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Iraq Opens International Investment Opportunities for Metro Rail Projects

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The National Investment Commission (NIC) in Iraq has unveiled promising investment prospects for international stakeholders, announcing two metro rail projects in the heart of the country.

Situated amidst the historic lands between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, these ventures hold significant strategic value for Iraq’s transportation infrastructure and economic development.

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The first project, a four-stop metro line linking central Karbala to Najaf via Karbala airport, targets the burgeoning influx of Shia Muslim pilgrims.

With Najaf’s Mosque of Ali drawing a staggering number of faithful annually, second only to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, the need for efficient transportation is paramount.

The proposed metro line seeks to streamline pilgrim movements, enhancing accessibility and connectivity while underscoring Iraq’s commitment to facilitating religious tourism.

The second project, of grander scale, envisions a comprehensive metro system for Baghdad, the nation’s capital.

Spanning seven lines totaling 150 kilometers, with 64 stations, four workshop/depots, and two control centers, this ambitious endeavor aims to revolutionize urban mobility in Baghdad.

Notably, the project advocates for cutting-edge technology, with plans to deploy driverless electric trains across the network.

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Such innovation not only promises efficiency but also underscores Iraq’s embrace of modernity and sustainable transportation solutions.

Both projects are structured under the “design, build, operate, maintain, finance, and transfer ownership (DBOMFT)” framework, offering investors a holistic engagement opportunity.

The inclusion of financing and ownership transfer provisions emphasizes the government’s commitment to fostering long-term partnerships with private investors.

This approach not only spreads financial risk but also incentivizes active involvement in project management and sustainability.

Investment portfolios for these ventures are available for acquisition at ID100,000,000 ($76,388) from the National Investment Commission, with a deadline set for March 12, 2024.

Prospective investors are required to submit bids, accompanied by comprehensive feasibility studies, by April 12, 2024.

This meticulous selection process ensures that stakeholders demonstrate a thorough understanding of project intricacies and commit to sustainable development practices.

The announcement of these international investment opportunities signals Iraq’s proactive stance in addressing critical infrastructure needs.

By engaging global investors, the nation seeks to leverage external expertise and capital to realize its vision of modern, efficient transportation systems.

Furthermore, these projects align with broader socioeconomic objectives, fostering economic growth, job creation, and enhanced connectivity across regions.

As Iraq embarks on this transformative journey, it invites international partners to join hands in shaping a future characterized by progress, innovation, and prosperity.

With metro rail projects poised to redefine urban landscapes and elevate quality of life, the investment call echoes a resounding invitation to contribute to Iraq’s sustainable development narrative.

In an era defined by interconnectedness and shared aspirations, the opportunity to participate in Iraq’s metro rail projects extends far beyond financial gain—it embodies a commitment to shaping a brighter, more inclusive future for generations to come.

 

This article was created using automation technology and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

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