The journey for football fans from across the world to Qatar will be a convenient one in 2022, with Doha’s central location in the world making it easily accessible and the compact hosting plan meaning that fans can comfortably watch more than one match a day.
Fans’ mobility will be significantly aided by the seamless transportation experience which Qatar Rail will offer, with 600,000 passenger trips expected per day by 2021. Fans attending 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ matches will have the option to travel to stadiums on the ultra-modern Doha Metro and Lusail Tram, which are set to provide efficient and comfortable journeys as Qatar continues to make significant progress towards completion of the first phase in late 2019. By then, 37 Metro stations will be completed and there will be an average journey time of just three minutes between adjacent stations.
Construction works on Doha Metro are in full swing as Qatar Rail has now completed nearly 60 percent of the 113 kilometres of tunnelling, using 21 tunnel boring machines (TBM). The Lusail tram system largely runs at street level, but involves some tunnelling which is now complete. The tunnelling work is being implemented with adherence to the highest safety standards and in total, over 27,000 people are working on the construction of the Metro.
The metro network will be delivered in two phases and will include four lines. In central Doha, it will mainly run underground, while on the outskirts of the city the lines will run at ground level or be elevated. The Doha Metro will start operations of the first phase in the fourth quarter of 2019. Phase one covers a distance of 80 km across Doha of which 63 km is underground. The Lusail tram network adds a further 38 km and an additional 37 stations. Completion of the Lusail network is scheduled for 2020.