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New affordable hotels & hotel apartments to come up near HIA

Five new hotels and apartment hotels are likely to be built in the under-construction Special Economic Zone (SEZ) near Hamad International Airport (HIA).

All these will totally offer at least 670 rooms in three and four star facilities that do not have alcohol licenses, based on tender notices.
At present, plans are on to build three SEZs in Qatar at Ras Bu Fontas adjacent to the airport, Al Karana, south of Industrial Area and at Um Alhoul near Mesaieed. The zones will specialize in various sectors like technology, business services, manufacturing, healthcare and medical devices. These are being developed by Manateq, an organization established by the government in 2011.

Further, the facilities in this zone includes showrooms and retail space for duty-free shopping, hospitality, public spaces, service hubs, and assigned land for labour accommodation. As is the case with other zones, Manateq will also offer ‘one-stop-shop’ facilities to make it easier and more attractive for international businesses to establish onsite. On the whole, Manateq plans to create a mini-tourism district within the zone, so as to offer an affordable accommodation to visitors in future.

At present, majority of Qatar’s hotels cater to the luxury market. Two separate packages are on the offer. The first is for development of three apartment hotels (e or 4 star rated) with no alcohol being served.  The buildings would be on three separate sites, with each having a minimum of 100 apartments.

Meanwhile, a separate notice has been issued inviting firms to bid for two four-star business hotels with minimum 185 guestrooms each.

Manateq is on the hunt for companies that not only designs, but also builds the hotels and apartment hotels, and part-finance and run them. The deadline for submission of initial applications is 8th November.

Special Economic Zones are basically established by governments to provide opportunities for foreign investment, create jobs, and boost trade. The project also forms part of Qatar’s economic diversification plans to attract more international companies to do business in the country.

Posted on 4/10/2016

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