Qatar has issued 719 building permits in September, the bulk of which were in Al Wakrah which constituted 25% of the total, according to official statistics.
On geographical basis, the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics (MDPS) found that municipality of Al Wakrah witnessed 116 permits or 25% of the total issued permits, followed by Doha 95 (20%), Al Daayen 94 permits (20%), Rayyan 87 (18%), Umm Slal 27 (6%), Al Khor and Al Shahaniya 20 (4%) each, and Al Shamal 13 (3%).
The number of permits issued in September 2017 witnessed a 34% decline year-on-year due to the seasonality as well as Eid al-Adha holidays, lasting for 10 days when all building permits services rendered by official agencies came to halt.
This decrease was clearly noted in municipalities Rayyan (55%), Umm Slal (46%), Doha (41%), Al Khor (33%), Al Daayen (32%), Wakrah (1%)' whereas there was an increase in the municipalities of Al Shahaniya (25%) and Al Shamal (8%).
Building permits data is of particular importance as it is considered an indicator for the performance of the construction sector which in turn occupies a significant position in the national economy. In terms of type of permits issued, data indicates that the new building permits (residential and non-residential) constitutes 53% (250 permits) of the total building permits issued during September 2017, while additions permits constituted 44% (210 permits), and fencing 3% (12 permits).
Of the new residential buildings permits, 'dwellings of housing loans' permits topped the list, accounting for 47% (98 permits), followed by villas’ 43% (90 permits) and apartments buildings 7% (14 permits).
Commercial buildings were found to be in the forefront of non-residential buildings permits with 48% (20 permits), followed by industrial buildings as workshops and factories 31% (13 permits), governmental buildings 12% (5 permits) and mosques 10% (4 permits).