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Qatar’s Emir checks out model of Doha Metro train

With only two and a half years to go before the Doha Metro opens to passenger traffic, Qatar’s Emir was briefed this week on the progress that has been made so far.

Yesterday, transport officials brought Sheikh Tamim up to speed on passenger services, the upcoming train designs and safety and security equipment, QNA reports.

He also viewed models of the Doha Metro and Lusail Light Rail Transit system and its various cabins, including first class, family and standard seating.

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Doha Metro rendering

Additionally, he was updated by Ashghal about its upcoming projects.

Before leaving, he urged officials to “speed up infrastructure projects of various types” and “to enhance the welfare of citizens and meet their needs,” QNA reports.

Coming up

The first phase of the Doha Metro is set to open to passengers at the beginning of 2020.

Tunneling on the public transportation network was completed at a breakneck pace last year, and work is now underway to set up some 37 stations across three lines.

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Construction at Green Line -Education City stop

On its website, Qatar Rail offers a peek at what’s going on behind the safety hoardings set up at each station.

It looks like work is well underway, including on the Green Line at Education City, the Msheireb Red Line station and the Gold Line’s Al Saad stop.

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First phase of Doha Metro stops

Tracks have also already been laid at some of the few aboveground metro stations.

Officials said previously said that by the end of this year, the company 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.

When it opens, the metro will also connect to two other separate rail projects.

They are 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.

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Sheikh Tamim meets Ethiopian President Dr. Mulatu Teshome

Qatar’s Emir kicked off a tour of three African nations this week with high-level meetings in Ethiopia.

This is Sheikh Tamim’s first official visit to sub-Saharan Africa, besides visiting Sudan, since he became Emir in 2013.

While in Addis Adaba yesterday, Sheikh Tamim and Dr. Mulatu Teshome discussed ways to collaborate on infrastructure, educational and economic issues, QNA reports.

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Capetown, South Africa

Following his two-day visit there, the Emir will head to Kenya and then South Africa, which hosted the World Cup in 2010.

He is due back in Qatar this weekend to meet with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

What to discuss

All three African countries have relatively small representation inside of Qatar.

According to a 2017 population report, there are 22,000 Ethiopians living in Qatar, 14,000 Kenyans and only 6,000 South Africans.

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Farm in Kenya for illustrative purposes only.

However, speaking to the Qatar Tribune, African diplomats said that there is much to gain by collaborating with the Gulf state.

The newspaper cited the Kenyan and Ethiopian ambassadors to Doha as saying issues such as counter-terrorism, scientific research and agriculture could all be advanced during high-level talks.

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Emir Sheikh Tamim with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Qatar’s Emir and a high-level official delegation flew to Turkey yesterday in a sign of ever-strengthening ties between the two nations.

While there, Sheikh Tamim met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Black Sea city of Trabzon.

Speaking at a high-level committee meeting, the Emir condemned a weekend bombing in Turkey’s Kayseri province and said that when it comes to terrorism, “what affects Turkey affects Qatar as well,” QNA reports.

Sheikh Tamim also attended the opening of the new Senol Gunes Stadium of Turkish football team Trabzonspor in Trabzon yesterday.

Agreements

During his brief visit, he and Erdogan signed several agreements, signaling their intentions to cooperate in the areas of higher education, external auditing, information tech, public health, youth and sports and culture.

Agriculture, defense and Qatar’s upcoming Economic Zones were also discussed.

Before the meeting, the two leaders called on the international community to pressure Syria’s government to stop killing innocent civilians.

They also urged increasing efforts to provide safe passage to civilians and to help facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Other topics of conversation included Palestine, Iraq, Libya and Yemen.

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