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                                                                                                First with the news and what’s behind it
 THURSDAY            APRIL 7, 2011                 JUMADA AL-AWWAL 3, 1432                 I Newsline I Nationline I Businessline I Lifeline I Sportsline                                                       VOL. 5 NO. 1676               QR 2

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 Qatari Diar, two others bid for
 London Olympic Village
                                                                                                                                                                                   for Lusail
 QATARI Diar, a consortium involving
 the property arm of the Qatar
 Investment Authority, London-based
 real estate investment adviser
                                                                                                                                                                                   rail system
 Delancey, and London-based
 Wellcome Trust were named on                                                                                                                                                        TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK            freight network. The Qatar
 Wednesday as the three bidders                                                                                                                                                               NEW YORK               Railways Company is wholly
 shortlisted to run part of the Olympic                                                                                                                                                                              owned by Qatari Diar Real
 Village once the athletes have left. A                                                                                                                                            QATAR Railways Company            Estate           Development
 final decision on a bidder is expected                                                                                                                                             and Qatari Diar have signed a     Company.
 in the summer. (PG 16)                                                                                                                                                            5-year QR155 million ($42.5          The contract highlights the
                                                                                                                                                                                   million) contract with US-        growing business and invest-
                                                                                                                                                                                   based       firms       Parsons    ment ties between Qatar and
 Mowasalat plans to launch                                                                                                                                                         International and Aecom at        the United States.
 shuttle bus service                                                                                                                                                               the Business and Investment          Speaking at the signing cer-
                                                                                                                                                                                   in Qatar Forum in New York        emony, al Subaie, said, “Qatar
 MOWASALAT is to launch shuttle                                                                                                                                                    on Wednesday to manage the        Railways Company looks for-
 bus services to ease the problems of                                                                                                                                              construction of the new Lusail    ward to joining hands with
 the low-income group commuters.                                                                                                                                                   Light Rail Transit system.        Parsons and Aecom to devel-
 The company will first introduce the                    The Deputy Emir and Heir Apparent His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani presents HH the Emir Sword to the              The contract was signed by     op the state-of-the-art new
 service in greater passenger-density                   winner of the annual Hejen festival camel race at Al Shahaniya race track, on Wednesday.                                   Managing Director and Board       light rail system in Lusail. The
 areas to help them reach their near-                                                                                                                                              Member of the Qatar               initiative is symbolic of the
 est bus shelters quicker. Speaking at                                                                                                                                             Railways Company Engineer         strong commitment to
 the mass transit summit which                                                                                                                                                     Abdulla Abdulaziz Turki al        Qatar’s future that we are

                                                        Sidra centre to be
 began on Wednesday, Planning                                                                                                                                                      Subaie and John Dionisio,         committed to secure.”
 Manager at Mowasalat’s Mass                                                                                                                                                       president and CEO of Aecom           In his remarks, Ray
 Transit Department Sheldon Cowie                                                                                                                                                  who       represented       the   LaHood said: “Such partner-
 said that the shuttle buses will be of                                                                                                                                            Aecom/Parsons joint venture       ship deals reflect the growing
 great help to passengers, especially                                                                                                                                              in the presence of the Prime      commercial         cooperation
 during summer when the heat                                                                                                                                                       Minister and Minister for         between the US and Qatar

