Qatar's three municipalities -- Al Daayen, Wakra and Al Rayyan continued to have improved outlook for the construction sector in October; even as the overall building permits issued in the country declined against that in the previous month, according to the official statistics.

In its latest data, the Planning and Statistics Authority (PSA) also found that the building completion certificates issued witnessed a slowdown month-on-month in the review period.

The PSA figures suggest the total number of new building permits issued were 731, of which Al Rayyan constituted 27% or 196 permits, Al Daayen (21% or 157), Wakra (19% or 138), Doha (18% or 132), Umm Slal (6% or 42), Al Khor (4% or 32), Al Shahaniya (3% or 20) and Al Shamal (2% or 14).

On a monthly basis, at the national level, the number of building permits issued fell 3% with Al Khor witnessed 30% plunge, Umm Slal (28%), Doha (22%), Al Shahaniya (20%) and Al Shamal (13%); whereas Al Daayen saw 15% growth, Wakra (11%) and Al Rayan (8%).

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 47% (342 permits) of the total building permits issued this October, additions 50% (368 permits) and fencing 3% (21 permits).

Of the new residential buildings permits, villas topped the list, accounting for 76% (187 permits) of the total, dwellings of housing loans 14% (34 permits) and apartments 10% (24 permits).

Among non-residential sector, commercial structures accounted for 51% or 49 permits, government buildings 22% (21 permits) and the industrial buildings as workshops and factories 18% (17 permits).

Qatar saw a total of 350 building completion certificates issued this October, of which 246 or 70% was for the new buildings (residential and non-residential) and 104 or 30% for additions.

The PSA figures suggest that of the total number of new building permits issued in October this year, Al Rayyan constituted 26% or 92 permits, Wakra (23% or 79), Doha (16% or 57), Al Daayen (15% or 51), Umm Slal (11% or 37), Al Shamal (3% or 12), Al Shahaniya and Al Khor (3% or 11 each).

The overall building completion certificates issued saw a 5% decline month-on-month in October 2020 with Al Shahaniya registering 35% contraction, Al Khor (31%), Al Rayyan (17%), Wakra (10%) and Al Daayen (6%); while Al Shamal witnessed three-fold jump in completion certificates issued, Umm Slal (61% growth) and Doha (4%).

Of the 223 residential buildings completion certificates issued, as many as 129 or 58% were for villas, 78 or 35% for dwellings of housing loans and 10 or 4% for apartments.

Of the 129 villas completion certificates issued this October, as many as 29 were in Al Rayyan, 28 in Wakra, 23 Al Daayen, 18 in Umm Slal, 13 in Doha, nine in Al Shamal, seven in Al Khor and two in Al Shahaniya.

Of the 78 dwellings of housing loans completion certificates issued, Al Rayyan saw 33, Wakra (19), Al Daayen (15), Umm Slal (six), Al Shahaniya and Doha (two each), and Al Shamal (one).

In the case of 10 apartments, Doha received six completion certificates issued, two in Al Daayen and one each in Wakra and Al Rayyan.

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