Doha witnessed a robust month-on-month expansion in the building permits issued this March; outperforming other municipalities, according to the official statistics.
The overall building permits issued in the country was on the downswing, reflecting the weaker sentiments in real estate sector development; whereas there was a robust jump in the building completion certificates issued in the review period, said the Planning and Statistics Authority (PSA) in its latest data.
Al Rayyan, Doha and Al Daayen municipalities together constituted 70% of the total building permits issued in March this year.
The PSA figures suggest the total number of new building permits issued were 1,194, of which Al Rayyan constituted 37% or 445 permits, Doha (18% or 215 permits), Al Daayen (15% or 179 permits), Al Wakra (14% or 171 permits), Umm Slal (7% or 89 permits), Al Khor (3% or 41 permits), Al Shahaniya (3% or 38 permits) and finally Al Shamal (1% or 16 permits).
On a monthly basis, at the national level, the number of building permits issued declined 8% with Al Shamal registering 47% plunge, Al Khor (20%), Umm Slal (17%), Al Wakra (15%), Al Daayen (12%) and Al Rayyan (6% each); even as there was 15% and 9% increase in the case of Al Shahaniya and Doha respectively in March 2021.
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% (573 permits) of the total building permits issued in March 2021, additions 47% (567 permits) and fencing 5% (54 permits).
Of the new residential buildings permits, villas topped the list, accounting for 71% (355 permits) of the total, dwellings of housing loans 21% (107 permits) and apartments 5% (23 permits).
Among non-residential sector, commercial structures accounted for 44% or 32 permits, the industrial buildings as workshops and factories 23% (17 permits) and other non-specified buildings 8% (six permits).
Qatar saw a total of 394 building completion certificates issued in March 2021, of which 285 or 72% was for the new buildings (residential and non-residential) and 109 or 28% for additions.
The PSA figures suggest that of the total number of new building completion certificates issued in March this year, Al Rayyan constituted 27% or 106 certificates, Al Wakra (25% or 100), Al Daayen (15% or 61), Doha (15% or 58), Umm Slal (9% or 36), Al Khor (4% or 14), Al Shamal (3% or 13) and Al Shahaniya (2% or six).
The overall building completion certificates issued nevertheless saw a 17% increase month-on-month in March 2021 with Al Shamal registering more than doubled certificates issued, Umm Slal recorded 575 surge, Doha (35%), Al Wakra (28%), Al Khor (17%) and Al Rayyan (9%); whereas Al Shahaniya and Al Daayen saw 45% and 10% decline respectively in the review period.
Of the 231 residential buildings completion certificates issued, as many as 155 or 67% were for villas, 63 or 27% for dwellings of housing loans and nine or 4% for the apartments.
In terms of geography, Al Wakra received 61 certificates or 26% of the total, Al Rayyan (60 or 26%), Al Daayen (44 or 19%), Umm Slal (24 or 10%), Doha (23 or 10%), Al Shamal (10 or 4%), Al Khor (seven or 3%) and Al Shahaniya (two or 1%).
Of the 155 villas completion certificates issued this March, as many as 38 were in Al Wakra, 36 in Al Rayyan, 32 in Al Daayen, 23 in Umm Slal, 15 in Doha, seven in Al Shamal and four in Al Khor.
Of the 63 dwellings of housing loans completion certificates issued, Al Rayyan saw 23, Al Wakra (22), Al Daayen (11), Doha (three), Al Shamal (two) and Al Khor and Al Shahaniya (one each).
In the case of nine apartments, Doha received five completion certificates issued, and Al Rayyan, Al Daayen, Al Khor and Al Shamal (one each).