Qatar Rail reaffirms support for local firms


part of its commitment to Qatar National Vision 2030 and in line with

the government’s diverse initiatives to encourage the local private

sector, Qatar Rail has solidified its commitment to support the private

sector in Qatar.

Since inception, Qatar Rail has been steadfast in

the inclusion of various local private companies in the delivery of its

projects. The company has long prioritised the provision of

opportunities to the Qatari private sector through its projects related

to build and design and accompanying works.

Since its establishment

in 2011, Qatar Rail began procuring civil works design and build

contracts for Doha Metro Phase 1, completing procurement of the last of

these contracts in 2014. To ensure local participation, Qatar Rail

stipulated that each civil works contractor must have at least one

Qatari member at the joint venture level with the vision that this will

fast-track the development of the local construction industry.

As a

result, the Qatari construction sector now has greater experience of

large complex projects and is better able to support development of key

national infrastructure for 2030 and beyond.

In addition to

participation at joint venture level, Qatar Rail requires its

contractors to maximise the use of local Qatari companies at subcontract

level. This obligation is written into every contract awarded by Qatar

Rail. Consequently, 1,998 subcontracts, which amounts to 84% of all

subcontracts, were awarded to Qatari companies.

Most recently, Qatar

Rail has awarded the service provider contract for Doha Metro Phase 1

and Lusail Tram systems. In line with the company’s commitment to

generate more jobs locally, this contract is shaped in a way that it

will create up to 1,500 jobs in the local private sector.


Qatar Rail is now looking to provide opportunities for private sector

investment to partner with Qatar Rail on several future projects

including Transit-oriented developments, Park-and-Ride facilities,

future metro and tram projects, private use of state-owned transport

infrastructure for advertising, communications and other uses, renewable

energy schemes, provision of feeder systems for moving passengers in

the first and last portions of their journeys, and so forth. 


Rail’s Managing Director and CEO Engineer Abdullah al-Subaie said that

Qatar Rail is a staunch advocate of greater participation of the Qatari

private sector. Qatar Rail has awarded over 80% of the projects being

implemented so far to the private sector.

Since the beginning, Qatar

Rail has sought to encourage local companies to take part in joint

ventures with international companies. The local businesses can provide

their expertise on existing systems in the Qatari market, while

international companies can share their knowledge on the establishment

of a world-class rail network. Such partnerships add value to both the

company itself and the project it is implementing, al-Subaie added.


expressed sincerest thanks to all local partners. “Were it not for

their continuous support, our ambitious plans and achievements thus far

wouldn’t have been possible. It is their support that keeps us both on

track and on schedule”.

For his part, Chairman of Al Bidda Switchgear

Sheikh Suhaim bin Abdulaziz al-Thani expressed his pride at the Qatar

Rail project as it supports the Qatar National Vision 2030, and added

that his company managed to deliver to this mega project products that

are fully manufactured on Qatari soil.

He noted that Qatar Rail has

continuously provided the company with the support needed, working with

them like partners rather than suppliers.

Meanwhile, Chairman of

Qatar National Aluminium Panel Company (Q-NAP) Sheikh Naif Ali al-Thani

expressed his commitment to continue to support Qatar Rail and the

delivery of the railway system.

“At Qatar National Aluminium Panel

Company we make every effort to ensure our products and services are

delivered to the highest standards, worthy of this landmark project we

are privileged to be a part of. The support that we received from Qatar

Rail is unwavering, your patronage has played crucial role in promoting

local companies and providing them with unparalleled opportunities for

growth. Through your leadership and guidance you have helped us shape

our business to best comply with the highest standards set not only

locally but internationally,” he said.

Mohamed al-Jufairi, managing

partner of NFFCO Qatar pledged to continue being a part of the project,

noting that it is a true reflection of Qatar National vision 2030.


said that the opportunities given to the company in some of the

packages are remarkable, recognising the immeasurable support and

commitment of Qatar Rail towards the country’s economic development.

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