Ministry nod for three free trade zones

May 29, 2014 - 3:43:42 am

DOHA: The Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning has eventually approved plans to establish the three free trade zones (FTZs) that are being talked about for a long time. However, a new location is being discussed for one of the FTZs which was originally planned to be set up south of Doha’s Industrial Area.  There is now a proposal to build this FTZ near Al Karana Industrial Area.

Details suggest that the first FTZ will have an area of 5.1 sq km and it will be located near Hamad International Airport (HIA).

Being close to the airport, this FTZ would house support industries and supply services for aviation, cargo services and food processing units, among others.

The second FTZ which is being suggested to be shifted close to Al Karana Industrial Area will have an area of 11.9 sq km. The third and the last FTZ is proposed to be of 37 sq km and is to be located near the upcoming New Doha Port in south of Al Wakra. This FTZ will support automobile assembly units in addition to boasting petrochemical and several downstream industries.

This was disclosed by a senior official of the Urban Planning Department of the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning, Noora Al Suwaidi.

She told in a presentation at the Central Municipal Council (CMC) on Qatar’s urban Masterplan, that the FTZ plans had been approved by the ministry. Two massive industrial zones were being planned for setting up warehousing facilities.

One such area will have 125 plots to build warehousing facilities and each plot will have an area of 1,500 sq metres, while the other area will be spread over a million sq metres. This industrial area will have 900 plots for warehousing, each measuring 1,000 sq metres, she said. Al Suwaidi also talked of three new central markets that are proposed. Each market will have an area of 60,000 sq metres, she told the CMC.

Besides, plans are afoot to have a massive livestock market and several slaughter houses, said the official. She said that the above projects were part of urban development plans for Qatar until the year 2032. She also talked of how Qatar was envisioning to attract only the highly skilled expatriate workforce in future and how, through a modern development plan, Qatar would like to emerge as a country to reckon with on the global stage The Peninsula

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