248 new buildings completed in May

June 10, 2022

Activity in Qatar’s key villa construction continued to remain strong in May. Almost 77 percent of the permits issued in May for new residential buildings are for villa construction, suggesting a solid construction growth outlook in the residential building sector.
According to the Planning and Statistics Authority (PSA), municipalities in Qatar issued 654 building permits in May. Nearly 52 percent (334) of them are for new buildings, including both residential and non-residential structures. Almost 45 percent (291) of them are for extensions and the remaining 3 percent (20 permits) are for fencing purposes.
Of the residential permits, those for “dwellings of housing loans permits” accounted for 14 percent (36 permits) and apartments accounted for 8 percent (21 permits). As many as 198 permits (77 percent) were issued for villa construction.
The PSA report also shows pronounced activity in the construction of commercial buildings. Of the permits issued for building non-residential structures in May, 79 percent (62 permits) were for commercial buildings. They are followed by permits for state and industrial buildings such as workshops and factories with 10 percent (eight permits). Permits for government buildings accounted for 8 percent (six permits) of the total.
In May, Al Rayyan municipality issued the highest number of building permits — 167 permits or 26 percent of the total. It is followed by Doha with 166 permits or 26 percent, Al Wakra with 136 permits or 21 percent, Al Da’ayen with 94 permits or 15 percent, Umm Slal with 47 permits or 7 percent, Al Khor with 15 permits or 2 percent and Al Shahaniya and Al Shammal with 10 permits or 2 percent each.
The total number of building permits issued in January saw a 13 percent decrease from that in December 2021.
May also saw 248 building completion certificates — 206 for new buildings and 42 for extensions — being issued. Of those for the new buildings, 167 are for residential units and 39 for non-residential facilities.
By analyzing new residential buildings completion certificates data, PSA finds that villas’ top the list, accounting for 66 percent (111 certificates) of all new residential buildings permits, followed by those for dwellings of housing loans permits by 23 percent (39 certificates) and apartments buildings by 7 percent (12 certificates).
On the other hand, most of the completion certificates issued to non-residential buildings were for commercial buildings — 56 percent (22 certificates). They are followed by those for industrial buildings with 33 percent (13 certificates) and for government buildings and mosques with 5 percent (two certificates).
The total number of building completion certificates issued in May saw a 29-percent decrease from those issued in March.

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