In August, a consortium including Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) was awarded a QAR 1.5 billion ($412 million) contract for the design, construction, installation, commissioning, and operation and maintenance of a new People Mover System in Doha’s Education City for Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF).
HLG, operating as Leighton Contracting Qatar WLL, is part of the Siemens Tram Consortium with Siemens WLL Doha and Siemens AG from Germany. HLG’s component of the project is worth QAR 450 million ($124 million). HLG’s scope of works incorporates the design and construction of track-work, tram-stops and the depot facility, which includes maintenance workshops and administration buildings.
The project will be the first operating rail transport system in Qatar and it represents the start of the country’s $35 billion investment in rail infrastructure over the next 10 years as part of the 2022 FIFA World Cup infrastructure program.
The People Mover System is designed to reduce the flow of traffic within Education City by allowing students to park their cars in purpose-built multi-storey car parks and travel free of charge on a battery-powered tram system to their destination within Education City.