Qatar Rail is the state owned railway that sustainably and efficiently works to get both people and freight around the country. Established by Amiri decree in 2011, Qatar Rail was given the mandate to design and develop the country’s rail network, as well as manage, operate, and maintain them following completion.
Qatar Rail has two main directives to meet the transportation needs of the country: the Doha Metro, a mostly underground rail network which connects communities within Doha and its suburbs; and the Lusail Tram (LT), a tram network providing comfortable and convenient travel within the new city of Lusail. Qatar Rail’s vision for the Lusail Tram is to have commuters enjoying a smart, driverless experience equipped with advanced safety and security controls, intelligent air conditioning, and spacious seating on their trips around Qatar.
Qatar Rail is responsible for the development and regulation of the railway sector within the country and as such it has come up with many of the service requirements that it implements. Qatar Rail is responsible for the development of railway standards that include safety, environment, customer service, the management of costs and feasibilities, the appointment and oversight of program management contracts, the integration of the rail network with other pre-existing modes of transport, the development of railway sector policies (including fare policies) and strategies, and lastly, the enforcement of regulations and standards on all rail service operators.