Qatar Rail Raises Awareness of its Integrated Railway Project with a feast of Art '
02 Mar 2016
• 3 day Theatre Festival initiated by students
• 3 month Art Exhibition in collaboration with Qatari artists based on the directives of His Highness the Emir
Qatar Rail is proud to launch a month of arts, creativity and performance that is intended to celebrate the integrated railway project that it is responsible for delivering to the nation. The calendar of activities kicked off on February 29th with “Qatar Rail Theatre Festival”, a three day theatrical festival which features productions done by local students based on their perceptions of the exciting landmark project. Later this week, Qatar Rail also looks forward to the opening of Metro Art, an exhibition which uses art to bring Doha Metro to life.
“Qatar Rail Theatre Festival” is an initiative Qatar Rail has organised with the Ministry of Transport and Communication and the Ministry of Higher Education. Held at the Qatar National Theatre it features two plays done by local students. The first, entitled “Our Memories of the Future” sees the students imagine using a time machine to travel into the future, visiting Qatar in 2030 and experiencing for themselves the impact the integrated railway system has had to lives of Qatar’s community. Students from Naseeba Bint Kaab Independent Primary School for Girls performed in this play. The second production performed by students from Abou Obaidah Preparatory Independent School for boys, is entitled “The New Guest (Qatar Rail)” and features a grandfather telling his grandson how a family visitor will arrive not by air, nor sea or road, but rather “from underground”. Both productions were created and are performed by the students.
Qatar Rail chief executive officer Dr. Eng. Saad Al Muhannadi commented, “We are delighted to launch this month long arts’ celebration and what better way than with a theatrical performance done by local youth. The next generation are key users of the Qatar Rail projects and giving them a platform to express their thoughts and feelings about this exciting project is just one of the many ways we intend to inspire the nation. Later this week we are going to launch Metro Art, an exhibition which features talented Qatari artists, as well as featuring many other engaging performances and we look forward to releasing more information on this shortly.”
It is worth mentioning here that the two plays are a result of the work carried out by a committee responsible for including Qatar Rail projects within academic curricula and school activities. This committee comprises subject matter experts from Qatar Rail and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and was established with the goal of raising awareness of the young generation with regards to the upcoming railway networks in Qatar. These messages became part of the academic curriculum of the primary and preparatory levels starting from the 2015/2016 academic year. A decision has also been made to include these topics in the school activities during the academic year as well as summer, and two plays represent the first step in that regard.
The first phase of the Doha Metro project, which will be one of the most advanced metro systems, is expected to be complete in the fourth quarter of 2019, while completion of the Lusail Tram is set for 2020.
By 2030, all the three networks – Doha Metro, Lusail Tram and the long-distance rail, which will link Qatar with the GCC Rail network – are expected to be complete. With the completion of the first phase of the Doha Metro and Lusail Tram, Qatar Rail expects to offer 600,000 passenger trips per day by 2021. By then, 37 metro stations are expected to be complete, with an average journey time of three minutes between adjacent stations.