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Qatar Construction Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)
|Qatar Construction Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)|
Published: May 13, 2021
Mordor Intelligence Pvt Ltd
Content info: 150 Pages
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The Qatari construction market was valued at USD 42.19 billion in 2020, and it is expected to reach a value of USD 76.98 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 10.54% over the period of 2021-2026 (henceforth, referred to as the forecast period).
The revival in oil prices during 2018-2019 prompted growth in infrastructure projects in the region. However, with the economic downturn due to the pandemic, the current scenario is dragging the construction sector back to pre-2019 levels.
The Qatar government has taken measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, and some of these may have an impact on the construction industry. These measures are going to affect labor, supply chains, and financing arrangements in the construction sector.
Construction activity in the country remains resilient, as government spending has continued on projects. The government's aim to diversify the economy, with a particular emphasis on non-oil sectors, is expected to drive funding toward construction projects over the forecast period. Growth is expected to be driven by the country's National Vision 2030 plan, under which the government aims to develop the manufacturing industry to diversify the economy away from its dependence on the oil and gas sector.
Construction activity increased significantly as preparations continued for the 2022 World Cup. Owing to the budget surpluses recorded in the past few years (2016-19), the level of public spending has also increased. The country's construction industry is expected to benefit from investments made in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup and Qatar National Vision 2030.
Major Infrastructural Developments in the Country
The construction sector is one of the fastest-growing sectors in Qatar, with the government planning to spend over USD 200 billion, as part of its infrastructure investment. Major transport projects, coupled with the rapid expansion of tourism, education, and real estate, are expected to dominate economic diversification efforts under the auspices of Qatar National Vision 2030, while the 2022 FIFA World Cup has set a mid-term deadline for a number of high-profile projects.
Qatar also is investing heavily in developing infrastructure and construction projects, with USD 220+ billion to be invested in road network, stadiums, facilities, and numerous major projects including hotels, leisure, and recreation in the planning or construction phase.
Qatari Diar remains the largest project client in Qatar, in terms of the value of projects in execution, and its USD 17 billion mixed-use Lusail City is still considered to be one of the largest projects in the country. Other major projects include the FIFA World Cup 2022 stadiums, Extension of the New Doha Port pro, Extension of Hamad International Airport, Expressways and road drainage projects run by the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) and Development of free zones, led by the newly-established Free Zone Authority.
Infrastructure Sectot to hold Major Share in the Construction Sector in Qatar
Qatar's desire to be a regional leader has made the country eager to undertake large-scale infrastructure projects of various types and has opened up the participation of international companies. Qatar's National Development Strategy shows a clear push for economic diversification, in which, construction, infrastructure, and real estate play a major role. These efforts are expected to create a stronger economy in the long term and may continue to bring in foreign investment.
The total spending on transport infrastructure is currently allocated for the creation of new and updating of the old roadways and highways. One of Qatar's most important projects in this subsector is the USD 5 billion Qatar-Bahrain Causeway, which is expected to gain international attention.
The metro system was expected to be built in two phases: the first may see the construction of three of the four lines (Red, Gold, and Green) and 37 stations. These metro lines opened to the public on December 10, 2019. The future phases involve an expansion of phase one, initially with the introduction of an additional line (Blue) and the expansion of the existing ones, with more than 72 additional stations connecting the capital and suburbs of Doha. Moreover, the first expansion is due to be completed by 2026.
All these projects are being funded directly or indirectly by the government. Qatar is committed to addressing the growing demand for public services, and in doing so, it is seeking innovative ways in which to deliver infrastructure. Qatar has recently turned its attention toward the private sector as a potential partner in developing infrastructure.
The Qatari construction market is fragmented in nature with the presence of local and regional players. Some of the key players in the market include QD-SBG Construction, Gulf Contracting, HBK Contracting, and AlJaber Engineering, amongst others. Major and specialized companies have witnessed unprecedented stability and growth in the Qatari construction market. By opting to be a regional leader, the country has undertaken large-scale infrastructure projects of various types and opened the participation of international companies.
In terms of services, many construction service providers and facility management companies are in the race to enter the Qatari market. Companies are partnering with developers to offer after-construction services. As towers, low-rise buildings, stadiums, and malls get built and are near completion, the country's facility management market is expected to grow exponentially in the coming years.