Qatar Luxury Residential Real Estate Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022-2027)

The Qatar Luxury Residential Real Estate Market is segmented by Type (Apartments and Condominiums, Villas, and Landed Houses), and by Key Cities (Doha, Al Wakrah, Al Wajbah, and the rest of Qatar). The report offers market size and forecasts for the Qatar Luxury Residential Real Estate Market in value (USD Billion) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Qatar Luxury Residential Market
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: >7.5 %

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Market Overview

Qatar Luxury Residential Real Estate Market is expected to register a CAGR greater than 7.5% during the forecast period (2022 - 2027).

The Qatari luxury residential real estate market is getting a significant boost from an increasing number of wealthy individuals who are seeking to own multiple homes and new portfolios. The luxury residential market increased last year as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as many in the working class saw the need for better homes with access to facilities that encourage Work From Homes policies.

The luxurious residential real estate price index rose by 2.82% during the year to Q3 2021, in sharp contrast to a yo-y fall of 5.67% in Q3 2020, according to the Qatar Central Bank (QCB), the country’s best showing since Q2 2016. Transaction volumes in the country rose strongly by 36% to QAR 31 billion (USD 8.5 billion) during 2020, from QAR 22.8 billion (USD 6.3 billion) in 2019 despite the pandemic, according to the Ministry of Justice. In Q3 2021, transaction volumes for houses in Qatar fell by 25% from a year earlier but increased by 60% from two years ago.

With the recent introduction of more liberal foreign property ownership rules, the end of the economic and political blockade against Qatar, as well as improving economic conditions, it is not surprising that Qatar’s luxurious housing market is now showing signs of improvement. Qatar's expanding population, along with a strong demand base and high discretionary income levels, suggests that demand for luxurious homes and villas will likely continue to climb in the near future.

Scope of the Report

Luxury Residential real estate refers to properties that are exclusively designed for human occupation, which provide charmed and resort life with high-end amenities. The Qatar Luxury Residential Real Estate Market is segmented by Type (Apartments and Condominiums, Villas, and Landed Houses), and by Key Cities (Doha, Al Wakrah and the rest of Qatar).

By Type
Apartments and Condominiums
Villas and Landed Houses
By City
Doha
Al Wajbah
Al Wakrah
Other Cities

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Supply of luxurious Residential Units in Qatar

There has been rapid growth in the range of towers, malls, gated communities, and luxury villas in the market. In June 2021, towers 6 and 7 were opened in the Viva Bahriya district. Moreover, towers 13 and 14 (Viva Bahriya) and tower 21 (Porto Arabia) are expected to open in 2022.

Around 1,700 apartments and villas were added in Q2 2021, bringing the total stock to 294,700 units by the end of the quarter. The supply of apartments comprised 1,500 units from the delivered projects in The Pearl, Lusail, Fereej Bin Mahmoud, Old Ghanim, Fereej Abdul Aziz, Musheireb, and Al Dafna. In addition, the completion of villas and compounds in Al Kheesa, Al Wajba, Umm Salal Ali, and The Pearl added 200 new properties to the existing stock.

In Abraj Quartier, five luxurious residential towers are about to complete delivering more than 2,000 units in total. The residents are also attracted to Lusail’s Marina District, as it plans to open the first tower, which may, in turn, favor the growth of the market in the coming years.

Qatar Luxury Residential Real Estate Market

Villas Residential Rents have Stabilized in Qatar

Qatar's rental market has become more stable as a result of increased demand linked with hosting a worldwide event such as the FIFA World Cup in 2022. The median monthly asking rent for residential units fell 1.8 percent quarter over quarter and 5.7 percent year over year. Compared to apartment rents, which have undergone dramatic declines during the year 2020, villa rents are continuing to decline at a slower rate.

The median monthly asking rent for villas was USD 2,857, down 1.2 percent quarter on quarter and 3.9 percent year on year. Rents for three-bedroom villas dropped the most in the quarter, by up to 2.8 percent. Rentals in Al Aziziya and Ain Khaled compounds fell by an estimated 3.3 percent from one quarter to the next. One, two, and three-bedroom apartments at The Pearl had average monthly asking rents of USD 2,117, USD 3,278, and USD 4,098, respectively.

