Achieving, empowering, and inspiring sustainability is at the core of the vision and mission of Qatar Foundation (QF), borne of dedication to the lasting well-being and prosperity of the nation.
Through its pioneering actions, accomplishments, and infrastructure, its capacity for innovation, and its pivotal role in encouraging and activating people to embrace healthy lifestyles, QF is instrumental and emblematic in shaping a greener future for Qatar, with its multi-faceted sustainability efforts resonating nationally, regionally, and globally.
As it drives its sustainability agenda forward, in support of the Environmental Development pillar of Qatar National Vision 2030, QF is undertaking a transformation of transport that will alter not just modes of travel, but mindsets.
To achieve the objective of making Education City an environmentally friendly ‘smart city’, a car-free zone will be created through the launch of the groundbreaking QF Tram System, setting a new standard for energy-efficient public transport in the Arabian Gulf.
The system – for which the first batch of trams have now arrived in Doha – will further showcase QF’s sustainable vision, alongside its existing e-bike system, generation of clean energy through solar-paneled roofs and wind turbines, state-of-the-art measures for monitoring environmental impact and reducing CO2 emissions, and buildings demonstrating the very highest green credentials and best design practices.
It will also have an inspirational purpose, raising awareness of the value of sustainable travel and living, as QF empowers and inspires through exemplification.
“We have firmly placed sustainable development at the top of our agenda,” said Engineer Saad Ebrahim Al Muhannadi, President, QF.
“QF’s dedication to sustainability is at the core of many of our activities, and the tram system is just one example. We believe that the planning, design, and construction of green infrastructure is integral to the continued growth of our nation, and our efforts are reflected in a wider national program that is designed to preserve and protect the environment.”
The arrival of the first trams has brought the QF Tram System “one step closer”, stated Engineer Saad Ebrahim Al Muhannadi, who added: “With the trams having the potential to be one of the most energy-efficient forms of public transport, the groundbreaking system will fulfill our ultimate goal of transforming Education City into a ‘smart city’, and becoming a benchmark for green development.”
The 19 trams provided by Siemens, the company tasked with the project, will be equipped with cutting-edge energy-saving features, including an energy storage system allowing them to recharge at stations and operate without overhead power lines.
Each capable of carrying 234 passengers, they will connect QF staff, students, and visitors to 24 stations across an 11.5km network, with the system serving as a link to Qatar Rail's Doha Metro project.
QF is also set to open a comprehensive visitor’s center dedicated to the introduction of the QF Tram System, featuring a full-scale model of one of the trams and information about the planned network.
It is a system that, in the words of Abdurrahman Fatih Sakiz, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens WLL Qatar, will have the dual benefit of helping to address Qatar’s transport requirements, and lessening environmental impact.
“It sets a standard in clean, sustainable, efficient, and technology-rich transport for Middle Eastern cities of the future," he said.