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national railway company Deutsche Bahn to produce plans for a railway network in the country. DB International, the international wing of Deutsche Bahn, and Qatari Diar prepared conceptual designs for the consolidated railway network development in Qatar. A spotlight on: Qatar Rail Qatar Rail was mandated with building a rail system in Qatar from scratch, collaborating with German company Deutsche Bahn since the beginning of the project. F or 10 years, Qatar Rail’s partnerships with leading German businesses have fostered not only economic ties, but also contributed to knowledge-sharing between the two countries. Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) is currently leading one of the largest rail projects in the world – designing and developing the country’s rail network from scratch – to meet the demands of Qatar’s growing population. 20 The state-of-the-art railway network will consist of Doha Metro, a rapid transit system connecting communities within Doha and its suburbs; Lusail Tram, a service for convenient travel within the new city of Lusail, and Long Distance Rail. Once these projects are complete, Qatar Rail will then have the responsibility to manage, operate, and maintain them. According to Abdulla Abdulaziz Al Subaie, Managing Director and CEO of Qatar Rail, once it is in full operation, “Qatar Rail will be a world-class railway company providing safe, reliable and attractive railway transportation services to the cities of Doha and Lusail.” The story of Germany’s involvement in the Qatar Rail project is an interesting one. In 2008, three years before Qatar Rail was founded, national development agency Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment (Qatar Diar) appointed the German Many other German companies have won contracts with Qatar Rail to provide a range of services like installation, design, procurement management and the supply of numerous items, including tunnel boring machines, elevators, and crane cars. Their role in supporting the development of this project is vital. Mr Al Subaie said: “We are now in the most critical phase of our construction programme. Ongoing works include the installation of trackwork and railway systems, mechanical and electrical plant and equipment and architectural fit-out of stations.” The integrated railway system will be affordable, reliable and convenient. It will also be world-leading. For example, once complete, Doha Metro will be one of the fastest driverless trains in the world and the fastest in the region, reaching speeds of 100 kilometres per hour. As phase one of the Doha Metro project nears completion, Qatar Rail is excited for the next phase of the project and looks forward to continued partnerships with German businesses. 21