha Metro’s architectural works, covering 37 stations, is set for completion by 2018 while the second, extending to over 72 stations, by 2030.

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