The demand for villa rentals in Qatar remains high, although prices have come down as a result of the influx of new units. In the first half of 2021, prices in Abu Hamour and Ain Khaled declined by USD 273 compared to the first half of 2020, while prices in Al Thumama fell from USD 3,551 to USD 3,005 during the same period. However, in regions like Al Messila and Al Soudan, where contemporary luxury units are available, median advertised prices have risen. In places like Al Muntazah, Al Wakair, and Al Muraikh, landlords and owners are offering 'grace periods' and 'free months' incentives, which could be the reason for price stagnation.

A rent-free period of up to 3 months was common in Al Wakrah, Lusail, and Doha in the areas of Al Sadd, The Pearl, Mushiereb, New Doha, etc. The rental level in Lusail is expected to increase over the next 12 months as more residents relocate to the new city and additional amenities are being delivered.

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Competitive Landscape

The Qatar Luxury residential real estate market is fragmented with many players. Some of the major players in the market are Harbor Real Estate, Al Mouj Muscat, and Al Raid Group. The merger and acquisition activity in Qatar is also expected to increase in the coming years, likely to increase luxury residential real estate development, thereby encouraging more companies to enter the market.

Recent Development

December 2021: Al Mouj Muscat has entered into a partnership with Oman Towers Company (OTC), a national company to play a vital role in the telecommunications sector in Oman with an international strategic partner, for new telecommunications towers to be installed at the leading leisure and lifestyle destination, improving internet speeds as well as mobile phone services coverage. The exclusive infrastructure agreement means people and businesses are set to benefit from reliable, high-speed internet access as well as enhanced mobile phone connectivity.

June 2021: United Development Company (UDC), a leading Qatari public shareholding company and the master developer of The Pearl-Qatar and Gewan Island, has won the “Luxury Lifestyle Award 2021” in the category of “Luxury High Rise Living” for Al Mutahidah Towers at The Pearl-Qatar. The remarkable new property at The Pearl-Qatar was selected among 28 projects in the same category by “Luxury Lifestyle Awards,” which is one of the first international accolades dedicated to recognizing luxury goods and services around the world for their credibility, uniqueness, innovation, and quality.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

    1. 2.1 Analysis Methodology

    2. 2.2 Research Phases

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET INSIGHTS AND DYNAMICS

    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.2.1 Drivers

      2. 4.2.2 Restraints

    3. 4.3 Value Chain / Supply Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Industry Policies and Regulations

    5. 4.5 Technological Developments in the Sector

    6. 4.6 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

    7. 4.7 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 By Type

      1. 5.1.1 Apartments and Condominiums

      2. 5.1.2 Villas and Landed Houses

    2. 5.2 By City

      1. 5.2.1 Doha

      2. 5.2.2 Al Wajbah

      3. 5.2.3 Al Wakrah

      4. 5.2.4 Other Cities

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Market Concentration Overview

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Qatar Building Company

      2. 6.2.2 Barwa Real Estate Group

      3. 6.2.3 Wujha Real Estate

      4. 6.2.4 Builders Advance Engineering and Construction

      5. 6.2.5 Orascom Development Holding AG

      6. 6.2.6 Harbor Real Estate

      7. 6.2.7 Alfardan Properties

      8. 6.2.8 Professional Real Estate Co.

      9. 6.2.9 Qatar Real Estate

      10. 6.2.10 MD Properties

      11. 6.2.11 Al Mana Real Estate*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive
  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

  8. 8. APPENDIX

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Qatar Luxury Residential Real Estate Market market is studied from 2018 - 2027.

The Qatar Luxury Residential Real Estate Market is growing at a CAGR of >7.5% over the next 5 years.

Al Mouj Muscat, Al Raid Group, Wujha Real Estate, Al-Taher Group, Harbor Real Estate are the major companies operating in Qatar Luxury Residential Real Estate Market.

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