CW takes you through the big-ticket developments in Qatar, that are expected to boost Qatar´s National Vision of 2030 and make it one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
Doha Metro is one of the most prominent projects in Qatar. On completion, it will serve both the capital and the suburbs with all major locations within easy and convenient reach. The Metro network will be built over two phases and include four lines. The first phase will see the construction of three (Red, Gold, and Green) out of the four lines and 37 stations. There will be an average journey time of just three minutes between adjacent stations. Phase-I involving Doha Metro network will commence operations in 2019 and cover a distance of 80 km of which 63 km will run underground.The second phase is expected to be completed by 2026, and will involve the expansion of the Phase-I lines, and the construction of an additional one û the Blue Line, with more than 60 additional stations and more than 130 km of additional revenue lines.
Most of the Doha Metro lines will be underground, and hence, tunnel boring machines are being used to dig the underground sections. The Msheireb station on the Doha Metro network is expected to be one of the largest in the world, serving as the heart of the first phase, with the Red, Gold, and Green lines all running through it. Long-term plans include connecting the network to the 32-km Lusail Light Rail, which is also under construction. With completion of the first phase of Doha Metro and Lusail Tram, Qatar Rail will offer 600,000 passenger trips per day by 2021.
All in all, the Doha Metro is expected to offer convenience, reliability, and sustainable transport, and for Qatar, it is nothing less than a project that would meet the ambitions of the Qatar National Vision 2030.
Phase-I: Construction of three lines, 37 stations, expected to be ready by late 2019. Phase-II: Expansion of Phase-I lines, construction of one line, 72 stations, expected to be completed by 2026.
Six lakh passenger trips per day by 2021.
On completion, in 2026, the network will have 230 km of rail lines and 95 stations.
Lusail Light Rail Transit
Lusail City, just north of Doha, is an upcoming waterfront development currently under construction, designed to be an environmental and self-sustaining community. In line with the vision of Lusail, the Lusail Light Railway Transit (LRT) System project is part of the overall Lusail project being developed by Qatari Diar, that will see the best of innovative sustainability and urban technologies being used to create a city of 200,000 people on a land of 35 sq m north of Doha.
The state-of-the-art Lusail Light Rail Transit (LLRT) network, a tram-based system, will connect all the major points of interest in the city, including not only destinations within Lusail, but also to Doha by way of the Doha Metro. Four lines (Red, Green, Purple, and Yellow) and 37 stations will make up the LLRT network, with two interchange station at Legtaifiya and Lusail Central allowing passengers to continue on to the country´s capital via the Doha Metro. The network will include approximately 15 km of at-grade revenue, double-track and 5.5 km of at-grade non-revenue single track, 10 km of underground double track (cut and cover) sections, and an underground storage south of the line. It will have one viaduct to accommodate LRT passengers with a connection to the regional railway.
The Lusail Tram network will add another 38 km to the Phase-I of the Doha Metro network, covering 80 km across Doha. Completion of the Lusail Tram is scheduled for 2020.
Length: 38.5 km
Four lines, 37 stations, of which seven will be underground.
25 stations at-grade in various configurations (centre platform, side platforms and split side platforms).
One to two minutes, on an average, between adjacent stations.
29 km per hour average speed.
50,000 passenger trips per day by 2021.
The opening of Hamad International Airport (HIA) heralded an exciting new chapter in Qatar´s aviation industry. It was created in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030.
It does make an important mark economically as Qatar is going through a rapid process of development, has a rich cultural and historical heritage, and is one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
HIA handled 28 million passengers in its first year of operation from June 2014 to May 2015. And in 2015, it welcomed more than 30 million passengers, up from the 26.3 million passengers during 2014.
And now, the airport management has announced plans to create more space as it eyes a capacity of 53 million passengers by 2020, ahead of the 2022 World Cup. Looking ahead, approval has been granted for the launch of the second phase of expansion by the airport´s steering committee. The expansion comprises three main elements: the extension of the main terminal building; the construction of concourse D and E; and the connection with the Red Line of the Doha Metro. The expansion plans also include doubling the size of the current passenger terminal by adding new check-in counters, lounges, restaurants and boarding gates, as well as building a connection to the Doha Metro. This work is expected to be completed in the next five years.
HIA has announced that it is set to spend QR 277 million (US$ 76.1 million) on work to reclaim land to build new taxiways on the northwest tip of the property so that the airport can handle more flights. This project is due for completion in 2017. What´s more, the Hamad International Airport has won the Best Airport Award at the first Future Travel Experience (FTE) Asia Awards ceremony.
Location: Doha, Qatar.
Ultramodern facility with a $17 billion price tag.
At full capacity, it can handle 50 million passengers per year.
Has 70 high-end retail stores, 30 restaurants and cafes, a luxury hotel, squash courts and a fitness centre with an indoor pool.
Free Wi-fi facility.
Handled 30 million passengers in 2015.
Plans to create more space for a capacity of 53 million passengers by 2020.
Approval granted for launch of the second phase of expansion.
Barwa Al-Khor Development
The Barwa Al-Khor development includes many mixed-use projects, such as 24,000 residential units accommodating 60,000 people, as well as hotels, office spaces, schools and leisure infrastructure.
