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CMC: Call to build more affordable high-rise apartments in Qatar

CMC: Call to build more affordable high-rise apartments in Qatar

With a growing demand for affordable housing units, CMC members have urged the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning (MMUP) to revoke the ban on high-rise apartments in the country.

According to a report in Gulf Times, most residential areas are not permitted to have high-rises due to the lack of infrastructural facilities. However, CMC members feel that since the prices of land have peaked over the years, it would be profitable to utilise the land to build a high-rise building rather than a two-storey residential villa.

Moreover, high-rise residential apartment buildings would also help eliminate the practice of illegally partitioned villas, which are preferred by middle-income expats due to their lower rents.

CMC members have called for strict measures to ban expatriate families from partitioning their independent residential units in an effort to reduce the pressure on public utilities such as water, electricity and parking spaces. Also, most partitions are made from gypsum or wood that are quite susceptible to fires.

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