The capital city Doha witnessed a strong 17% monthly growth in new building permits issued in February 2020, which otherwise witnessed a 5% fall nationally, according to official estimates.
The Planning and Statistics Authority figures suggest that the total number of new building permits issued stood at 364, of which 27%, or 177, was in Doha; followed by Al Rayyan (169 or 25%), Wakrah (126 or 19%), Al Daayen (102 or 15%), Umm Slal (43 or 6%), Al Khor (20 or 3%), Al Shahaniya (16 or 2%) and Al Shamal (11 or 2%).
On a monthly basis, the national level saw a 5% fall; while it was 31% in Al Shamal, 29% in Al Khor, 20% in Al Shahaniya, 16% in Al Daayen, 14% in Al Rayyan and 5% in Wakrah; whereas there was a clear increase of 43% and 17% increase in the new building permits issued in Umm Slal and Doha.
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 55% (364 permits) of the total building permits issued in February 2020, while additions constituted 43% (283 permits), and fencing 3% (17 permits).
Of the new residential buildings permits, the PSA found that villas’ topped the list, accounting for 79% (230 permits) of all new residential buildings permits, dwellings of housing loans 11% (31 permits) and apartments 8% (23 permits).
Among non-residential buildings, commercial structures accounted for 35% or 25 permits, government buildings 25% or 18 permits and industrial buildings (workshops and factories) 23% or 16 permits.
Qatar saw a total of 288 building completion certificates issued in February this year, of which 182 was for the residential buildings, 27 for non-residential and 79 for additions.
Al Rayyan municipality topped with 82 certificates (28% of the total), Wakrah 58 (20%), Al Daayen 50 (17%), Doha 45 (16%), Umm Slal 29 (10%), Al Shahaniya 12 (4%), and Al Shamal and Al Khor six (2% each).
The overall building completion certificates issued witnessed a 15% plunge month-on-month with Al Khor plummeting 65%, Al Shamal (50%), Doha (44%), Al Rayyan (15%) and Al Daayen (4%); while Umm Slal and Wakra witnessed 26% jump each and Al Shahaniya (9%).
Of the 194 residential buildings completion certificates issued, as many as 112 were for villas, 54 for the dwellings of housing loans and 14 for apartments.
Of the 112 villas completion certificates issued in February 2020, as many as 31 were in Al Daayen, 28 in Al Rayyan, 20 in Wakrah, 13 in Doha, nine in Umm Slal, four each in Al Khor and Al Shamal, and three in Al Shahaniya.
Of the 54 dwellings of housing loans completion certificates issued, Al Rayyan saw 21, Wakrah 20, Umm Slal 8 and Al Daayen 3.
In the case of apartments, Doha saw nine completion certificates issued; two in Al Daayen and one each in Wakrah, Umm Slal and Al Shahaniya.