Qatar set to host biggest construction expo
Doha, May 2, 2011
Project Qatar 2011, the international construction technology and building materials exhibition, will break new records for size and impact when it opens today at the Doha Exhibition Centre.
Spreading across 52,000 sqm and occupying the biggest tent erected in the Middle East, Project Qatar 2011 is a staggering 73 per cent bigger than 2010 edition of the show, said event organizer IFP Qatar.
The eighth edition of Project Qatar will run through to May 5 from 4pm to 10pm gathering 1700 exhibitors from nearly 50 countries under one roof.
The mammoth expo is set to showcase the country’s booming construction and building sector thus underscoring the importance of Qatar in the construction landscape since the 2022 FIFA World Cup bid announcement, said IFP Qatar in a statement.
More than 40,000 visitors are expected to pass through the doors of the DEC during the four-day event which has become a landmark event for the region’s burgeoning construction industry, the organisers said.
IFP Qatar has commissioned a 30,600 sq m AC extension to the venue – the largest temporary structure ever constructed in the Middle East – to bring this year’s exhibition space to 82,000 sqm to accommodate the spurt in interest and confidence in Qatar’s construction industry.
With exhibitors ranging from construction companies and technology providers to heavy machinery operators and design consultancies, Project Qatar 2011 runs the full scope of the construction industry’s supply chain.
"There is currently more than $140 billion in confirmed project construction underway in Qatar and the country is about to embark on an unprecedented construction phase."
Project Qatar 2011 is an excellent gauge of just how much growth can be expected in Qatar and will be instrumental for organizations that want to position themselves in this vibrant market,” remarked George Ayache, general manager of IFP Qatar.
“Whatever industry will achieve during the event will have a domino effect on all businesses linked to construction and infrastructure and bodes well for the future of both industry and Qatar’s overall economy looking forward.”
Project Qatar 2011 has received the unprecedented backing of the international community with 16 supporting bodies from construction heavyweights with representatives from the UK, France, Korea, Spain and Australia.
Michel Dhe, the economic and commercial counselor of the French Embassy in Qatar said France will be fielding its largest delegation yet and has doubled the size of its national pavilion at the DEC.
“Project Qatar 2011 will be a great opportunity to focus our partnership in the construction domain,” Mr Dhe said
Meanwhile, Alev Duzjun, commercial counselor of the Turkish Embassy in Qatar said Project Qatar was an important venue to highlight his country’s expertise and growing capacity in the construction industry.
“Turkish companies have already helped complete projects in Qatar estimated at $7 billion,” Duzjun said of the contribution his country’s companies had already made towards Qatar’s development, stating the country’s industry was ready to engage further.
Some of the region’s biggest players in the construction field have thrown their support behind Project Qatar 2011 and the role it plays regionally and internationally.
Mohamad Eid, general manager of Naffco, the largest firefighting equipment manufacturer in the Middle East, said Project Qatar underlines the country’s maturity and respect it has gained in the international industry.
“It provides immense international exposure for Qatar and reinforces its image as a construction and property hub,” he said, saying it was important also for the Qatar market to gain exposure and know about “certified products” and “qualified companies,” he added.
Meanwhile, Qatar-based companies are also reaping the benefits of Project Qatar’s global reach.
“The exhibition makes us competitive against international companies since it provides a high degree of exposure that would have taken us 20 years to achieve had we promoted ourselves on our own or thorough other events,” R Vedhachalam, chief technical officer of HBK Contracting, a leading Qatari construction company said.
IFP Qatar has already announced plans to stage two editions of Project Qatar next year to address the event’s rapid expansion. The supplementary exhibition will focus on energy and electricity and will be held in late 2012.
“The overwhelming response to the 2011 edition of the event prompted us to considerably exceed previous venue sizes and event scope estimates to cope with growth," said Michele Gebrael, project manager of Project Qatar 2011.
"We had to increase DEC’s exhibition space by 73.3 per cent to support the large lineup of exhibitors and our projected footfall," he added.
Taking place alongside Project Qatar is Heavy Max, the leading show for construction plants, machinery, equipment and vehicles, for Qatar and the Gulf region.-TradeArabia News Service