Aerial ropeway system - feasibility study in Doha, Qatar
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Aerial ropeway systems, also called gondolas and aerial cable cars, are amongst driverless transportation modes, which are progressively drawing attention in promoting tourism. Aerial ropeway systems have been operated in touristic spots (e.g., over lakes, rivers, and hilly lands) in several countries. Passengers can enjoy a view from above and experience a stress-free and reliable trip. Furthermore, those systems can be exploited as public transportation in urbanized and populated regions. The objective of this article is to investigate the viability of implementing a gondola line over Doha Bay in Qatar as a tourist attraction from marketing, economic, and environmental points of view. In this study, the associated costs (capital, maintenance, and operating) of implementing a monocable detachable gondola technology (MDG) are estimated using international best practices.The economic analysis outcome demonstrates that the revenues generated from fares could offset the required capital investment as well as operating and maintenance costs and hence the proposed gondola could be economically attractive for investors. Moreover, no significant negative impacts and footprint on the environment are anticipated at the exploitation phase of the gondola.
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