Aided by double-digit expansion in the building permits issued by Al Daayen, Umm Slal and Al Shamal, Qatar witnessed a 4% growth month-on-month in total permits issued in April this year, according to official statistics.

Al Rayan, Doha and Al Wakrah together constituted 67% of the total 743 building permits issued in Qatar in April this year, said the statistics revealed by the Planning and Statistics Authority (PSA).

On geographical basis, the PSA found that Al Rayyan remained atop the municipalities where the number of building permits issued were 206, or 28% of the total issued permits; Doha 150 (20%); Al Wakrah 140 (19%); Al Daayen 111 (15%); Umm Slal 63 (8%); Al Shahaniya 32 (4%); Al Khor 26 (4%); and Al Shamal 14 (2%).

On a month-on-month basis, total number of permits issued in the country witnessed a robust 4% growth in April this year with Al Daayen registering 32% growth, Umm Slal and Al Shamal (17% each), Al Wakrah (8%) and Doha (3%); whereas those in Al Rayyan declined 3%, Al Shahaniya (9%) and Al Khor (35%).

The 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) constituted 54% (402 permits) of the total building permits issued in April this year, while additions constituted 44% (326 permits), and fencing 2% (15 permits).

Of the new residential buildings permits, PSA found that villas’ topped the list, accounting for 76% (269 permits) of all new residential buildings permits, dwellings of housing loans 14% (50 permits) and apartments 7% (24 permits).

Commercial buildings were found to be in the forefront of non-residential buildings permits with 44% (22 permits), followed by government buildings 22% (11 permits) and industrial buildings as workshops and factories 18% (9 permits).

Qatar witnessed a total of 340 building completion certificates issued in April, of which 227 was for residential buildings, 33 for non-residential and 80 for additions.

Of the 221 residential buildings completion certificates issued, as many as 152 were for villas, 59 for dwellings of housing loans, 12 for apartments and four for others.

During April, Al Rayyan issued as many as 104 building completion certificates or 31% of the total, Doha 60 (18%), Al Wakrah 59 (17%), Al Daayen 49 (14%), Umm Slal 25 (7%), Al Khor 18 (5%), Al Shamal 13 (4%) and Al Shahaniya 12 (4%).

Of the 152 villas completion certificates issued, as many as 47 were in Al Rayyan, 35 in Al Daayen, 24 in Al Wakrah, 14 in Doha, 13 in Umm Slal, 10 in Al Shamal, seven in Al Khor and two in Al Shahaniya.

Of the 74 dwellings of housing loans completion certificates issued, Al Wakrah received as many as 23 certificates, followed by Al Rayyan (20), Al Daayen (six), Doha (four), Umm Slal (four), Doha (three), Al Shahaniya (two) and Al Khor (one).