Five new hotels and apartment-hotels are expected to be built in the under-construction special economic zone near Hamad International Airport (HIA).
These will collectively provide at least 670 rooms in 3- and 4- star facilities that do not have alcohol licenses, according to tender notices published today in the Gulf Times.
Currently, plans are afoot to build three special economic zones (SEZs) in Qatar. There are located at Ras Bu Fontas, by the airport; in Al Karana, south of the Industrial Area; and at Um Alhoul near Mesaieed.
The zones will specialize in different sectors and are being developed by by Manateq. The organization, set up by the government in 2011, will also run and maintain them.
The new hotels will be in the Ras Bu Fontas zone, which at 4.01 square km is the smallest of the three sites.
It will be a hub for businesses specializing in technology, business services, logistics, advanced manufacturing, and healthcare and medical devices.