In a bid to interpret the economic reform document and implement the Ministerial Council’s decision to increase charges for utilizing State properties, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and acting Minister of Oil Anas Al- Saleh issued a decision to amend the list of fees for utilizing and benefiting from properties owned by the State and its services. The increase in some sectors reached 300 percent in order to cope with the latest changes including the rent for land and plots. Decision number 40/2016 states that the new list of charges will come into effect from April 2017, apart from the service charges which will be implemented on Sunday.
According to the list, the rent of for agricultural plot increased to KD 65.5 annually for every 10,000 square meters instead of KD 65 for every 50,000 square meters; livestock plots increased to KD 32.5 for every 10,000 square meters; plant nurseries increased to KD 6.5 for every square meter, whereas veterinary clinics and hospitals increased to KD 1.250 per square meter. Plots used for contracting work and grain stocking increased to KD 3 per square meter, and storage for tools and accommodations for workers increased to KD 2.250
The decision stated that the rent for canteen locations inside market complexes and commercial plots increased to KD 85.5 per square meter, and fees for nongovernmental and public utilities organizations increased to KD 0.250 per square meter; sports club locations and unions increased to KD 29.5 per 10,000 square meters, whereas charges for administration plots increased to KD 29.5; plots for investment, banks and insurance companies (KD 88.5) per square meter, and the increase of sublet charges by 30 percent of the annual investment contract value.
The list included charges of chalets, workshops and service areas in Khairan and free trade zone and others, in which the cost of a square meter in chalet on the coastline increased to KD 1,000 with surrendering the right of utilizing the first line of the seafront, and KD 500 per square meter along the front side of the coastline, whereas the fee for petrol station increased to KD 3 per square meter, and car wash station increased to KD 14.5 per square meter.
A square meter in cooperative society and supermarket remained at KD 3.5, supplies branch of the cooperative society KD 1; storage area KD 0.750; gas branch KD 0.120; cooperative society’s administration KD 1; slaughter houses KD 0.750; private hospitals in the Capital Governorate and Hawally KD 8.5, and in the remaining governorates KD 5.2, schools and private universities in the Capital and Hawally KD 7.750 for every first 6,000 square meters and 400 fils for space after that, and KD 4.750 in the remaining governorates.
Source: Arab Times