Posted on November 27, 2013

H.E Jassim Seif Ahmed AlSulaiti – Qatar’s Minister of Transport, Dr. Abdul Rahim Naqi - Secretary General, Federation of GCC Chambers, Distinguished Guests,

Allow me to welcome you to your second home in Qatar, and wish you that this exhibition and conference plant the seeds for fruitful business endeavors and opportunities.

We, at Qatar Rail, recognize the importance of partaking in Qatar’s International Transport and Logistics Industry Exhibition, Trans4 2013, and the significance of this event in attracting regional and international key players, decision makers, and professionals in the transports and logistics field; Trans4 has now become both a reference and a platform for the industry, showcasing Qatar’s current and future plans in the transport and shipping sector before international companies and institutions, and allowing the latter to discuss untapped investment opportunities in this dynamic industry that makes a strategic contributor to social and economic development. We trust in that the conference will give room to discuss challenges and obstacles faced by key stakeholders in the transport, railway and logistics fields. Looking forward, we hope it will also allow them to identify their aspirations and opportunities in building integrated infrastructures for core transport services, and to determine the role of the private sector in helping their projects come to fruition.

Our strategic partnership with Trans4 is a testament to our commitment to the four essential pillars of Qatar’s national vision 2030; our current and future projects are aimed at the development of a safe, efficient, and integrated public transport network as an alternative and competitor to private transport.

We have always strived to make our mark in the world of modern transport, our railway projects ranking among the biggest, most sophisticated and most developed in the Middle East Region. We continue to do so, working by a delicate yet crucial business equation that sits on three ground principles: transparency, quality and timely delivery.

Engineer Hamad Al Bishri, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Program Officer of Qatar Rail.

Our projects work in full integration to connect Qatar’s key areas with each other and with their vital extensions, whereby the Doha Metro will tie together the capital’s inner and outer areas such as Lusail city, the New Doha International Airport, the Education City, Al Wakrah and the West Bay area.

Ladies and gentlemen

To date, Qatar Rail has signed on to several agreements, worth over $ 32 billion in total, in order to proceed with the Doha Metro Project. Today, we are proud to announce that we have officially begun work for the setup of the metro stations in 20 out of 25 locations, and started with the preliminary drilling works for the metro tunnels - reaching close to 5 meters in depth in some locations - in key areas, in hopes that Phase 1 of the Doha Metro will be completed in 2019 ان شاء الله.

Similarly, we are moving ahead at great speed with The Lusail Light Rail Transit, slated to be officially delivered by end of 2016; having already finalized the drilling works for the project’s tunnels, we’ve completed over 55 % of the drilling works for its stations  ان شاء الله .  

In light of the discussions, debates and opportunities it will surely generate, we have faith in that the Trans4 2013 expo and conference will give us a push to a quantum leap in Qatar’s transport sector, and help us keep pace with the expectations and aspirations of the Qatari people. 

والسلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته