The initial operating section includes 13 of the 18 stations on the first phase of the Red Line and links Al Qassar with Al Wakra, where the line's depot is located.
Services on the Red Line South operate between 08.00 and 23.00 from Sunday to Thursday.
In December 2017 Qatar Rail awarded RKH Qitarat, a joint venture of RATP Dev, Keolis and Hamad Group, a 20-year contract to operate and maintain the three-line Doha metro network and the four-line Lusail light rail network.
Kinki Sharyo is supplying 75 three-car metro trains, dubbed Al Faras, for the first phase of the network. Each train seats 172 passengers in standard class, 26 in family class, and 16 in first class.
The interior design is inspired by Doha’s modern skyline, while the exterior of the train has been styled to resemble an Arabian mare, which is revered in Qatari culture.
Qatar Rail placed an order for 35 additional trains in October 2018 for delivery in 2021.
The remainder of the 75km 37-station first phase is due to be completed by next year.