                                                        ready in May 2012
 becomes unbearable. (PG 17)                                                                                                                                                       Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh         and demonstrate the impor-
                                                                                                                                                                                   Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor        tance of our mutual trade that
                                                                                                                                                                                   al      Thani      and      US    is working to build economic
 15 refugees from Libya dead,                                                                                                                                                      Transportation Secretary Ray      prosperity in our two coun-
 250 missing in boat mishap                                                                                                                                                        LaHood.                           tries. We look forward to
                                                                                                                                                                                      The Lusail Light Rail          working closely with the
 BETWEEN 130 and 250 people                                                                                                                                                        Transit system is part of the     Government of Qatar on
 were missing and at least 15                                           QNA                                                              have to share rooms,” the Qatar           Qatar Railway project, a $30      these and future projects.”
 appeared to be dead after a boat                                       DOHA                                                             Foundation official pointed out.           billion integrated railway net-      The Lusail Light Rail
 carrying refugees from Libya cap-                                                                  New ground                           Though designed to have 550 beds,         work that will cover all major
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         CONTINUED ON PAGE 16
 sized south of Sicily early on                         CONSTRUCTION of the ultra-                                                       the hospital would have only 390          areas in Qatar. It will consist
 Wednesday, coast guard officials                        modern Sidra Medical and                   Vice-President, Capital               beds in the first stage.                   of long- distance, metro and                SEE ALSO PAGE 18
 and aid workers said. Rescuers                         Research Center is progressing well        Project and Facilities                  Planning for a wide range of sup-
 picked up 47 people after the                          and is going to be completed on            Management, Qatar                     port services such as digital imaging
 overloaded boat, which left Libya                      time in May 2012. The facility is          Foundation for                        and radiology, computerised phar-
 two days ago, sank south of                            scheduled to start functioning next        Education, Science                    macy, laboratory, food services,
 Lampedusa island. (PG 4)                               year.                                      and Community                         laundry, materials management,
                                                          Giving this information on               Development, Saad al                  security and housekeeping is also in
                                                        Wednesday, Vice-President, Capital         Muhannadi said that                   an advanced stage to ensure that
 Rebels enter Gbagbo’s house                            Project and Facilities Management,         the construction and                  the medical center provides health
 in Ivory Coast                                         Qatar Foundation for Education,            equipping of the                      care services on a par with the inter-
                                                        Science        and       Community         hospital will cost                    national standards. Al Muhannadi
 A SPOKESWOMAN for the govern-                          Development, Saad al Muhannadi             around QR8 billion.                   said that the hospital would offer
 ment of the country’s democrati-                       said that the construction and                                                   comprehensive care for patients,
 cally elected president Alassane                       equipping of the hospital will cost                                              particularly for women and chil-
 Ouattara said on France-24 televi-                     around QR8 billion. “Several criti-      2005 and the architectural design       dren. For women, the centre would
 sion that pro-Ouattara forces had                      cal milestones have already been         announced in early 2007, he said        offer medical care before and after
 entered the gates of Laurent                           achieved. Right now, planning for        adding that a key project milestone,    childbirth. The centre will offer a
 Gbagbo’s residence. “At the                            the clinical services and research to    Sidra’s schematic design, was com-      wide range of super-specialty med-
 moment they have not yet cap-                          be conducted at the centre is pro-       pleted in the summer of 2008. “The      ical services It will be equipped to
 tured Gbagbo but it will happen                        gressing alongside the building          centre will be the only hospital in     perform brain surgery, plastic sur-       Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Hamad
 soon,” Affoussy Bamba said by                          activity,” al Muhannadi said.            Qatar to have a bed even in the         gery and treat heart diseases and         bin Jassim bin Jabor al Thani (right) with Exxon Mobil Corporation
 telephone from Abidjan. (PG 16)                          The initial clinical planning for      emergency room unlike other hos-                                                  Chairman and CEO Rex W Tillerson at the Business & Investment
                                                        the centre was completed in late         pitals in the country where patients             CONTINUED ON PAGE 16             in Qatar Forum, in New York, on Wednesday.

 Qatar national strategy for review of railway projects
 Rail network, Doha Metro to cost $36.1 bn                                                 urban transportation infrastruc-                                             national rail network, which is       speed passenger rail and freight

