Under the directives of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, the Sharjah Executive Council issued Order No. 9 of 2004 for leasing out government lands and areas in Sharjah.
The order said that the Sharjah Town Planning and Survey Directorate would be the body concerned to lease out these lands and would supervise signing contracts between landlords and beneficiaries.
Commenting on the step, Dr Obaid Al Tunaiji, Director-General of the Sharjah Town Planning and Survey Directorate, said that the step would facilitate the leasing process and preserve rights of landlords and beneficiaries.
The step comes in line with the government’s initiative to regulate the process of using government lands and areas, he said, adding that the directorate would coordinate with the concerned government departments to facilitate the process.
Salah bin Batti, Director of the Public Services Department, said that leasing these lands would help contractors who are in need of more lands around the project that they execute. “Contractors sometimes need to use more lands around the construction sites. These areas could be leased out to them under the supervision of the directorate,” he said.
The order said the government lands and the lands that were granted by the government to beneficiaries should not be used without the government’s approval and offenders would be subjected to legal action. According to the order, beneficiaries are prohibited from constructing any facilities on these lands or using them for financial purposes.
The directorate would also determine the period during which these lands would be leased out due to a set of specifications including the volume of the project, the materials used, added to that, the technical and engineering aspects of the project.The revenues generated by these lands would be collected by the directorate, which would deposit the funds in bank accounts under the supervision of the Sharjah Central Financial Directorate.
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