The announcement follows a set of industry awareness events that were held in May and July of this year and attracted more than 700 representatives from consultancy, advisory, construction and operations companies around the world.
"We are entering an exciting phase in the development of Qatar's rail industry, as we prepare to engage local and international partners who will join with us in this major national endeavour to create the region's first fully-integrated railway system," said QRail chief executive officer Eng Saad Ahmed Al Muhannadi. "This invitation is a major opportunity for local contracting companies to join in consortia with large international contractors to design and build six urgent construction packages that include 22km of underground tunnels as well as 15 underground stations in the first stage."
QRail is extending the invitation to all contractors with experience in the design and construction of railways including both major underground and elevated civil works. Enabling works, which include roads and utilities diversions, will be particularly critical and the QRail is looking to partner with contractors who can showcase relevant capabilities and experience in this area.