            RAJESH MISHRA
                                                                                           ture in greater Doha is indis-
                                                                                           putable, the scale and scope of the      QT           Exclusive              expected to be completed by 2017,
                                                                                                                                                                        requires greater coordination
                                                                                                                                                                                                              services. The network will be con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              nected to the common GCC rail
                                                   ger-traffic assumptions, costs and       project are based on implausibly                                             between Qatar and the other GCC       network, also expected to become
                    DOHA                           wider economic, social and envi-        high population and passenger-            The $9.1 bn national               countries on the one hand and         operational in 2017.
                                                   ronmental impacts – argues that         traffic projections,” the strategy         rail network and Doha              among entities involved in road         Since Qatar is served by only one
 THE Qatar National Development                    the current design promises to be       points out. It emphasises the need        Metro estimated to                 and rail planning including, Qatari   and often congested land border
 Strategy 2011-2016, released                      very costly for the passengers. The     for reviewing the twin rail projects.     cost around $27 bn                 Diar, the Urban Planning and          crossing to Saudi Arabia, the rail
 recently, has called for a review of              $9.1 billion national rail network of     However, the plans for Doha             will claim a big chunk             Development Authority and the         network is expected to improve
 the proposed Qatar rail network                   350 kilometres and Doha Metro           Metro system – expected to be             of the infrastructural             Qatar-Bahrain           Causeway      connectivity of Qatar’s hinterland
 and Doha Metro project.                           estimated to cost around $27 bil-       complete by 2025 – are already in         expenses in the                    Foundation on the other, the doc-     with the GCC countries. Benefits
   The strategy – which targets the                lion will claim a big chunk of the      place. Qatari Diar and Germany’s          coming years.                      ument adds.                           of the network will, however,
 review of the Doha Metro system                   infrastructural expenses in Qatar in    first steam locomotive company                                                  The national rail network will      depend on achieving a good match
 planned in the light of realistic pop-            the coming years.                       Deutsche Bahn have formed a             project worth $27billion.            connect Qatar’s main residential      between demand and supply of
 ulation growth estimate, passen-                     “While the need for improved         consortium to manage this mega            According to the strategy, the     and industrial hubs through high-     services within the region.
16         Thursday, April 7, 2011
                                                                 THE LAST WORD

