Keolis Joint Venture Awarded Doha Metro Contract
On Thursday, December 7, Guillaume Pepy, Chairman of the board of SNCF, signed the contract between Qatar Rail, the national operator of Qatari public transport, and RKH Qitarat, a joint venture including RATP Dev and Keolis, for the operation and the maintenance of the Doha automated metro and the Lusail tramway, a city under construction 15 km north of the capital of the emirate. The signing took place in the presence of the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron and the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
Established for this project, the joint venture RKH Qitart, which includes RATP Dev – Keolis (49%) and the Qatari company Hamad Group (51%), will operate the new multimodal network for twenty years. In effect since November 1, the contract won after a two-year international competition amounted to 3 billion euros. The joint application of the companies of the RATP and SNCF groups benefited from very strong support from the French public authorities, who in particular emphasized the operational excellence and experience of the two mass transit operators.
This project, one of the largest public transport projects in the world, is part of Qatar’s ambition to become a reference model for smart cities (smart or connected cities) in the making. The Doha automated metro is a showcase for all the latest know-how in urban mobility.
“Together, RATP and SNCF mobilized the best of their technical and human expertise to meet this challenge. This emblematic project shows that the French know-how in the mass transit has become a pledge of quality that makes the house France win internationally” said Mr Pepy.
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