Qatar saw a total of 618 building permits issued in April this year with Al Rayyan, Doha and Al Wakrah together constituting about 65% of them, according to official figures.
However, building permits issued witnessed a 7% fall on a monthly basis with Al Shamal, Al Rayyan and Doha registering faster declines, the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics (MDPS) data revealed.
The MDPS data suggest villa construction has seen increased interests in Al Daayen, Al Rayyan and Umm Slal; whereas apartments were increasingly sought in Doha.
Of the 618 new building permits were issued in April, residential and non-residential accounted for 58% (359 permits), additions 39% (238 permits) and fencing 3% (21 permits).
Al Shamal witnessed the maximum monthly decline of 25% in the building permits issued in April 2017, Al Rayyan (18%, Doha (14%) and Al Daayen (1%); while Al Khor saw 18% increase, Umm Slal (7%) and Al Wakrah (1%). Al Shahaniya maintained a flat path.
According to geographical distribution (on absolute terms), MDPS found that Al Rayyan topped among the municipalities with 155 permits or 25% of the total, followed by Doha 135 (22%), Al Wakrah 110 (18%), Al Daayen 90 (15%), Umm Slal 60 (10%), Al Khor 39 (6%), Al Shamal 15 (2%) and Al Shahaniya 14 (2%).
MDPS found villas’ permits topped the list, accounting for 49% (146 permits) of all the new 298 new residential buildings permits, followed by ‘dwellings of housing loans’ 40% (120 permits) and apartments 9% (25 permits).
In April 2017, Al Wakrah saw 83 new residential permits, which comprised 17 permits for villas, 63 for ‘dwelling of housing loans’ and three apartments. Al Rayyan witnessed a total of 61 new residential permits issued, which included 35 permits for villas, 25 for ‘dwelling of housing loans’ and one apartment.
In the case of Al Daayen, there were a total of 56 new residential building permits, which consisted of 40 permits for villas, 15 for ‘dwelling of housing loans’ and one apartment. Umm Slal saw a total of 42 new building permits, which included 27 for villas, 11 for ‘dwelling of housing loans’, three others and one apartment.
The capital city Doha saw 28 new residential building permits in April, which consisted of 17 permits for apartments, nine for villas and one for ‘dwelling of housing loans’.
Al Shahaniya saw a total of 11 new building permits, which included five for ‘dwelling of housing loans’, four villas and two others. Al Khor witnessed 10 new building permits, which comprised eight for villas and two for apartments. In the case of Al Shamal, there were a total of seven building permits issued, of which six went for villas.
Industrial buildings (workshops and factories) were found to be in the forefront among 61 non-residential building permits issued in April with them accounting for 38% or 23 permits, followed by commercial buildings and mosques 26% each (16 permits) and government buildings 5% (3 permits).
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