  Qatari Diar, 2 others                                              Attack on Gbagbo bunker                                                                                                                      Gulf states
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  seek to broker
  bid for London                                                                                                                                                                                                  deal for
  Olympic Village                                                    in Ivory Coast repelled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Saleh’s exit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             NEW YORK
            REUTERS                associations, has bought                      ABIDJAN
             LONDON                the other half for affordable                                                                                                                                                  QATAR Prime Minister and
                                   housing.                          FORCES loyal to Ivory Coast                                                                                                                  Minister of Foreign Affairs
  QATARI Diar, a consortium           Politicians hope the 9.3       presidential           claimant                                                                                                              HE Sheikh Hamad bin
  involving the property arm       billion pounds ($15.21 bil-       Alassane Ouattara launched a                                                                                                                 Jassim bin Jabor al Thani
  of the Qatar Investment          lion) invested in the Games       heavy attack on Wednesday                                                                                                                    said on Wednesday that Gulf
  Authority, London-based          will help regenerate what         on the bunker where Laurent                                                                                                                  states hope to strike a deal
  real estate investment advis-    has been one of the most          Gbagbo is holed up but                                                                                                                       with Yemen’s president to
  er Delancey, and London-         deprived areas of Britain.        appeared to have been                                                                                                                        step down.
  based trust Wellcome Trust          The area in Stratford,         repelled, a Western military                                                                                                                    “We hope that we will
  were named on Wednesday          east London, will also have       source said.                                                                                                                                 strike a deal,” he told
  as the three bidders short-      education and healthcare             Fighting raged for a third                                                                                                                reporters on the sidelines of a
  listed to run part of the        facilities, new parklands,        straight day in the economic                                                                                                                 Business and Investment in
  Olympic Village once the         public squares and open           capital Abidjan as Ouattara’s                                                                                                                Qatar Forum in New York
  athletes have left.              space, as well as good            forces tried to unseat Gbagbo,                                                                                                               when asked if the Gulf
     London-based          trust   transport connections.            who has refused to cede                                                                                                                      Cooperation Council had
  Wellcome Trust was invited                                         power after losing a                                                                                                                         reached such a pact for
  to submit a final offer for the     Nearly half the                 November         election    to                                                                                                              Yemen’s       President       Ali
  purchase and long-term             2,818 new                       Ouattara, according to UN-                                                                                                                   Abdullah Saleh to step down.
  management of that part of         homes, to be                    certified results.                                                                                                                               “We (the council) have
  the village currently owned        converted from                     The source, who lives near                                                                                                                been meeting for the last few
  by the Olympic Delivery            athletes’ quar-                 Gbagbo’s heavily defended          Soldiers fighting for internationally-recognised Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara prepare for an        days in Riyadh and we’re
  Authority (ODA), the body          ters after 2012,                residence in Abidjan, said         assault on the residence of Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo, in Abidjan, on Wednesday. (AFP)         sending a proposal for him
  responsible for building the       are owned by the                fighting had died down in the                                                                                                                 and the opposition and we
  Games’ infrastructure.             ODA.                            afternoon and Ouattara’s              “The fighting is terrible        Gbagbo’s departure failed,         soldiers from the regular           hope a meeting will be held
     The other two shortlisted        The private homes will         forces had regrouped.              here, the explosions are so        French Foreign Minister            army had heeded a call to lay       between his team and the
  bidders were the interna-        range from studio apart-             “As I understand it, they       heavy my building is shak-         Alain Juppe said.                  down their arms.                    opposition to try to find a way
  tional           corporation     ments to four-to-five bed-         tried to take Gbagbo resi-         ing,” resident Alfred Kouassi         “The negotiations which           Despite the fighting, des-         out of this problem,” he said.
  Hutchison Whampoa and            room houses.                      dence this morning. The            told Reuters.                      were carried out for hours         perate civilians in the north of       Ali Abdullah Saleh’s at
  Delancey and “The quality           A final decision on a          assault failed,” said the             “We can hear automatic          yesterday      between      the    the city ventured outside to        times bloody response to
  of the three shortlisted par-    bidder is expected in the         source, speaking on condition      gunfire and also the thud of        entourage of Laurent Gbagbo        hunt for water and food.            protests, inspired by those in
  ties is a vote of confidence      summer.                           of anonymity.                      heavy weapons. There’s             and Ivorian authorities have         “We haven’t slept, we haven’t     Egypt and Tunisia, against his
  in the Olympic Village,             Last month, Wellcome              “They could not break           shooting all over the place.       failed because of Gbagbo’s         eaten, we’ve had nothing to         32-year rule has tried the
  demonstrating both UK            said it was giving “detailed      through the resistance from        Cars are speeding in all direc-    intransigence,” Juppe told         drink. We are all going to die,”    patience of his U.S. and Saudi
  and international interest       consideration” into how it        all the heavy weapons still        tions and so are the fighters,”     parliament in Paris.               said 17-year-old Mariam.            backers.
  in first-class British proper-    could become an investor          hidden around Gbagbo’s resi-       he said.                              He had earlier said Gbagbo        Gbagbo has ruled Ivory               “The proposal is to have a
  ty,” ODA Chief Executive         in the wider Olympic Park         dence. They pulled back to            He could see French tanks       had “no future” and that it was    Coast         since       2000.     governing council grouping
  Dennis Hone said in a            as well as the village, boost-    rethink and replan.”               in the street but did not know     “absurd” for him to hang on.       Negotiations to persuade him        all the various political parties
  statement.                       ing the hopes for the cre-           A     spokeswoman        for    whether they were taking part         The former colonial power       to quit stalled after he resisted   and tribes for a period that
     Nearly half the 2,818 new     ation of a science and tech-      Ouattara denied that his           in the offensive.                  in Ivory Coast, France has         international pressure to sign      would not exceed three
  homes, to be converted           nology centre.                    forces had retreated but could        The French military said        taken a leading role in talks to   a document renouncing his           months,” one Gulf official told
  from athletes’ quarters after       It declined to confirm a        not provide any details about      their troops were not involved     persuade Gbagbo to hand            claim to power.                     Reuters on Wednesday of a
  2012, are owned by the           Financial Times report that       the ongoing assault and could      in the attack, unlike earlier in   over to Ouattara and end a           “If Gbagbo has refused to         plan to be presented to Saleh
  ODA, along with six future       the trust had offered 1 bil-      not say whether fighting con-       the week when French and           four-month standoff over the       sign the documents they (UN         and his opponents at talks to
  development plots in the vil-    lion pounds to buy up the         tinued.                            UN helicopter airstrikes           contested       election      in   and France) presented to him        take place soon in Saudi
  lage with the potential for a    freehold of the bulk of the          Residents had earlier           backed the rebels’ advance         November.                          yesterday, it is because they       Arabia. A date is not set.
  further 2,000 new homes.         Olympic Park, including the       reported gunfire from heavy         into Abidjan.                         Ouattara’s forces had earli-    proposed something that had            “The council will set the
     Triathlon Homes, a joint      stadium, the aquatics cen-        weapons around the resi-              The fighting resumed early       er tried to storm Gbagbo’s         no legal and judicial basis,”       way for elections,” the Gulf
  venture company involving        tre, the athletics village and    dence, which is guarded by         on Wednesday after negotia-        residence, but locals said         Gbagbo’s spokesman Ahoua            official added, echoing other
  developers and housing           the media centre.                 youth militias and Gbagbo’s        tions led by the United            Gbagbo’s militiamen put up a       Don Mello told Reuters on           sources in the region and
                                                                     presidential guard.                Nations and France to secure       stiff resistance, even as most     Wednesday.                          beyond.

