Mar. 25, 2015


Khalid Nasser Al Hail

Qatar

Khalid Nasser Al Hail

CEO, Mowasalat

BIO

Khalid Nasser Al Hail’s career spans 20 years in various senior roles, including Senior Internal Auditor, Controller Management Accounting, and Manager of the Management Accounting Department in Qatar Petroleum, and his previous role as CEO at Al Ijarah Holding. He graduated from the University of Bridgeport with a BS in Accounting and received his CPA from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

What is the role of Mowasalat within the Qatar National Vision (QNV) 2030?

The QNV 2030 is for the whole country, and part of that is transportation. We have an obligation to provide and improve sustainable public transportation, from buses to taxis. For example, in 2014 we approved and launched a nationwide plan for a better bus service, through which we worked from six major stations to connect the whole country. With investments in infrastructure, such as the new airport and the upcoming metro, it is our job to make sure everything is well integrated.

What are the projects that Mowasalat is currently working on?

We see that there is a major demand for taxis, meaning we are evaluating how to respond to that need. Karwa recently partnered with Capital Taxis as the country's fourth provider after Al Million, Al Ijarah, and Profit Group. We are, therefore, responding to that demand, all while keeping an eye on the future. We are in the final stages of making arrangements to run a point-to-point taxi service in order to run more efficiently. On top of that, we are also working on a system for marine transportation such as water taxi, but that is being considered in planning.

How are you currently planning your preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup?

When we organized the Asian Games in 2006, we gained a lot of knowledge on how to run an international event from a transportation perspective. The best example is that, since the event we have only relied on our own driving school and training center in order to remain in full control. Looking ahead to 2022, we will be preparing step by step. First, we need to add more taxis. As the regulator for taxi services, we set high standards to be followed by Karwa taxi and the other four franchises. We plan to add two more of them and ensure customers have easy access and availability. Currently, we have 3,500 and, by the summer of 2015, we need to have around 4,000-4,500. Ultimately, we plan to have 7,000 taxis. Besides that, we also plan to increase buses from 300 to at least 1,000.

Do you currently partner with your international colleagues in order to learn best practices?

In November 2014, we hosted the international UITP Second Public Transport for Large Events Summit at the National Convention Centre. This biannual conference, held under the kind patronage of the Minister of Transport, was opened by the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and was a great event. The theme was Safety & Security for Large Events, and we combined with a showcase to bring together experts in the industry for knowledge sharing to learn best practices and get an update on the latest innovation. An example of what we learned there is that it is essential to establish an understanding between the transport and non-transport sector. Thanks to the event, we have created more awareness about safety and security, which is a major issue.

How will the infrastructure improvements impact the country's development and economy in the long run?

When I look at the development of mass public transportation, it is clear that transporting mass amounts of people from point A to point B, instead of each person going individually, will make a huge difference. More people will arrive in time due to less traffic, a free flow of traffic, fewer parking challenges, and more choice available to visitors and public. All these are positive developments for the economy and society of Qatar and contribute to realizing the QNV 2030. We are here to support the country moving forward. In terms of 2022, I am ready for it and looking forward. We are building the infrastructure for 2030 and beyond.

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