The local Manateq is planning to tender and award the first major infrastructure packages for its three planned economic zone projects by the end of 2014, MEED’s Qatar Projects 2014 has been told.

Speaking at the MEED event, Fahad al-Kaabi, CEO of Manateq, said the initial infrastructure packages on its economic zone projects would be tendered shortly and he expected the contracts to be awarded before the end of 2014.

Manateq, formerly known as the Economic Zones Company, is developing three major new economic zones at different locations, which will focus on logistics, and air freight facilities and companies.

Al-Kaabi said two international consultants had finished the concept masterplans for the developments and that detailed designs would be completed in the “next few months”.

The economic zones include a 34-square-kilometre zone at Um-Alhoul, which adjoins the new port project, just south of Wakrah, which will target companies from the petrochemical sectors through to maritime operations and logistics.

A second smaller project, Ras Bufontas, will be located next to the new airport, and will cover a total area of 4 sq km. This zone is aimed to attract air freight and logistics companies.

The third zone will be located just south of the current Doha Industrial area.