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Investigation of housing preferences in view of the housing market dynamics in Doha metropolitan

Ibrahim, Hatem and Salama, Ashraf M. and Wiedmann, Florian and Awwaad, Reem and Aboukalloub, Basma (2018) Investigation of housing preferences in view of the housing market dynamics in Doha metropolitan. In: The Advances in Civil Engineering Materials. Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering . Springer, Singapore, pp. 1-10. ISBN 9789811325113

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Since the 2000s, Doha has gone through enormous economic growth and urbanization processes. The massive migration inflows have suggested particular housing preferences that are driven by the demographic and lifestyle diversities of the multicultural population. Housing preferences of the multicultural population are defined in terms of housing location, cost, and typology. The paper aims to study housing preferences in view of the housing market dynamics in order to recommend future actions for housing planning and expansion. It focuses on the period from 2000 to 2017 where rapid urban development took place in Doha metropolitan considering cultural, sporting, economic, real estate, and political incidents. The methodological approach includes: questionnaire survey of housing preferences, and survey of the perceptions of housing market experts. The paper defines the major shifts in the housing market based on: the sporting events, construction boom, and real-estate boom. It will discuss solutions to reduce the gap between housing supply and demand. Also, it will conclude actions for future housing expansion based on the recommendations by key market experts towards a sustainable local economic growth.