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One Works

Rendering for the Transport Education Center

Qatar Rail has picked an Italy-based architecture firm to design an upcoming Transportation Education Center (TEC) in the country.

The center will include exhibition space and also serve as a recreational facility for the public.

It is expected to encompass the rapid changes Doha has undergone in the past few decades, and encapsulate its “past, present and future,” One Works said in a statement.

One Works

Rendering for the Transport Education Center

The firm won a Qatar Rail design competition regarding the TEC last month.

In a statement, Qatar Rail’s Senior Director Mohamed Timbely said: “One Works has perfectly interpreted the spirit and the goal we set for ourselves from the competition’s outset.”

The firm is also no stranger to the Doha Metro project, as it is already working on the finishes for seven Red Line North stations.

Desert fort inspiration

Speaking to Design MENA, One Works partner Leonardo Cavalli said its design was inspired by desert forts.

“We wanted to enhance Qatar’s heritage in every key element of our project, as well as in every single detail by recognizing how Qatar can look to the future by virtue of its past.”

The publication reports that the TEC will be located between Lusail Boulevard and the Al Qassar Metro Station.

The complex will include offices, a theater and a rooftop restaurant. Also on the roof will be an outdoor park space that can host expos on public transportation.

No timeline has been announced for the TEC. The first phase of the Doha Metro is expected to launch to passenger traffic in late 2019/early 2020.

Thoughts?

Qatar Rail

Doha Metro rendering

With tunneling complete and less than three years to go before the Doha Metro launches passenger operations, Qatar Rail is expecting to meet a number of milestones in 2017.

By the end of this year, the company said it aims to finish 70 percent of the public transport project. This entails:

  • Completing track installation works;
  • Taking delivery of the first four of its 75 driverless trains in Doha; and
  • Awarding key operator contracts.

In a statement, Qatar Rail CEO Saad Al Muhannadi said, “We are about to embark on the most critical phase of the Rail Development Program; we will be soon transitioning from a rail developer to a rail operator.”

A rendering of a Doha Metro station.

Qatar Rail

A rendering of a Doha Metro station.

Qatar Rail is also focused on ensuring a “cost-effective” project completion and looking at ways to use property development, retail and advertising to help sustain its operations in the future.

What’s happening

Currently, some 37 stations are under construction as part of the first phase of the Metro.

In the second half of last year, Qatar Rail began focusing on installing electrical equipment and completing the structure of these stations.

They are expected to open to passengers in late 2019/ early 2020 in three lines: red, green and gold.

The metro will also connect to two other separate rail projects:

  • The Lusail light-rail line, which contractors say will be operational by 2020; and
  • A long-distance passenger and freight service linking to the GCC rail, whose timetable remains unknown.

Thoughts?

The Gold Line's Al Sudan station, under construction

Peter Kovessy

The Gold Line\’s Al Sudan station, under construction

Motorists in Al Waab should prepare for five months of road diversions in front of Villaggio mall starting on Friday, Nov. 11, Qatar Rail said.

A short stretch of the eastbound lanes of Al Waab St., heading toward central Doha, will be closed until Apr. 5, 2017.

Traffic will be re-routed to either one of the westbound lanes, or the adjacent service road that heads to Al Awali St.

Road diversions on Al Waab Street

Qatar Rail

Road diversions on Al Waab Street

The diversions are to enable the construction of a pedestrian underpass for the Doha Metro network’s Al Aziziyah Station on the Gold Line, the rail company said in a statement.

Gold Line

Al Aziziyah will be the end of the 14km-long Gold Line, which runs east-west through Doha to Ras Bu Aboud, near Hamad International Airport.

Doha Metro - Gold Line

Qatar Rail

Doha Metro – Gold Line

It will have 11 stops, including at the busy residential districts of Al Waab, Al Sadd and Bin Mahmoud, before passing through the hub station of Msheireb and on to Souq Waqif and the Qatar National Museum.

The route is part of the first phase of the Metro, which is expected to open to the public around late 2019 or early 2020.

By 2021, Qatar Rail forecasts 180,000 passenger trips a day will be made on the Gold line.

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