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For Qatari residents: Do you prefer a summer or winter World Cup 2022?

Project Qatar 2014: growing themes.winning platforms

Written by  Author |   Fri, 11 July 2014 12:12

For 4 days, from 12 to 15 May, Project Qatar 2014, the 11th International Construction Technology & Building Materials Exhibition, held at the Qatar National Convention Centre, hosted over 2,100 exhibitors from all parts of the world covering the QNCC's entire 41,500 m2  indoor and outdoor exhibition space. WhyQatar Magazine was a media partner to this prestigious event.

Project Qatar proved to be a resounding success as the companies exhibiting at Project Qatar 2014 displayed a broad range of products, services and solutions. While many companies exhibiting at Project Qatar 2014 built relationships and found local representatives and distributors, others showcased their capabilities to ensure that their products and services remained in the public eye and recognized by the end-user in this global environment.

The broad scope of Project Qatar 2014 allowed visitors to liaise with suppliers and exhibitors covering all sub-sectors of the construction industry - from building materials to engineering and design services - to heavy machinery, glass, pumps, steel producers and sustainable wood products.  Many were global leaders in their fields while others were established SMEs, or new to the Qatari market, exhibiting their innovative concepts for the first time. The rest were companies the event welcomes back each and every year. Project Qatar provides a unique and dynamic platform for buyers and suppliers to forge partnerships and propel future developments in Qatar's multi-billion dollar construction sector.

Held under the auspices of HE Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar's Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Project Qatar 2014 was inaugurated by His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed Bin Jassim Al Thani, Minister of Economy and Commerce. This year's edition featured 24 pavilions from 47 countries and a number of deals were signed during the event, some of which will be disclosed in the coming months as a result of introductions made at Project Qatar 2014.  In attendance were  iinternational global companies, delegates, industry consultants, SME's - both local and regional – and well-known sports figures in Qatar.

As Qatar looks to support the growth of local businesses and invest in its own companies, the arrival of international companies is clearly a huge benefit to the growing market. SMEs from both sides of the spectrum are finding clear synergies and commonalities working with each other and are more likely to build successful long-term partnerships based on technical skills and unique offerings. Project Qatar's diversity has allowed all companies - local and foreign - to come together under one roof and enter a thriving construction market in Qatar that is ripe with opportunities and where exists substantial demand for innovative products, services and solutions.

According to the organizers, IFP Qatar, local, regional and international participants, gathered to see the specialized products, services and solutions featured at Project Qatar 2014. Project Qatar has become a landmark event in Qatar, which is a pioneering example of how all companies and industry specialists from the construction industry can work in partnership to build a growing Qatar. "This year's 11th edition has been a huge success and Project Qatar will continue to benefit the economy and support mega-projects that will leave a long-lasting legacy in Qatar much beyond the 2022 FIFA World Cup and is working towards achieving the Qatar National Vision 2030," the organizers said.

Albert Aoun, Chairman of IFP Group and Organizer of Project Qatar, said: "Project Qatar is the largest building and construction industry event in Qatar which continues to expand and grow each year. Exhibitors and visitors who have attended previous iterations of Project Qatar have already commented on the success of the event so far; appreciating the efforts of widening our scope to include the additional exhibitions and conferences at this year's edition."

A number of success stories were featured throughout the duration of Project Qatar 2014 with organizations coming back repeatedly to the leading regional construction event of the year. 
International companies, which are already active on the Qatari market, chose to be at Project Qatar as the tourism and hospitality sector builds up momentum towards meeting the demands of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. One such exhibitor in the French pavilion was Simonin, manufacturer of glulam timber structures and wood components for the construction industry.  It built the largest glulam structure in the Middle East for the wellness center at the new Anantara Resort, Banana Island, Doha. Laurent Lenoir, Export Manager of Simonin, said: The know-how of Simonin made it possible to build an exceptional French oak glulam structure for the dome of a palace at the new Anantara Resort on Banana Island. We are here, delighted to already be taking part in the booming Qatar construction market ahead of Qatar's vision to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup and it has been a pleasure taking part in Project Qatar 2014 as we look to increase our scope of opportunities."

Project Qatar 2014 also hosted two concurrent events - "Qatar StoneTech", The  3rd International Stone & Stone Technology Show and "Heavy Max 2014", The 11th International Exhibition for Heavy Machinery, as well as a new educational platform, the Project Qatar Conference Series, organized by Advanced Conferences & Meetings (ACM), that included: "LightingTech Qatar" from  12 to 13 May, and "HVACTech Qatar" from 14 – 15 May. This unique series of B2B conferences has been created to answer the demand for specialist, interactive insights into the challenges and opportunities facing companies within Project Qatar's product and services profiles.

Project Qatar organizes tour for its exhibitors to three major projects
Project Qatar 2014 also organized an exclusive tour for its exhibitors, to explore some of the major projects taking place in Qatar. These included presentations and a site visits to Lusail City, Doha Metro, and Msheireb Downtown Doha. The tour enabled exhibitors to get first-hand information about the projects' development and progress by taking an in-depth look at each project. The exhibitors received a panoramic overview including presentations from the senior management team, a strategic update and site tour. This allowed the delegates to explore key development projects taking place in Doha and provided exhibitors ample opportunity to promote their products, services, and solutions.
The construction site tours also included an interactive Q&A session where exhibitors were able to submit any general queries as well as specific questions on design, build quality and safety regulations.

HVACTech Qatar 2014 conference creates networking opportunities
The first edition of the HVACTech Qatar conference at the QNCC on the sidelines of Project Qatar 2014 brought the best networking opportunities alongside a specialized and tailored conference learning experience.
HVACTech Qatar brought together private and government project owners, planning bodies, developers, main contractors and consultants, MEP contractors and consultants, utility operators and companies, regulators and solution providers.
HVACTech Qatar showcased the latest technology advancements, along with the very latest case studies demonstrating how these advancements can best be applied to answer the specific requirements and challenges of the construction environment in Qatar.
The summit was instituted to contribute to fast growing demand in Qatar and the region for advanced sustainable technology deployment to support growing construction and infrastructure development plans.

LightingTech conference a great success
The inaugural edition of the LightingTech Qatar conference at the QNCC succeeded in bringing the best networking opportunities alongside a specialized and tailored conference learning experience.
 ‘LightingTech Conference was a great success' commented Mohamed Jaber, Head of Electrical Engineering, KEO International Consultants, who was chairing the second day of the conference.  He said "LightingTech Qatar brought together people from different backgrounds, government officials and regulators, lighting industry experts and consultants, construction professionals and solution providers. It was a well-focused and tailored event that gave insights and highlighted issues that every professional is interested in and can benefit from. Overall, the LightingTech conference was the best I have attended in the last 4 years."
The summit was instituted to contribute to fast growing demand in Qatar and the region for advanced sustainable technology deployment to support growing construction and infrastructure development plans.

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