One of the project - Barwa al Baraha - is an integrated city for workers, and contains residential units and amenities, a huge truck parking facility, etc. Spread across 1.8 million sq m, the project will accommodate 53,000 workers and professionals. It is located in an industrial area and is being developed in two phases. The first phase is already complete, and includes 32 residential buildings to house 24,000 workers, and provides Qatar with largest truck and vehicle parking space. The second phase of Barwa Al Baraha offers workers accommodation in 64 buildings, each with 130 rooms. The project will eventually provide 16 residential buildings for junior and senior staff, each comprising 97 rooms. There will also be shopping malls, sports amenities, medical centre, public spaces etc.
Another one, the Al Khor Complex is being developed to cater to the needs of workers in Qatar. Launched in February 2014, the project comprises four cricket fields, football fields, volleyball and basketball courts, four kabbaddi fields and amenities like Mosque, supermarkets, car parks, bus stops, taxi ranks, cinema and government offices. Another complex, the West End Park in the Industrial Area, close to Abu Hamour, has already opened its doors for tenants.
And, for the high-income group, a huge residential complex is being built in Al Khor to house the employees of Shell. Barwa Al Khor - Shell is a residential project extended over 138,000 sq m in Al Khor Area, providing 300 apartments distributed among 15 buildings of ground 4 and consisting of three rooms, a kitchen and two bathrooms, in addition to 50 villas of ground 1. Located in the north of Al Khor, close to Ras Laffan, the project is one of the few residential compounds that offer private access to the beach.
Mixed-development projects including Barwa al Baraha; the Al Khor Complex; West End Park; Barwa AlKhor- Shell, etc.
Lusail City is the largest single sustainable development to be undertaken in Qatar and embodies Qatar´s National Vision 2030 in the field of real estate development. It is a coastal city located 22 km to the north of Doha. It will spread over 38 sq km with a waterfront location stretching over 28 km.
The city includes four exclusive islands and 19 multi-purpose residential, mixed-use, entertainment and commercial districts. The districts will encompass not only new residential, commercial, hospitality, and retail opportunities, but an array of community needs, complete with schools, mosques, medical facilities, sports, entertainment and shopping centres.
The city of the future can accommodate 200,000 residents and 170,000 employees; it will welcome over 80,000 visitors. The total estimated capacity of Lusail will eventually reach 450,000 people.
The city future boasts a light rail network, a water taxi transportation system, cycle and pedestrian network, park and ride system and sophisticated intra mobility network. Construction work on the progressive world-class sustainable development is under construction.
Construction of the entire city is divided into 12 phases, which are being carried out through 12 construction packages. The major construction projects that are part of the Lusail City development include Al-Khor Highway, Lusail Expressway, Lusail Light Rail Transit, Al-Sidra Golf Residential Development, Lusail mixed-used development, Lusail Entertainment City, Lusail Iconic Stadium, Qetaifan Islands (residential development), and Medical and Education District.
The city will have underground tunnels for maintenance works and underground gas networks. For the first time in the nation, electricity will be supplied to the city through a network of purpose-built stations and underground substations. An operational control centre will control the entire systems and activities functioning through the city.
The parking will be designed to be equally accessible to both residents and tourists. The car parking will be connected by ten underground pedestrian tunnels located throughout the city. Water taxis will also be used to travel through the waterfront.
Lusail is a new massive planned city, being built 15 km north of Doha, and set to be completed by 2020 at an estimated $45 billion. When completed, Lusail City will feature 19 distinctive districts offering a wide range of facilities:
Blue-water lagoon with two marinas.
25,000 residential units housing 175,000 people.
High and low-rise buildings.
Underground metro link to new Doha rail network.
Commercial districts and mixed-use areas.
Two golf courses.
Retail, leisure, and entertainment district and resorts.
Pearl-Qatar, known world-wide as a major development project, is a unique and innovative mixed-use urban development in the capital city of Doha. By 2018, it is expected to have 45,000 residents, will cost $15 billion and will be a major business, residential and entertainment district for the whole of Gulf area.
Owned and developed by United Development Company (UDC), the island spans over 4 million sq m and offers residents and visitors a complete lifestyle experience that includes residential solutions of the highest international standards, a fantastic choice of retail, dining and hospitality offerings and a host of other amenities and facilities. Admired as Doha´s ´Riviera Arabia,´ Pearl-Qatar occupies a prime location off the coast of Doha´s West Bay.
It´s first phase and gateway to the island houses the world´s longest waterfront luxury retail walkway, the 3.5 km marina-front pedestrian boardwalk ´La Croisette´, which is home to international hospitality brands and fashion boutiques. In addition to the string of store openings taking place in Porto Arabia and Medina Centrale, UDC is planning the upcoming launch of Gymito, a state-of-the-art sporting facility located in Qanat Quartier, spanning 2,000 sq m with more convenience stores and services extended to this charming precinct.
Development of Pearl-Qatar´s 10 precincts is well underway. Once fully completed, The Pearl will create over 32 km of new coastline, to be utilised as a residential estate with an expected 18,831 dwellings and 45,000 residents by 2018.
Expected to be completed by 2018 and to cost $15 billion. The island spans over 4 million sq m and is expected to have 45,000 residents. Balanced mixtures of retail and hospitality outlets, three world-class marinas and an impressive beachfront.