DOHA: The Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning has announced that it will soon begin allotting plots of land in the New Industrial Area for warehousing purposes.
Business circles that have long been battling a severe shortage of warehousing facilities amid rising imports and a booming economy have welcomed the move.
“It (the ministry’s land allotment move) will take care of the trade and industry’s immediate needs for warehousing facilities,” real estate expert, Khalifa Al Muslemani said.
Each plot will admeasure 1,000 square metres and those who are leased plots will be allowed to build warehouses for the purpose for which they have applied.
Some 900 such plots will be allotted to those eligible in a “transparent manner on first-come-first-served basis”, a ministry official in charge of the allotment process said.
“Only those shop and company owners who have applied for plots online specifying the purpose for which they need a warehouse will get plots,” said Mansoor Abdullah Al Mahmoud.
Al Mahmoud, who heads a supervisory committee of the ministry for the Industrial Area, said permission will be given to build warehouses on these plots for different purposes.
He said this was the third time the ministry will allot plots in the New Industrial Area for various purposes.
The plots are in Birka Al Awamir area, which has been developed and has all basic facilities and services.
“Allotments are being made following directives of the Minister of Municipality and Urban Planning H E Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Khalifa Al Thani to allot plots for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), labour camps and warehouses in the Industrial Area,” Al Mahmoud added.
The idea is to encourage industrial and business development.
“Allotments are going to end here.
“There will be more such allotments in the future,” Al Mahmoud said.
According to Al Mahmoud, applicants should approach the ministry’s service section in the Industrial Area with required documents.
Apart from routine documents like commercial licence and registration, applicants must produce proof that they have been importing products for the past three years that need warehousing facilities.
An announcement inserted by the ministry in local Arabic dailies yesterday said enquiries about allotments can be made on telephone number 44266666 or through email (email@example.com). When contacted, Al Muslemani told this newspaper that allotments of plots for warehouses are part of a deal earlier reached between the Qatar Chamber, the representative body of the private sector, and the ministry.
When told that these were small plots for warehouses, he said they should take care of the immediate need for warehousing facilities in the country in these times of shortages amid economic boom.The Peninsula