State-owned Qatari Diar is extending the deadline to 29 March for companies to submit prequalification documents for the project management consultancy contract for a $2.2bn automated people mover in West Bay.

The initial deadline for companies to submit prequalification documents was 8 March.

The automated people mover will connect the Doha Convention Centre & Tower to major points in the West Bay area. The first phase will transport 5,900 passengers an hour in each direction with 10 stations and about 42 cars.

The project is a part of Qatar’s $25bn plans to develop an integrated railway network. The rail network includes the Doha metro, a freight rail line and also a high-speed passenger line.

Automated people movers are also planned in other areas of Doha, including Education City and Lusail City where the Fifa World Cup will be centred in 2022.

Qatari Diar is developing the railway projects together with Germany’s Deutsche Bahn. The two firms signed a memorandum of understanding in 2009 to develop the design for the country’s railway network.

The pair has now finished forming the joint venture Qatar Railways Development Company.

Ghanim bin Saad al-Saad is chairman of Qatar Railways Company board of directors and is also managing director of Qatari Diar. Abdulla al-Subaie has been appointed as managing director of Qatar Railways Company.

Qatar Railways Company will now be responsible for managing all of the design and construction work for Qatar’s metro and rail projects.