The prospects for the construction sector appears to be robust especially in Umm Slal, Al Khor and Shahaniya as they witnessed a robust double-digit month-on-month increase in the number of building permits issued this March, according to the official estimates.
In its latest figures, the Planning and Statistics Authority (PSA) also found that there was a substantial increase in the building completion certificates issued, especially in Al Khor, Al Shamal, Al Shahaniya and Doha.
The PSA figures suggest that the total number of new building permits issued stood at 637, of which Al Rayyan constituted 24% or 152 permits, Doha (20% or 130), Wakrah (20% or 126), Al Daayen (14% or 90), Umm Slal (12% or 72), Al Khor (5% or 32), Al Shahaniya (3% or 21) and Al Shamal (2% or 10).
On a monthly basis, at the national level, there was a 4% fall in the number of building permits issued against 72% surge in Umm Slal, 70% in Al Khor and 31% in Al Shahaniya. In the case of Doha, there was a 27% decline, followed by Al Daayen (12%), Al Rayyan (10%) and Al Shamal (9%).
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% (334 permits) of the total building permits issued in March 2020, while additions constituted 44% (280 permits) and fencing 4% (23 permits).
Of the new residential buildings permits, the PSA found that villas’ topped the list, accounting for 73% (174 permits) of all new residential buildings permits, dwellings of housing loans 17% (41 permits) and apartments 6% (15 permits).
Among non-residential buildings, commercial structures accounted for 57%, or 54 permits; industrial buildings (workshops and factories) 20%, or 19 permits; and government buildings 17%, or 16 permits.
Qatar saw a total of 375 building completion certificates issued in March this year, of which 282, or 75%, was for the new buildings (residential and non-residential) and 93, or 25% for additions.
Al Rayyan municipality topped with 110 certificates (29% of the total), Wakrah 80 (21%), Doha 68 (18%), Al Daayen 44 (12%), Umm Slal 24 (6%), Al Khor and Al Shahaniya 19 (5% each), and Al Shamal 11 (3%).
The overall building completion certificates issued witnessed an impressive 30% increase month-on-month with Al Khor reporting a more-than-tripled jump, Al Shamal (83% increase), Al Shahaniya (58%), Doha (51%), Wakrah (38%) and Al Rayyan (34%), while there was 17% and 12% declines in Umm Slal and Al Daayen.
Of the 228 residential buildings completion certificates issued, as many as 138, or 61%, were for villas; 65, or 29%, for the dwellings of housing loans; and 20, or 9%, for apartments.
Of the 138 villas completion certificates issued this March, as many as 42 were in Al Rayyan, 30 in Wakrah, 20 in Al Daayen, 15 in Doha, 10 each in Al Khor and Umm Slal, eight in Al Shamal and three in Al Shahaniya.
Of the 65 dwellings of housing loans completion certificates issued, Al Rayyan saw 29, Wakrah 12, Al Daayen 10, Umm Slal 7, Al Khor 3 and Doha and Al Shahaniya (2% each).
In the case of apartments, Doha saw as many as 14 completion certificates being issued; three in Wakrah, two in Al Daayen and one in Al Khor.