Issued by CEMO Center - Paris
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COVID-19 batters Qatar’s property sector

Monday 06/April/2020 - 03:56 PM
The Reference
Mohamed Abdel Ghaffar

Qatar has been suffering from successive crises one after another, i.e. the Arab boycott, which began in July 2017 due to Doha’s wrong policies, and recently COVID-19, which has evidently impacted the country’s economy.

The coronavirus has battered Qatar’s property sector. The Qatari regime is keeping on spreading rumors among the people. However, the official data about Qatar’s economy contradicts these rumors.

In July 2017, the Arab quartet: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain boycotted Qatar due to its wrong policies, and its support to terrorism in a way that threatens stability in these countries.

The Qatari Planning Ministry said that real estate sales had declined by 16.9 percent on the period between November 2018 and November 2019, noting that sales had fallen by 30.9 percent monthly. 

Qatar Central Bank said in a statement released in March that the property sales in in Qatar declined, posting the steepest fall since July 2014. The statement ascribed the decline in sales to falling demand for real estate and investment on the back of weak business environment in the country.

The statement said that the Qatari real estate market scored 225.8 points, compared to 229.2 points in Q3 of 2019, and 251 points in Q4 of 2018.

Consequently, the real estate sector has negatively affected a number of other industrial sectors in Qatar. Most shares of Qatari listed companies fell.

Qatar National Cement Company has been affected by the decline. The company said in a bourse briefing that its 2019 net profit fell to 172 million riyals ($47.27 million), down from 348 million riyals in 2018 ($95.65 million).