Qatar: 637 building permits issued last month
Qatar's construction sector appears to be booming, with 637 building permits awarded in June 2015 across a variety of segments
Qatar's Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics (MDPS) said that as many as 637 building permits were issued in Qatar in June 2015, an indicator of the construction sector's ongoing performance.
Of the permits issued, 383 were for new buildings, constituting 60% of total permits issued, the ministry said, while releasing the data in association with the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning.
MDPS advised however, that data did not include building permits issued for electricity sub-stations,
The highest number of building permits (230 or 36% of the total building permits in the country) was issued in Rayyan Municipality, in which Al Shehaniyah was included for data purposes.
Doha Municipality came in second place with 144 permits (23%), Al Wakra Municipality with 75 permits (12%) of the total, while Al Daayen obtained 73 permits (11%), Al Khor 53 permits (8%), Umm Salal 47 permits (7%), and Al Shamal 15 permits (2%).
Of the total permits, 233 or 37% were given for 'additions' and 21 or 3% for fencing works.
The Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics analysed that villas' permits topped the list, accounting for 75% (213 permits) of all new residential building permits in addition to 23 permits that were given for apartments, constituting 7% of the total number.
As many as 89 permits for dwellings financed through housing loans were issued last month.
Of non-residential buildings permits issued, commercial buildings were at the forefront with 61% (34 permits), followed by industrial buildings such as workshops and factories with 23% (13 permits), and mosques and government buildings 7% (4 permits).
Releasing the data, the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics said: "Building permits data is of particular importance as it is considered an indicator of the performance of the construction sector, which in turn occupies a significant position in the national economy, and a main pillar for the basic infrastructure of many other activities."
MDPS also said the data was prepared making use of the electronic link between the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics and Ministry of Municipality & Urban Planning.