Qatar Rail has announced that the up and coming Doha Metro will have the fastest driverless trains in the region, and some of the fastest in the world, with the capacity to reach up to 100 km per hour.
The trains’ shape and design were inspired by the Arabian mare, ‘Al Faras’, which is seen as a symbol of speed that embodies Qatari culture and heritage.
The 75 trains that are set to be used for the Doha Metro will each consist of three cars, one of which will include a Gold and Family class, while the remaining two will be set aside as Standard class.
This regional record is not to be confused with the Lusail Tram, which will be able to run up to a speed of 60 km per hour, and has 28 trains that will each be split into five carriages. Although slower, these trains are designed after ‘Al Mehmel’, the traditional Qatari dhow boat, and have their own elegance.
The trains are being built and designed in Osaka, Japan, by the Kinki Sharyo company. The first phase of the Doha Metro’s creation is expected to be complete by 2020, an event that is highly anticipated in a country that is still developing its public transport sector.