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Qatar’s real estate sector contributes a significant share in the country’s entire GDP, with infrastructure projects accounting for the highest spending. The market continues to expand, thanks to a high immigrant population, economic diversification and infrastructure development.

A new draft law recently approved by the cabinet on regulating the ownership of real estate by non-Qataris, along with tax incentives and a balanced budget, are expected to trigger growth and help the country reach an 8 percent growth mark by 2019.

In line with the requirements of Qatar’s sustainable development agenda, the seventh edition of Cityscape Qatar 2018, an annual event, was unveiled at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) on Sunday to celebrate the rapidly growing real estate sector. The event was inaugurated by HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani.

Minister of Transport and Communications, HE Jassim bin Saif al Sulaiti, informed the gathering that Cityscape Qatar 2018 will contribute to supporting the national economy by promoting various development projects.

Leading national and international developers, including Qatar Rail, United Development Company (UDC), Qatari Diar and Katara Hospitality congregated at the DECC and a number of agreements were signed.

Qatar Rail and Qatar Insurance Group signed an agreement for the first naming rights. The station naming rights is one of Qatar Rail’s enterprises intended to form a partnership with prominent local and international companies to advance their services at the stations. In another deal with Qatar Rail, Qatar National Bank (QNB) was assigned as the official Acquirer Bank for all TravelCard and Fare Media payments. Under the agreement, Qatar Rail will accept payments made with all major credit and debit cards issued in Qatar and worldwide.

Ooredoo will play a major role as communications partner. As part of its agreement with Qatar Rail, the communications giant will guarantee that the users will benefit from uninterrupted high-speed communication services during their journey through the stations and aboard the Lusail Tram.

Other attractions at the expo were Doha Metro staff uniform with its sleek, modern lines and matching colours, the design of the Doha Metro cards, high-quality virtual reality ride onboard and Transit Oriented Developments (TOD) – high density, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly developments around rail transit stations that would act as community hubs within walking distance.

 

Doha metro project

The progressive Doha Metro Rail Project is a planned rapid transit system in Doha to facilitate smooth commutation to people in Doha. The project was necessitated with the urge to modernize the commutation and at the same time deal with traffic related issues such as jams, accidents, pollution and undue delays.

As per the recent inspection conducted by Prime Minister and Minister of Interior H. E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al Thani, on Tuesday at Economic Zone Station, the project has reached 73 percent of completion stage and is expected to approach the end by 2018 and will be complete in 2019, much before being fully operational in 2020.

As planned, Doha Metro is expected to have four lines. These four lines will intersect the country to provide maximum travel coverage.

The Red line will cover the costal part of the country while connecting the towns of Al Khor in the north and Mesaieed in the south via Lusail, West Bay, Msheireb and the New Doha International Airport (NDIA).

The green line would serve as an education line, follow Al Rayyan Road connecting Education City with the Heart of Doha. Furthermore, it would link to Umm Slal and the Industrial Area South.

The Gold line will serve as a historic line from East-West direction and connects the Airport City North via central Msheireb with Al Waab Street, Al Rayyan South and Salwa Road.

The Blue line would serve as City line that will connect the residential and commercial areas of West Bay and Airport City North along the main C-Ring Road.

The project, despite having various infrastructural challenges due to the GCC blockade, has achieved a considerable momentum. Given the success of Metro trains in countries around the globe, the project will mark a solution to a lot of major traffic problems while easing the excess flow of vehicles as the technology is extremely time saving.

However, we hope that the modern technology may not be expensive than the existing transportation structure. In the initial stages of project, Qatar Rail’s, Saal al Mohannadi, assured that the operational cost of the project will be recovered by renting out sites, services and advertisements, along with revenue from ticket sales. He assured that tickets will be affordable for everyone.

Hopefully, the case is still the same as most of the people who will prefer traveling by metros will be the ones looking forward to saving both time and money. Hence, the purpose of the project could only be realised keeping the affordability as a priority.

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.

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