Qatar sees huge hike in abandoned cars

Doha Municipality reports 791% rise in unclaimed vehicles in Jan. 09 compared with Jan. 08.

Doha has seen a 791 percent increase in the number of cars being abandoned on its streets and outskirts, it was reported on Sunday.The city’s municipality has revealed that in January this year 1,448 vehicles were deemed to be left unclaimed.

This is a huge hike on the 183 found abandoned in January 2008, according to local Arabic daily Arrayah and reported in Qatar daily Gulf Times.

A designated yard for abandoned vehicles was full to capacity, director of Doha Municipality, Ibrahim Al Malky told the newspaper.

“There is practically no space left because vehicles are already stockpiled one over the other,” he revealed.

There was an urgent need for a coordinated effort to allocate a new areas for the cars, Al Malky added.

No reason for the increase was given.

However, the findings come a week after Dubai’s authorities denied that it was seeing more cars abandoned at the airport as a result of expatriates fleeing the UAE on the back of the economic crisis. Only 11 cars had been left at Dubai International Airport in over a year, confirmed lieutenant general Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, chief of the Dubai police department .Clarification on the number of abandoned cars came after repeated local and international media reports that the figure had hit 3,000.

The municipal officials in Doha dealing with public hygiene and cleanliness periodically monitor the number vehicles found abandoned on the city streets.

They place stickers on such vehicles and photographs are taken and forwarded to the public cleanliness department which is responsible for removing them to the junkyard.

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Posted by: Jane

Just curious to know, say 20 years back, if car owner has just left his car near his residence without using it for months, then the cops put a black X on the glass. After sometime the car had disappeard. My friend did nothing about it since there was no resale for that old car. For this 20 years he did not receive any problems, no violations, not a word on this car. To his surprise when he resigned and went for his Exit permit and Visa cancellation, the Immigration stopped him and said he cannot leave the country till he submits his licence plate of that car. The person was shocked to hear that. How is he going to get this licence plate after 20 long years with no problems atall happening in those years against that car. He does not even know the licence plate number.
Any solutions to it?


Posted by: James

These cars will be put on a cheap sale. First come first served. Lets say, 100 Qatari Real for a saloon, 150 QR for a 4x4. If this new policy was adopted there would be no more cars piled up in the compound and lots of drivers would be happy with their new purchase. Come on, be generous. Give a car...

Posted by: Muhammed Azeem

Hello friends The legal actions will start regarding the abandoned assets only after confirming that, it has been abandoned. This requires a period of six months to reach as an analytical data to the higher authorities. So Mr. Dhahi Khalfan is right, may he he might have received the official data for the 11 cars, so please stop pulling his legs.

Posted by: Hernandez

The better question is whether more than 11 cars have been abandoned just outside the airport in Dubai or throughout the emirate altogether. Also, I would imagine that many of the "abandoned" cars in Qatar are wrecks or cars that have gone into disuse, and not victims of an economic crisis. I don't think the numbers or cases are specific enough on either side here. It makes no use to argue the point.

Posted by: ali

guys i think you are missing the point here , qatar have only ONE airport , not like the UAE - again if a person have no money will he/she take a budget airline or pay doubel the amount for a oen way ticket , i would to know who many cars have been left in Sharjah , and i do Belive the 11 car number in Dubai , please compare Apples with apples - country with country then figure things out .

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