Posted on December 15, 2015

The Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics is pleased to publish the eleventh issue of the monthly data on Statistics of Building Permits issued by all municipalities of the State. 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, and a main pillar for the basic infrastructure of many other activities.

This press release is intended to give a brief overview of the nature of these monthly permits in terms of their geographical distribution (according to the municipalities) and types of these permits (buildings, additions, fencing) as well as details about categories of the different  types of buildings, on whether they are residential or non-residential. It is worth mentioning that the release of this monthly data comes under the joint cooperation between the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics and the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning to make use of the existing electronic link between the two ministries.

In a quick review of the data on building permits issued during the month of November 2015, we find that Rayyan municipality (including Sheehaniya) comes at the top of the municipalities where the number of building permits issued were 193 permits, i.e. 30% of the total issued permits while Doha municipality came in second place with 137 permits, i.e. 21%, followed by municipality of Al Wakra with 103 permits (16%) and after that municipality of Al Da’ayen with 89 permits, i.e.14%.The rest of the municipalities were as follows : Umm Slal 54 permits (8%),  Al Khor 50 permits (8%), and finally Al Shamal 20 permits (3%).

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In terms of the type of permits issued, data indicates that the new building permits constitutes 60% (387 permits) of the total building permits issued during the month of November 2015, while the percentage of additions permits constituted 36% (231 permits), and finally fencing permits with 4% (28 permits). By analyzing new residential buildings permits data, we find that villas’ permits top the list, accounting for 73% (244 permits) of all new residential buildings permits, followed by dwellings of housing loans by 12% (40 permits) and apartments buildings by 10% (34 permits).

On the other hand, both commercial buildings and industrial buildings e.g. workshops and factories are found to be in the forefront of non-residential buildings permits with 33% (17 permits) each,followed by mosques with 21% (11 permits), then government buildings with 8% (4 permits) only.

For more statistical data, please visit the Ministry's website: as well as “QALM” portal (Qatar Information Exchange):