The country is undergoing a vast and varied development in all sectors of its planned mass transit systems. Rail, Road, Sea & Air Transportation developments in Qatar in terms of over ground and underground Railways and Metro networks of infrastructural urban and intra urban equipment to include ports and airports are at this conjecture being undertaken.  As a consequence all world major consulting and contracting players are in the country vying for work and soon enough are finding it.

  1. Qatar ranked second best infrastructure market

Qatar has been ranked the second most dynamic infrastructure market in the world according to the Arcadis Global Infrastructure Investment Spending Index.

The index measures the world’s 41 potential countries with the greatest potential for infrastructure investments and Singapore came at number one.  UAE has overtaken Canada to make the third rank.

For the first time, the US and the UK have entered the top 10, a clear indication that their economies are improving.

The report noted access to finance will be critical for the top-tier countries to scale up investment, including Qatar.  In Qatar and the UAE, national vision strategies, combined with major international events, such as the FIFA World Cup 2022 and Dubai’s 2020 World Expo, have led to expectations of peak spending in the next four to five years.

In its ‘Qatar: Avoiding the Inflation Bubble’ report from 2012, Arcadis predicted that construction inflation could reach 18% between 2016 and 2019.  However, given overall investment levels around the region mean up to 20% construction inflation is more probable. This is compounded because of the firm deadlines around projects related to Qatar’s 2022 FIFA World Cup and Dubai’s 2020 World Expo.

Almost half of the investment planned relates to improving transportation.  There are major plans across the region to build a metro system, with lines being constructed simultaneously in a relatively short period of time.  At the same time ports, airports and a heavy rail network are all under construction leading to increased competition for resources, fanning the risk of inflation in construction resources, including specialist skills and construction materials.

  1. Qatar’s plan to develop public transport sector

“Qatar is to have 2,000 public transport buses on roads by 2020.”

That was the view given by the Minister of Transport Jassim S A Al-Sulaiti, who was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the 2nd UITP MENA Public Transport for Large Events & Showcase and 2nd UITP Taxi Conference.

According to the minister, while the plan was to meet the travel requirements of visitors to the World Cup event, the country was also committed to put in place a vastly developed public transport infrastructure for residents.

He pointed out that the country is committed to building about 2500 kilometres of Expressways by 2030 and the Doha Metro network will see the laying of 84km of railway lines and have 38 stations by 2019, reported the local Gulf Times.

The Minister stressed that even after the World Cup eight years from now, work on extending the rail network would continue and by 2030, Qatar would have 233km of railway lines, serving 96 stations.

In addition, the Lusail Light Rail would have a length of 35km with 32 stations, he said and added that the plan outlay of more than QR157bn in the next eight years for building the road and rail networks would transform Qatar’s public transport sector, the daily noted.

While recalling the ongoing works to expand the Expressway network, Al-Sulaiti said Qatar would have about 160 bridges, mainly interchanges, across its major roads in the next decade.

He drew attention to the QR27bn New Doha Port which, on completion, he said, would go a long way in enhancing Qatar’s maritime connectivity.

In his opening address, Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani said the hosting of an event of this magnitude, where several acclaimed public transport experts and policy makers were in attendance, would help the region pursue its ambitious efforts to build the massive GCC rail network, covering all six Gulf states.

Secretary General of the Qatar Supreme Committee for ‘Delivery and Legacy’, Hassan Al-Thawadi said there is a great necessity for co-operation between each stakeholder for the successful execution of any major sports event.

  1. Qatar to invest $43.62bn in rail infrastructure

Qatar is to invest $43.62bn to develop rail infrastructure in the country.

Qatar’s Ministry of Transportation said that it has already commenced working on building the Doha Metro network, which will have a 233km long track and 96 stations, with plans to connect the long-distance passenger and goods train connected to those of the railway networks of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

The investment includes developing the railway sector in the country through local Qatari companies.

“The new port project would be a logistics portal, to provide marine transport routes and railways in the region and further promote the development of local industries.  It will develop the capacity of Hamad international airport and will be linked with the Doha Metro network and long-distance train passenger and cargo, as well as public buses and taxis to become actually an integrated transport hub,” Qatar’s Minister of Transport said.