Qatar witnessed a seasonal lull in the construction sector in August in view of holidays with it reporting a 41% month-on-month fall in the new building permits issued in August 2019, according to the official figures.
Al Rayyan, Doha and Wakrah together constituted 68% of the total 415 building permits issued in August this year, the Planning and Statistics Authority (PSA) said.
On geographical basis, the PSA found that Al Rayyan remained atop the municipalities as it saw 115 building permits issued or 28% of the total, Doha and Al Wakrah 85 (20% each), Al Daayen 58 (14%), Umm Slal 32 (8%), Al Khor 17 (4%), Al Shahaniya 14 (3%), and Al Shamal 9 (2%).
On a monthly basis, total number of permits issued witnessed a 41% decline in August 2019 with Al Khor registering a 56% plunge, Al Shahaniya (55%), Umm Slal (45%), Doha (44%), Al Shamal (40%), AL Rayyan (39%), Wakrah (35%) and Al Daayen (32%).
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.
The PSA data indicates that the new building permits (residential and non-residential) constituted 48% (198 permits) of the total building permits issued in August 2019, while additions constituted 50% (208 permits), and fencing 2% (nine permits).
Of the new residential buildings permits, PSA found that villas’ topped the list, accounting for 72% (118 permits) of all new residential buildings permits, dwellings of housing loans 19% (31 permits) and apartments 5% (nine permits).
Among non-residential buildings, commercial structures accounted for 48% or 16 permits, governmental buildings 21% (seven permits), and mosques and industrial buildings five each.
Qatar saw a total of 257 building completion certificates issued in August, of which 177 was for residential buildings, 18 for non-residential and 62 for additions.
Total building completion certificate issued witnessed 33% decline month-on-month with Al Rayyan reporting 46% slump, Al Shahaniya (44%), Wakrah (40%), Doha (38%), Umm Slal (30%), Al Shamal (29%) and Al Khor (9%); while Al Daayen saw an 11% increase.
Of the 177 residential buildings completion certificates issued, as many as 99 or 56% were for villas, 60 (34%) for dwellings of housing loans and 15 (8%) for apartments.
Al Rayyan issued as many as 67 building completion certificates or 26% of the total, Al Daayen 59 (23%), Wakrah 49 (19%), Doha 46 (18%), Umm Slal 16 (6%), Al Khor 10 (4%), and Al Shahaniya and Al Shamal 5 (2% each).
Of the 99 villas completion certificates issued, as many as 33 were in Al Daayen, 19 in Wakrah, 17 in Al Rayyan, 10 in Doha, nine in Umm Slal, eight in Al Khor and two each in Al Shamal and Al Shahaniya.
Of the 60 dwellings of housing loans completion certificates issued, Al Rayyan saw 27, Wakrah (18), Al Daayen (11), Doha (three) and Al Shahaniya (one).
Doha witnessed nine apartment completion certificates issued, Al Daayen (five) and Wakrah (one).