Housing Characteristics in Qatar

Interesting facts about housing characteristics in Qatar. See about labour camp.

A new study has urged for changing housing approaches among Qatari nationals to make them more acceptable of occupying small and medium residential units, saying that only 3% of the Qatari families stay in apartments, while a majority of 96% live in villas, palaces, or Arab houses.
The “Housing Characteristics in Qatar” study, prepared by the Permanent Population Committee, said that Qatari families always preferred living in independent residential units which have no sharing entries or stairs with others.
“The trend of living in towers is still very low among Qataris although it will cost them less,” the study added.
It indicated that most of the residential units used by Qatari families include more rooms than they need.
About the non-Qatari families, the study said 50.9% of the expatriate families stay in apartments, while 26.3% of them stay in villas and 14.3% in Arab houses.
About the rates of occupancy, the study estimated that a total of 21,000 residential units in the country were either vacant or closed, with 4.5% of them were for rent, which the study said was a high rate compared to other Arab countries including Syria (1%), Jordan (2.1%) and Oman (3%).
The study also noted that 70% of the Qatari families live in owned houses, with only 7.7% of them are using rented houses, and 2.7% are benefiting from government housing programmes.
About the expatriate families, the study indicated that a majority of 55.7% of them is using rented apartments, and 12.3% are benefiting from government housing programmes and 21.4% are provided accommodations by companies they are working for, while less than 2% of the expatriate families own their units.
Quoting a survey conducted by the Qatar Statistics Authority in 2008, it indicated that average number of people per room among Qatari families were 1.38 persons per room, which was higher than that of the non-Qatari families (1.3 person per room).
About labour camps, the study estimated the rate at 3.44 persons per room. However, the study added that such a rate was found to be 11 persons per room in the labour camps which include 15 rooms or more, while it fell to 2-4 persons in camps which have fewer than 10 rooms.

(Source: Gulf-Times. 13 Mar 2010)