Qatar witnessed a robust 7% month-on-month expansion in the building permits issued this January, indicating strong growth prospects for the country's construction sector and its allied segments, according to the official estimates.
Al Daayen, Wakrah and Doha outpaced the national growth in the building permits issued in January 2020, revealed the data released by the Planning and Statistics Authority (PSA). Qatar saw as many as 696 building permits issued in January this year.
On geographical basis, Al Rayyan saw 196 building permits issued or 28% of the total, Doha 151 (22%), Wakrah 133 (19%), Al Daayen 122 (18%), Umm Slal 30 (4%), Al Khor 28 (4%), Al Shahaniya 20 (3%), and Al Shamal 16 (2%).
On a monthly basis, Al Daayen witnessed 28% surge, Al Wakrah (10%), and Doha and Al Rayyan (9% each); whereas Umm Slal reported 41% plunge and Al Shahaniya (9%). Al Shamal treaded a flat path.
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 52% (363 permits) of the total building permits issued in January 2020, while additions constituted 45% (316 permits), and fencing 2% (17 permits).
Of the new residential buildings permits, PSA found that villas’ topped the list, accounting for 73% (209 permits) of all new residential buildings permits, dwellings of housing loans 19% (53 permits) and apartments 7% (20 permits).
Among non-residential buildings, commercial structures accounted for 52% or 40 permits, industrial buildings (workshops and factories) 18% (14 permits) and public buildings 18% (15 permits).
Qatar saw a total of 3337 building completion certificates issued in January this year, of which 194 was for the residential buildings, 41 for non-residential and 102 for additions.
Al Rayyan municipality topped with 96 certificates (28% of the total), Doha 80 (24%), Al Daayen 52 (15%), Wakrah 46 (14%), Umm Slal 23 (7%), Al Khor 17 (5%), Al Shamal 12 (4%) and Al Shahaniya 11 (3%).
The overall building completion certificates issued witnessed a 1% fall month-on-month with Wakrah and Al Shamal plunging 37% each and Al Shahaniya 15%; whereas Al Khor saw more than doubling of certificates issued, Umm Slal grew 35%, Doha 18%, Al Rayyan 4% and Al Daayen 2%.
Of the 194 residential buildings completion certificates issued, as many as 118 were for villas, 54 for the dwellings of housing loans, 14 for apartments and eight for other residential buildings.
Of the 118 villas completion certificates issued in January 2020, as many as 32 were in Al Rayyan, 22 in Al Daayen, 21 in Doha, 14 in Wakrah, 9 each in Al Shamal and Al Khor, and one in Al Shahaniya.
Of the 54 dwellings of housing loans completion certificates issued, Al Rayyan saw 32, Al Daayen 9, Wakrah 7, Umm Slal 3, Doha 2 and Al Shamal 1.