This web-page is designed to introduce (3rd) third parties to the terms and requirements associated with construction orientated works within Qatar Rail’s Rail-Protection-Zone. It will provide an overview for technical, nontechnical, management and other personnel needing to understand the fundamentals of the Qatar Rail NOC and Permitting process. The information is intended to help 3rd parties to submit the information necessary for Qatar Rail to process the applications within the Rail-Protection-Zone. The proposed 3rd party schemes will be evaluated in terms of health & safety as well as compliance with the Qatar Rail requirements.
Welcome to NOC and Permitting Services of Qatar Rail. Here you will find information on permit requirements, processes and timelines, manuals, documents for third party activities (initiation-, design- and construction- and close-out stage).
One of the primary responsibilities of Qatar Rail is control & enforcement of third party developments (building & infrastructure) within the Rail-Protection-Zone by issuing Non-Objection Certificates throughout the planning, design, construction and hand-over/operational phases pursuant to Law 10 of 2014 (refer also to MME Directive, letter 75178/2017 dated 22 March 2017).
The Rail-Protection-Zone for the railways is equivalent to the Public Right-of-Way, the National Utility Corridor, QP Corridors and Wayleaves.
Appropriate permits for all activities/works within the Rail-Protection-Zone (RPZ) are required for any new (intended) design, construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, movement to another site, removal or demolition of any development and infrastructure scheme. The NOC process in conjunction with the Qatar Rail requirements for design & construction addresses the interface(s) and any protection & monitoring necessity. It is possible to manually apply via letter; however it is advised to use the Ashghal online application system QDRS/QPRO2 for intended works within the Right-of-Way and the MME Building Permit System for intended works within land parcels. Both, building developments and infrastructure projects, have to be re-validated every 6 months (infrastructure) and 1 year (developments). Please note that also temporary traffic management schemes require Qatar Rails NOC since especially metro stations with their multiple access points; pedestrian movements, taxi & buss arrivals and departures are highly susceptible to disruption by any outside factor.
The NOC receipt from Qatar Rail is generally followed by obtaining a QR Permit to Work (PTW) just prior to the works commencement together with site visits and inspections carried out by Qatar Rail.
Separate or additional permits might be required for intended works near operational railway/metro lines.
No entity or person shall commence the design, construction, repair, maintenance or removal of any intended third party asset under/above/near a railway without obtaining written approval from Qatar Rail who owns, operates and controls of the railway within the Rail-Protection-Zone.
Every owner of a third party asset to be installed or already installed under a railway shall at all times maintain the asset in good order and condition so that:
Please familiarize yourself with our requirements and policy.
The overview plans provide a high-level understanding of the Doha Metro, Lusail Tram and Long Distance Rail network. The different schemes are divided into separate phases and work lots.
Phase 1 of the Doha Metro tunneling works has been completed and station work is currently in the final stage.
The introduction of railways in the State of Qatar means that it is necessary to define zones for the protection of this railway network. To ensure the protection of railways, “Railway Safeguarding” has been introduced. Moreover, Railway Protection Zones have been established, which are defined areas around railway infrastructure, where activities which may affect the railway have to follow an approval process and need to be closely monitored and controlled.
The aim is to ensure that infrastructure schemes and developments along the railway corridor do not cause any damage to the railway assets and adversely affect the ability to build, extend or operate the railways. And according to Law No. 10 of 2014 all rail activities, including activities in the Railway Protection Zones, are exempt from the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment.
The MME Policy Plan includes the railway corridors (rail protection zones).
Administrative Circular No 8 of 2017 - On The Awareness Of The Tunnel Structure For Doha Metro And The Need To Comply With The Requirements under Law 10 of 2014, any person intending to carry out activities in the (Railway-) Protection Zone shall obtain prior permission from Qatar Railways Company before commencement of work on site.
When undertaking a development within the Rail Protection Zone, the applicant should use these guidelines to make sure the intended development proposal complies with the railway requirements.
Qatar Rail sets out guidelines to ensure that the railway infrastructure within the city’s urban development is protected and third party installations are planned and delivered in a coordinated, efficient and technically sustainable manner.
Safety is of paramount importance to us; the safety of passengers and other members of the public using the railway infrastructure, as well as the safety of Qatar Rail employees and the safety of third parties.
The Qatar Rail Permit to Work for third parties applies to all projects, either construction or design & construction, and shall be provided prior to the commencement of the work on site. The objective, following all other approvals like IFADA, DD1, DD2, QDRS, QPRO2, etc., is to identify and assess the final work activity or the work package together with the potential impact on the railway, including rail stations and other related facilities. This process includes coordination with Qatar Rail, our consultants, contractors, operators and service providers:
1. All third party construction sites are required to produce a fully completed “Qatar Rail Permit to Work” prior to commencing with the intended works.
2. The QR Permit to Work shall contain all supporting information packaged together with stamp & signature.