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A total of 540 accident cases were registered in September, a monthly increase of 23 percent, according to latest figures issued by the Planning and Statistics Authority.
Majority of the cases were light injuries (87 percent), followed by severe injuries (11 percent). There were 12 death cases (12) in September, a mere 2 percent of the total.
As per the data, Al Mamoura traffic department registered highest number of cases (93), followed by Al Rayyan (92), North (88), Madinat Khalifa (84), Airport (69), South (65), Industrial Area (31) and Dukhan (18).
There was a 22.8 percent annual increase in traffic violations in September. A total of 154,385 traffic violations were registered in September 2019 as against 125,743 in the same month last year. Similarly, there was a 17.9 percent monthly increase in traffic violations.
According to the data, electricity consumption reached 5053.1 GWh in September, registering a monthly decrease of 4.8 percent and an annual increase of 23.2 percent. Total water consumption reached 58069.1 thousand cubic metres during the same month, down by 1.5 percent. 
A total of 5,921 new vehicles were registered in Sepetember, a monthly increase of 49.1 percent and an annual increase of 19.6 percent.
The total number of properties sold in the country increased in September, reflecting the strength of the Qatari real estate market.
The number of properties sold saw a monthly rise of 151.2 percent, while property values increased by 47.4 percent. 
Qatar has enormous economic potential by virtueof its geographic location, Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA) CEO Lim Meng Hui hassaid.“Qatar is strategicallylocated at the crossroads of global trade. You can reach 60 percent of the world'spopulation within eight hours from here. Within this time, we in Qatar can be connected to over 10 keymarkets comprising around 2 billion people and over $5 trillion in GDP,” Huisaid while addressing the opening of the Silk Road Exhibition and Conferencethat began in Doha on Saturday.Qatar's strong domestic demand, purchasingpower parity and the fact that it is surrounded by promising neighbouringmarkets further underscore its economic prospects, he said.“The economicgrowth and development within the region, including MENA and other Asian economieswill be a great asset for Qatar'sfuture economic growths. It has regional access and air and sea connectivity tomany markets, which are rather difficult to access for most other countries.”The Free ZonesAuthority CEO said this geographical advantage, combined with its world-classinfrastructure, natural gas reserves and an ambitious development plan, make Qatar well positioned to serve these markets,especially China.The year 2018marked the 30th year of bilateral relations between Qatarand China,he said. “Qatar-China economicrelationship, which is already on a strong footing, is set to grow further. TheQatar Free Zones Authority has positioned itself to be one of Qatar's growth catalysts and the Belt and RoadInitiative of China opens up the door for potential investors in Qatar, China and other countries.”For Chinesecompanies, he said Qataroffers a relatively stable and secure investment partner. It helps improve China’s accessto high-value consumer base and provides them with strategic presence in theGCC and the broader MENA region.Not just China, Lui said, Qatar has strong ties with leadingeconomies around the world.“Qatar has the world’slargest natural gas reserves of 25 trillion cubic metres and is the world'slargest LNG exporter with the production of 77 million tonnes per annum. It is forecastto grow to 110 million tonnes per annum by 2024,” he said. Talking about Qatar’s connectivity and infrastructure, Huisaid the Hamad InternationalAirport in Doha is the world's leading airport and hasalready established as a global transit hub. “It wasadjudged as the fourth best airport in 2019 and 16th largest airport by cargoin 2018. Besides HIA, Qataris home to the world's leading airline, Qatar Airways. It is the world's fourth-largest cargo airline and is targeted to be on the top by the end of this year.“Hamad Port,which is built with an investment of over $7 billion, currently captures 27percent of trade in the Middle East and aimsto reach 35 percent in the next two years.”The port, hesaid, is directly connected to 40 global ports and has eight feeder routes in theMiddle East and South Asia.
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