Qatar, US     Sidra centre to be ready in May 2012
sign contract                                      of latest developments in genetics to
                                   CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
                                                   provide medical care to women and
for Lusail    handle HIV cases.
                                                   children. The Centre will be com-
                                                   pletely wired with little or no paper-
rail system and interim health has 147 full-time work. feature of the hospital will
                At present, Sidra
                                  consultants. The   A special
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1              project team is expected to grow to        be the use of robots as well as com-
                                   approximately 270 before the hospi-        puters for diagnostic procedures. The
                                   tal opens its doors to patients. And       Centre will provide complete satisfac-
Transit system is central to the   once it gets into operation in late        tion to the patients in terms of securi-
transportation infrastructure      2012, it will be employing more than       ty and supervision.
of Lusail City, one of the         4500 clinicians, technologists, bio-          For example, the highly digitalised
largest and most ambitious         medical researchers and support            system in operation in the hospital
real estate development proj-      staff.                                     will warn the doctors if the medicine
ects being undertaken in the         “The hospital will also serve as an      they prescribe would cause an acci-
Middle East and North Africa       educational centre for the Weill           dental overdose because it conflicts
region. It will feature 30km of    Cornell University students. Sidra is      with another medicine a patient is
track, 7km of which are under-     also a research centre, and much of its    being administered. “Sidra is a com-
ground, 24 stations (seven of      resources and activities will be geared    plex undertaking with an advanced
which are underground), serv-      towards research. This reflects             level of technology incorporated into
ice depots and a viaduct.          Qatar’s desire to accumulate neces-        the all-digital facility. The technology
  Group CEO of Qatari Diar         sary skills in medical research and        will include the latest equipment and
Mohammed al Hedfa said,            contribute to the field in the future.      software applications for clinical,
“Public transportation is            The research will focus mainly on        administrative, and research works.
absolutely central to Lusail. We   diabetes, particularly among chil-         The venture is part of Qatar’s com-
are bringing together two world    dren, its prevention and treatment.        mitment to make the best medical
leaders to deliver the best in     The research to be undertaken here         services available to its citizens and
industry solutions for Qatar.      will also focus on cancer and the use      residents,” said al Muhannadi .

Qatar Airways reaches its 100th destination

QATAR Airways began operations
to the northern Syrian city of
Aleppo, marking the carrier’s his-
toric 100th destination. Flight
QR430 arrived from Doha to the
key economic gateway city to a
water salute and airport ceremony
on Wednesday.
  On board the maiden flight to
Aleppo was Qatar Airways’ Senior
Vice President Commercial Ali al
Rais, who led a delegation, includ-
ing Bashar Samara, Charge
D’Affaires of the Syrian embassy in
Doha. They were received by senior
airport officials and dignitaries,
including the Governor of Aleppo         Governor of Aleppo Ali Ahmad Mansoura (left) receives a gift from Qatar
Ali Ahmad Mansoura.                      Airways Senior Vice-President (Commercial Operations) Ali al Rais at the
  Addressing guests on arrival at        Aleppo airport, Syria, on Wednesday.
Aleppo International Airport, Al
Rais said, “We are celebrating this      tination, and is an economic driving    of under-served markets, where we
momentous occasion for the airline,      force behind Syria’s textile, manu-     have wanted to expand to. We are
and we are pleased to share it with      facturing and trading industries.       grateful to the authorities for their
the people of Aleppo. Aleppo is an       The city is also a destination that     support in welcoming our expan-
attractive tourist and business des-     has long been on Qatar Airways’ list    sion in Syria.”

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