Qatar witnessed a sharp double-digit month-on-month decline in the number of building permits issued in June this year, mainly owing to the seasonality and Eid holidays, according to the official statistics.
Al Rayyan and Doha together constituted 50% of the total 463 building permits issued in Qatar in June 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 125 permits or 27% of the total issued permits, Doha 107 (23%), Al Wakra 78 (17%), Al Daayen 68 (15%), Umm Slal 36 (8%), Al Khor 24 (5%), Al Shahaniya 19 (4%), and Al Shamal 6 (1%).
On a month-on-month basis, total number of permits issued in the country witnessed a 30% fall in June 2019 with Al Shahaniya registering 51% plunge, Al Rayyan (32%), Al Daayen (30%) and Al Wakra (28%).
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 55% (253 permits) of the total building permits issued in June this year, while additions constituted 44% (202 permits), and fencing 2% (eight permits).
Of the new residential buildings permits, PSA found that villas’ topped the list, accounting for 69% (143 permits) of all new residential buildings permits, dwellings of housing loans 19% (39 permits) and apartments 10% (20 permits).
Commercial buildings were found to be in the forefront of non-residential buildings permits with 43% (20 permits), followed by government buildings 26% (12 permits) and mosques 15% (seven permits).
Qatar witnessed a total of 277 building completion certificates issued in May, of which 182 was for residential buildings, 14 for non-residential and 81 for additions.
Total building completion certificate issued witnessed 26% decline with Al Shamal registering 75% plunge, Doha (52%), Al Shahaniya (44%), Al Rayyan (21%), Al Daayen (18%), Wakra (15%) and Umm Slal (4%); while Al Khor reported 55% surge in the review period.
Of the 182 residential buildings completion certificates issued, as many as 120 were for villas, 47 for dwellings of housing loans, 14 for apartments and one for others.
During June, Al Rayyan issued as many as 100 building completion certificates or 36% of the total, Al Daayen 45 (16%), Doha 42 (15%), Al Wakra 40 (14%), Umm Slal 1212 (8%), Al Khor 17 (6%), Al Shahaniya 9 (3%) and Al Shamal 2 (1%).
Of the 120 villas completion certificates issued, as many as 34 were in Al Daayen, 32 in Al Rayyan, 16 in Doha, 13 in Al Wakra, 12 each in Umm Slal and Al Khor and 1 in Al Shamal.
Of the 47 dwellings of housing loans completion certificates issued, Al Rayyan received as many as 22 certificates; Al Wakra (15); Al Daayen (5); Umm Slal (2); and Doha, Al Khor and Al Shahaniya (one each).