Doha: Commercial plots available for allotment

The Ministry of Economy and Commerce is accepting applications for commercial plots of land available to SMEs – located in one of Qatar’s biggest industrial and logistics projects.

Commercial plots of land have become available for SMEs (image for illustrative purposes only).
Commercial plots of land have become available for SMEs (image for illustrative purposes only).

Commercial plots of land in one of Qatar’s biggest industrial and logistics projects are up for grabs.

The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has begun to accept applications online for the allotment of plots located in three places: Southern Al Wakra, Birkat Al Awamir, and Aba Salil.

Designed to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the plots will be used for the establishment of warehousing facilities for cars, assembly units, cold storages, shops and showrooms, commercial offices, labour camps, workshops, service centres, and depots. The plots will be charged out at a nominal fee of QAR40 per sqm annually.

The projects include green spaces, trees, roads, sanitation, sewage, accommodation for labourers, centres for Civil Defence, parking for trucks and trailers, mosques, parking lots, and plots of land for supermarkets, according to The Peninsula.

Smaller companies will be allotted plots measuring 1,000m² to 2,000m² while medium-sized companies will be eligible to apply for plots of areas of 2,000m² to 67,000m² .

The logistics committee of Qatar's Ministry of Economy and Commerce said that applications from companies holding commercial registrations (CRs) for land allotment can be made through the website www.manateq.qa.

To ensure a successful submission, the application form must be filled in, also specifying the size of the plot required. The required documents (including a clear business plan for which the land is being sought) must be attached, as well as indicating agreement to the terms and conditions of the lease. Once submitted, the applicant will receive a message saying that the application has been successfully submitted.

However, note must be made that this in no way indicates that the application has been accepted and that the required criteria has been met for the application.

Eligibility and allotment will be decided by specialists appointed for the purpose, who will study the applications and it is they who will decide the outcome.

A bank guarantee based on the size of the plot of land applied for must also be supplied in the application process. In the event that the plots of land available for allotment in each category (there are six categories) number less than the applications, the allotment will be decided through pubic lottery.

Aside from the lottery winner, two more nominees will be shortlisted as reserves for a plot in question. The winners will be announced through the media.

Lease contracts will last for 30 years, and the deadline for applications is midday on 9 November, 2015.
 

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