Location: Ouargla | Algiers – Algeria
Year: 2010
Project: Tramway Stations In partnership with Mobil Concepts for Entreprise du Métro d’Alger – EMA
Designer: MEDITERAIL / ALSTOM Transport

Ouargla, a Berber city built on the site of a large oasis on the outskirts of the Sahara, is situated in a truly extraordinary location that makes it a real desert capital, as well as hosting a university and representing an important economic centre within the province.

It is in this unique context that Algeria’s fifth biggest tramway system is located; with a line of almost 10 km long, it connects the old city of El Ksar to the new one (Hai Nasr) crossing the entire city centre and joining the most important points on the outskirts of the city.

This complex project involved the construction of 16 stations comprising 32 shelters and completed by barriers, waste bins and information totems.

Its complexity was especially linked to that fact that high quality materials needed to be carefully selected to respond to the extreme climatic conditions found in the area, where temperatures can reach around 50°C in summer, and frequent sandstorms are common during the winter.

To ensure high standards and durability, the columns and beams are made of hot-galvanized and powder-coated steel, while the panels are in painted stainless steel, with laser-finished decorative elements and elegant red cedar finishes.