Qatar Construction Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Qatar Construction Market is segmented by Type (Commercial Construction, Residential Construction, Industrial Construction, Infrastructure (Transportation) Construction, and Energy and Utilities Construction).

Market Snapshot

Qatar Construction  Market Bar Graph
Study Period: 2017- 2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: 10.54 %

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Market Overview

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 Qatari 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, emphasizing 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 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.

Scope of the Report

The construction market includes a wide range activity that covers upcoming, ongoing, and growing construction projects in different sectors, which include but not limited to geotechnical (underground structures) and superstructures in residential, commercial, and industrial structures as well as infrastructure construction (like roads, railways, and airports) and power generation and transmission related infrastructure.

The report offers a complete background analysis of the construction industry, including an assessment and contribution of the sector in the economy, market overview, market size estimation for key segments, emerging trends in the market segments, market dynamics, etc. The report also covers the impact of COVID-19 on the market.

By Type
Commercial Construction
Residential Construction
Industrial Construction
Infrastructure (Transportation) Construction
Energy and Utilities Construction

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Key Market Trends

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 is investing heavily in developing infrastructure and construction projects, with USD 220+ billion invested in road networks, 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. Its USD 17 billion mixed-use Lusail City is still considered 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.

Qatar Construction Market Share

Infrastructure Sector 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. Qatar’s most important projects in this subsector are 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.

Qatar Construction Market Growth

Competitive Landscape

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. 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.

Many construction service providers and facility management companies are in the race to enter the Qatari market in terms of services. 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.

Recent Developments

November 2020: UrbaCon Trading and Contracting (UCC) signed a deal with Barwa Real Estate to build two residential projects worth more than USD 1.37 billion in Al Wakra, Qatar.

January 2021: Hyundai E&C signed a USD 0.22 billion deal to build a TSE storage facility ordered by the Public Works Agency of Qatar. The project is to construct a reservoir and other auxiliary facilities in Al Rakhiya, about 50 kilometers southwest of the capital Doha. The construction is slated to be completed in November 2023. In addition, Hyundai E&C received the Letter of Award (LOA) for USD 87 million to build a specialized nursing hospital. The project aims to design and build one medical building near the second phase of Hamad Medical City constructed by the company. The construction is scheduled to be finished in June 2022.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. Introduction

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Current Economic and Construction Market Scenario

    2. 4.2 Technological Innovations

    3. 4.3 Government Regulations and Initiatives

    4. 4.4 Mapping of Industrial Clusters and SEZs and a Brief Analysis of Investment Opportunity

    5. 4.5 Review and Commentary on the Extent of Qatar's Economy Diversification

    6. 4.6 Comparison of Key Industry Metrics of Qatar with Other GCC Member Countries

    7. 4.7 Comparison of Construction Cost Metrics of Qatar with Other GCC Member Countries

    8. 4.8 Real Estate Prices (Sales and Leasing) by Asset Classes (Residential, Commercial, and Retail)

    9. 4.9 Insights into Building Permits in Qatar by Type and Municipality

    10. 4.10 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market


    1. 5.1 Drivers

    2. 5.2 Restraints

    3. 5.3 Opportunities

    4. 5.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

    5. 5.5 Industry Value Chain Analysis


    1. 6.1 By Type

      1. 6.1.1 Commercial Construction

      2. 6.1.2 Residential Construction

      3. 6.1.3 Industrial Construction

      4. 6.1.4 Infrastructure (Transportation) Construction

      5. 6.1.5 Energy and Utilities Construction


    1. 7.1 Overview

    2. 7.2 Company Profiles

      1. 7.2.1 QD-SBG Construction WLL

      2. 7.2.2 Gulf Contracting Co. WLL

      3. 7.2.3 Qatari Diar Vinci Construction (QDVC) QSC

      4. 7.2.4 HBK Contracting Co. WLL

      5. 7.2.5 AlJaber Engineering WLL

      6. 7.2.6 Redco Construction - Almana

      7. 7.2.7 Boom Construction Co.

      8. 7.2.8 UrbaCon Trading & Contracting WLL

      9. 7.2.9 PORR AG

      10. 7.2.10 Besix Group

      11. 7.2.11 MIDMAC Contracting Co. WLL*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive
    4. 7.3 Other Key Companies




  11. 11. APPENDIX

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Qatar Construction Market market is studied from 2017 - 2026.

The Qatar Construction Market is growing at a CAGR of 10.54% over the next 5 years.

The Qatar Construction Market is valued at 42 Billion USD in 2017.

The Qatar Construction Market is valued at 76 Billion USD in 2026.

QD-SBG Construction WLL, Gulf Contracting Co. WLL, Qatari Diar Vinci Construction (QDVC) QSC, HBK Contracting Co. WLL, AlJaber Engineering WLL are the major companies operating in Qatar Construction Market.

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