Qatar sees increase in optimism in the construction sector, continues to reopen the economy

Qatar continues to boost international trade and restart the economy amid the pandemic, bouncing back with building permits and gradual reopening of flights. A special envoy has also announced the gradual reopening of Kabul airport for commercial flights.

HE Special Envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Counterterrorism and Mediation in Conflict Resolution Dr Mutlaq bin Majed al-Qahtani says, “We are happy to announce for the first time that there will be international flight coming from Doha to Kabul, which is commercial or charter flight. It is going to have passengers – locals and foreigners, travelling from Kabul to Doha and from Doha to their respective destinations.”

“This is not evacuation anymore, I think today we see free passage and free movement of passengers – foreigners and locals, with valid passport and documentation,” he adds.

Meanwhile, the country is also enjoying a double-digit month-on-month growth when it comes to building permits issued in August (all parties involved must also make sure that building permits are official, authenticated, and verified for authenticity to avoid costly fakes). This simply means that despite the pandemic, there is still growing optimism for the sector, as the construction industry is a key performance indicator in the state of the national economy. To top it all off, the domestic tourism sector has also boosted the hospitality sector with an increase in hotel accommodation supply.

“The upswings in Qatar’s accommodation sector can primarily be attributed to an increase in domestic tourism,” Qatar Tourism says. “Qatar’s government is keen to provide safe and enjoyable travel experiences for international visitors and is taking all necessary precautions to ensure visitors have a safe experience.”

According to their report, “International visitation decreased by 82% in H1 2021 as compared to H1 2020. This decline is largely due to very strong visitor arrivals figures for January and February 2020, just prior to border closures in March 2020…Doha had the 6th highest occupancy rate worldwide and the smallest RevPAR decline, by far, among all key cities in 2020.”

All of these measures indicate that the economy is growing strong provided people continue to abide by the protocols stated by the Ministry of Public Health regarding the coronavirus. Everyone is encouraged to get fully vaccinated, as well as continue to perform standard safety measures like frequent washing of hands and wearing masks. Going out in public should only be done for extremely necessary activities.

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