Qatar Rail has opened the preview service for the Doha Metro’s Gold Line that runs from Ras Bu Abboud in the east to Al Aziziyah in the west.

The preview service includes 11 stations and trains operating every five minutes with the same operating hours as the Doha Metro’s Red Line.

Qatar Rail service delivery chief Abdulla Saif Al Sulaiti said: “The launch of the metro preview services has been well received and we’ve had an extremely positive response from our customers.

“The launch of the Gold Line service is another key milestone for Qatar Rail leading up to the delivery of our fully-fledged integrated network by 2020. In the past few months, we have dedicated our efforts to deliver the expansion of Doha Metro services, and we are ahead of schedule.”

All of the Doha Metro Gold Line stations are air-conditioned and feature a customer service centre and goldclub centre, as well as separate prayer areas and restrooms for both men and women.

The stations are also equipped with monitors to provide train service details, security cameras and a first aid room.

Al Sulaiti added: “With the launch of the Gold Line preview service we are expecting customer numbers to increase considerably as we open up more journey opportunities to explore the city; connecting attractions and lifestyle destinations, including, National Museum, Souq Waqif, Al Sadd and Sport City.”

Travellers can buy travel cards at metro stations. Pre-loaded standard travel cards are also available at licensed retailers.

In May, Qatar Rail opened the first section of Doha Metro’s Red Line between Al Qassar in the north and Al Wakrah in the south.