Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) has announced the launch of its preview service for the Doha Metro Gold Line, which extends from Ras Bu Abboud in the east, to Al Aziziyah in the west. The Gold line preview service covers 11 stations, including Ras Bu Abboud, National Museum, Souq Waqif, Bin Mahmoud, Al Sadd, Joaan, Al Sudan, Al Waab, Sport City, Al Aziziyah and interchange station Msheireb.
Customers can now travel between the Doha Metro's Gold and Red Line through Msheireb station. When interchanging between lines, customers are not required to tap in and out as long as they remain within the paid area. All journeys including those requiring an interchange will only cost 2 QAR in our standard and family class, and 10 QAR in Gold class for one trip.
The Gold Line's operating hours are the same as the Red Line, from 6 am to 11 pm Saturday to Thursday and from 02:00 pm- 11:00pm on Fridays, with trains operating every 5 minutes.
Commenting on this milestone said Eng. Abdulla Saif Al Sulaiti, Chief of Service Delivery at Qatar Rail: "The launch of the metro preview services has been well received and we've had a extremely positive response from our customers. The launch of the Gold Line service is another key milestone for Qatar Rail leading up to the delivery of our fully-fledged integrated network by 2020. In the past few months, we have dedicated our efforts to deliver the expansion of Doha Metro services, and we are ahead of schedule.".
He added: "With the launch of the Gold Line preview service we are expecting customer numbers to increase considerably as we open up more journey opportunities to explore the city; connecting attractions and lifestyle destinations including, National Museum, Souq Waqif, Al Sadd and Sport City.".
New metrolink routes will be added by Qatar Rail's feeder bus service provider Mowasalat, transporting passengers to and from metro stations and surrounding areas. Metro passengers can view available routes using Qatar Rail's and Mowasalat's mobile apps or websites. Qatar Rail will be adding and extending its metrolink routes to new neighborhoods and areas, enabling a seamless journey for customers.
All Gold Line stations are now ready to welcome customers. Doha Metro flags have been placed at the entrances of all Gold line stations. Our stations carry Doha Metro's distinct architectural identity, "Vaulted Spaces", the network's contemporary design imprint, reflecting regional heritage through open spaces that mimic traditional Bedouin tents. The stations' interior spaces and floors signifies the color gold.
Our stations are accessible and air conditioned. Each one contains a customer information and goldclub centre, separate male and female prayer areas and restrooms. Live service updates and information is displayed on monitors in all stations, and information on last train schedule and metrolink services can be found at the stations entrances.
Knowlegable and friendly Customer Service agents are on hand across all stations to assist with any enquiries or questions about the network. Stations are equipped with security cameras and a first aid room to ensure the safety and security for all customers.
Travel cards can be purchased at metro stations. Pre-loaded Standard Travel cards can be purchased from licensed retailers including Al Meera, LuLu, Carrefour, Jumbo Electronics, and Family Food Centre. Gold club travel cards are available from dedicated goldclub offices at all Metro stations.