Germany to boost education and research activities with Qatar

September 28, 2010
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Herkes with German School Doha students - Qatar Tribune

Germany will focus on boosting cooperation in education and research with Qatar, the country’s ambassador in Doha has said.

“New areas of cooperation will centre on higher education. We will be focusing on research activities,” Anne Ruth Herkes said. “One of the major areas of research will be alternative energy. We will also be focusing on design, engineering and infrastructure,” the envoy said.

A priority for the ambassador, a graduate of the Vienna Diplomatic Academy who was appointed ambassador in Doha in July 2010, is to have a permanent location for the German School Doha to meet the requirements of the steadily increasing number of students and families.

“The number of Germans in Qatar is growing fast. The presence of around 1750 Germans in Qatar right now represents a steep jump in their numbers as compared to just a few hundred of them a few years ago,” she said, quoted by Qatar Tribune.

A large number of German moved to Doha as a result of growing bilateral trade relations and many of them work in the rail project.

German contribution to Qatar’s development will grow substantially in the coming years, she said.

According to the ambassador, Deutsche Bhan, the German rail company that has undertaken the metro rail project in Qatar, will build 108 metro stations.

“This is roughly equivalent to half the metro rail stations in Greater London,”

Herkes said.

Deutsche Bhan in November 2009 signed a $25 billion contract to build rail and underground lines in Qatar.

The metro network within Greater Doha is one of the three major sections of the Qatar railway project expected to be completed in phases over the next six years.

The other two sections are the over-ground railways covering the whole of Qatar and linking it to the rest of the Gulf Cooperation (GCC) region and the cargo trains, Qatar Tribune reported on Tuesday.

The metro rail section of the project is expected to cover a total distance of 354 kilometres with trains running at speeds of 80 to 160 kms per hour.

The ground rail network will cover 345 kilometres and traverse the entire country with passenger electric trains running at between 220 and 350 kms per hour.

This network will be linked to the GCC railways by 2017.

Cargo trains covering major economic centres in Qatar will be running at 120km per hour.

 

 

         

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