Qatar welcomes first batch of Doha Metro trains at Hamad Port
Qatar Railways Company announced that it received the first batch of the Doha Metro trains on the evening of 19 August 2017 at Hamad Port from Japan after 21 days at sea since their departure from Kobe Port. The batch includes four out of a total of 75 trains that will serve the Doha Metro project. The remaining trains will arrive as scheduled to start the testing process and be ready in time for the first phase of operations by 2020.
The trains will then be transported to Qatar Rail's Al Wakra Depot at a later time where they will be reassembled and tested in readiness for the operational phase. All the necessary tests will be conducted on Qatari soil to ensure the highest standards of safety are met under Qatar Rail's direct supervision.
The designs of the Doha Metro trains are an embodiment of Qatari heritage and culture combined with state-of-the-art technology. Doha Metro is one of the fastest driverless trains in the world and will be the fastest in the region; able to reach 100 km per hour. In total, 75 trains – consisting of three 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.
Designed and built to world-class standards of modernity and innovation, they remain deeply rooted in the country's history and community. Their dynamic shape represents the perfect symbol of intelligence and speed. The front end of the vehicle and its lines define a shape that is powerful yet elegant. The design is custom-made for the Doha Metro project and the interior is inspired by the progressive architecture present in Doha skyline, once again combining traditional and modern elements.
Regarding the latest project updates, Qatar Rail recently announced that the progress of Doha Metro Phase 1 Program now stands at approximately 62%. Furthermore, most of the civil works have been finished, and civil works are expected to be complete by yearend. It is worth noting that the 10 metro civil packages have now progressed to the next stage of construction which will see all the 37 stations undergo mechanical, electrical and architectural fit outs.