A construction boom is brewing for Qatar as it seeks to build the countrys first high-speed train.
The country’s construction minister announced on Tuesday that construction would start in 2018 on a new high-performance train that will transport about 100,000 people per hour, a key milestone in the country’s quest to become a world leader in high-capacity transport.
The railway, called Qatari High Speed Train 1, will use a special system called Parallel Construction Boost Osrs that is designed to boost productivity while also reducing CO2 emissions.
The first high speed train is expected to run between 2020 and 2021.
It will be able to travel up to 4,000km (2,500 miles) per hour on a single engine, and will be capable of reaching speeds of up to 10,000 km per hour.
“The project will create thousands of new jobs, with an additional 10,500 jobs at the completion of construction,” Minister of Economy and Investment, Mohammad Qassem al-Shaikh, told Al Jazeera.
“This is an important step towards making Qatar one of the top 10 fastest developing countries in the world.”
Qatar has already launched a high-level study of its potential future infrastructure in the region and has already announced a major investment in its new rail link, which is scheduled to begin operating in 2021.
The Qatari railway project is being led by Qatar Railways, which will run the train and provide technical support for the construction.
Qatar’s government has been working on its high-voltage rail project for more than three years, but it is unclear when it will begin construction.
The government has promised to spend up to $US100 billion ($115 billion) on the project.