Qatar Rail has announced that it has opened registration to occupy commercial spaces available at Doha Metro stations.
The registration is open for retail spaces available at Red Line stations from Al Wakrah to Al Qassar (total of 13 stations), comprising 86 retail units. In addition to the retail outlets, stations will also include dedicated spaces for 46 ATMs and 27 vending machines to serve Metro users and neighbourhood customers, Qatar Rail has said in a statement.
With over 9,200sqm of retail space across 37 stations overall, these outlets are considered the “first of their kind” in Qatar as they provide business access to railway commuters and neighbourhood customers, the statement notes.
The online registration is open from today until November 30.
Abdulla Abdulaziz al-Subaie, Qatar Rail’s MD & CEO, said: “The Doha Metro project is a comprehensive development project and will change the transport landscape in Qatar. Metro stations will not only attract commuters but also residents of surrounding areas. This initiative comes as part of our strategies to further enhance transit ridership, non-fare revenue, support small and medium enterprises and induce economic growth.
“We are opening the registration process for retail units available at Doha Metro Red Line stations. After the registration is concluded, all applications will go through a comprehensive review and selection will be made based on experience and proposed business plan. Other factors that will be taken in consideration include store concept and the nature of the activity as we aim to achieve diversity and integration between the various retail outlets to better service our customers and metro commuters.”
The transit stations provide “constant, significant footfall and are premium locations for retail outlets”, the statement adds. The stations will offer four main types of retail - including services, food and beverage, convenience stores and general retail.
Applications for the retail spaces can be submitted via Qatar Rail’s online retail portal at retail.qr.com.qa
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