KONE wins major order for Qatar’s Doha Metro project
KONE, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has won an order to supply elevators and escalators for the Qatar Rail project in Doha. The contract includes the supply of over 500 pieces of equipment for Doha Metro’s Red Line South and Gold Line and a 20-year maintenance agreement.
The Doha Metro project is a planned rapid transit system in Qatar's capital city. It will comprise of four lines and include 100 stations, spanning a length of 215 km. It will be an integral component of the larger Qatar Rail network, which will include a long-distance rail for passengers and freight, linking Qatar to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and Lusail City’s local Light Rail Transit (LRT). The Doha Metro is developed by Qatar Rail and three of the lines are scheduled to be completed by early 2020. The fourth line will be completed in the second phase of the project.
KONE will design, supply and install altogether 189 KONE MonoSpace® Special & KONE Transys™ elevators, 253 KONE TransitMaster™ escalators and 102 TransitMaster™ autowalks tailored for passenger use in the Red and Gold lines. The elevator technology will be based on energy-efficient KONE MonoSpace® solutions.
"We are pleased to work with Qatar Rail on this new and exciting project," says Mark Bayyari, Managing Director of KONE Qatar. "When you have a huge number of people commuting through transit centers every day, you really have to look at the safety and efficiency of the equipment. That will enable people to move smoothly and comfortably, with the shortest possible waiting time. This cannot be overstated and we look forward to providing our people flow expertise and solutions to the Doha Metro."