Doha: Lusail tram station designs are inspired by local Qatari heritage and historical legacy, the Doha Metro and Lusail Tramway said on its social media.
In a post, on his Twitter account, accompanied by photos of the tram stations, Lusail Tram wrote that the interior design of the stations was developed on three levels – colors mimicking traditional local handcrafted textiles and the stained glass used in local windows. .
He further added that the designs are derived from drywall engravings used in local houses, majlis and palaces. “The clay textures used in historic fortresses, towers, souks are reflected on the walls and floors and the period geometric ornaments are accentuated and used in several places,” he added.
The design of the Lusail tram was also inspired by ‘Al Mehmel’, which means ‘the dhow’ – a traditional Qatari boat used for pearl fishing. The concept focused on sea and dhow pearl fishing, incorporating calm, cool, elegant and tranquil elements into the design. These characteristics also resonate throughout the design of trams.
Qatar Rail launched its first phase of the Lusail tram preview service on January 1. The first phase includes the preview service of six Orange Line stations, namely Marina, Marina Promenade, Yacht Club, Esplanade, Energy City South and Legtaifiya. Legtaifiya station connects the Lusail tram to the Doha metro network.
Once fully opened, the Lusail tram network will extend over 28 km, comprising four lines and 25 stations (two of which will be connected to the metro network). The rest of the network will gradually be opened to the public as the exciting town of Lusail grows.
Existing transport cards for the Doha metro allow customers to travel seamlessly on the metro and tram networks and provide access to metroexpress and metrolink services.
Transport cards work in both the tram and the metro at no additional cost. However, customers should always remember to type and type using the validator on board the tram to avoid paying twice.
The six underground tram stations in the preview service are air-conditioned. Each contains a customer information center, travel card vending machines, live digital service updates, separate prayer rooms for men and women, and rest rooms suitable for people with reduced mobility. The stations also include clear directional signage to help customers navigate with ease throughout their journey. All stations are equipped with video surveillance and a first aid room to maintain the safety and security of all customers.