Qatar Rail unveils Doha Metro, Lusail Tram designs
Designs for Doha Metro (Al Faras) and Lusail Tram (Al Mehmel) have been inspired by traditional Qatari elements, Qatar Rail's managing director reportedly said
Qatar Railways has unveiled the designs of Doha Metro (Al Faras) and Lusail Tram (Al Mehmel), both of which are due to open in 2020.
Al Faras has been named after the Arabian Mare, and officials said design influences from the animal have inspired Doha Metro's shape.
Doha Metro will travel at 100kmph, and its vehicles have been custom-made for Qatar Rail.
In total, 75 trains – consisting of 3 cars, one of which will be for Gold and Family Class and two for Standard class – will be delivered to Doha Metro.
Gold will have 16 seats, family 26 seats and standard 88 seats.
The metro trains are designed and manufactured by the Kinki Sharyo at its factory in Osaka, Japan, The Peninsula Qatar reported.
Al Mehmel's design has been inspired by the traditional Qatari boat, the dhow.
Remarking on the development, Abdulla Al Subaie, Qatar Rail's managing director, said: "Across our projects, our build and design stages have been guided by the powerful coming together of tradition with modernity.
"Deeply entrenched in Qatari culture and heritage, the Lusail Tram and Doha Metro designs celebrate the convergence of our country’s history with groundbreaking technologies and cutting-edge solutions.”
A consortium led by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will deliver the systems package for the Doha Metro, whilst a consortium led by Alstom and QDVC, will deliver a fully integrated Lusail tramway system, including 28 Citadis tramways, power supply equipment, signaling and track works.
The first phase of the Doha Metro project is expected to be completed between 2019 and 2020, while completion of the Lusail Tram is set for 2020, the report added.