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Welcome aboard Qatar’s metro of the future

The new driverless metro serving Qatar’s capital city is packed with innovations, including on-board WiFi, next-generation trainsets and optimized, real-time traffic management.

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Ultra-modern infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup

With Qatar set to host the World Cup football championship in less than three years, Doha’s entire driverless metro network is now open to the public.

Since December 2019, passengers in the emirate’s capital city have had access to 36 stations on three lines totalling 75 km of track. The metro links all of Qatar’s top spots, including Doha city centre, the airport, and the stadiums where the World Cup matches will be played, in Al-Wakrah and the new city of Lusail, 20 km north of Doha.

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SNCF’s mass-transit expertise

The new system is Qatar’s first urban rail network, with three lines—Red, Green and Gold—in Doha and four tram lines in Lusail. In all, it can carry up to half a million passengers a day, and fares range from €0.50 for a standard ticket to €2.50 for a premium rail experience in a 1st-class seat.

Our subsidiary Keolis is a member of RKH Qitarat1, the joint venture that won the 20-year, €3 billion contract to operate and maintain the network. Keolis—a key player in the project—and French transport specialist RATP Dev hold 49% of RKH Qitarat’s capital. 

  • Doha driverless metro: exterior of Al Qassar station on the Red line

  • Doha metro

  • Doha metro

  • Doha’s driverless metro: interior of a Red line train

  • Doha’s driverless metro: red line platforms

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Cutting-edge metro

The Doha metro’s trainsets are fully automated and packed with innovations. Traffic flows are optimized by Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC) technology, which enables real-time, WiFi-based communication between the trains and the computers that regulate them. 

1 RKH Qitarat is a joint venture, formed by the Qatari company Hamad Group (51%) and RATP Dev and Keolis (49%) especially for the Doha metro project. It will operate the multimodal network for 20 years.