The 9th annual edition of Project Qatar will take place on April 30 – May 3, featuring 2083 exhibitors (1800 of them being foreign) from 48 countries. The exhibitors will be showcasing their expertise across 62,000 sqm at the Doha Exhibition Centre and three adjacent custom-built temporary structure extensions.
The event is organised by International Fairs and Promotions (IFP). It is projected to host over 47,000 visitors daily. Besides nations who have always led the construction industry field, Project Qatar will also feature companies from nations making their debut at Project Qatar 2012: Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Spain and Taiwan.
Event organizing company IFP said that 85% of the 2083 exhibitors at Project Qatar 2012 are foreign companies- a statistic that would be the envy of any global exhibition. “More than 100 Malaysian companies form the largest Asian contingent from Asia while Italy leads the European pack with over 85 companies. Turkish companies will combine to span the largest exhibition space at Project Qatar 2012, with over 1,500 sqm between them. German companies will combine to cover 1,300 sqm.”
Project Qatar’s Exhibitions Manager Michel Gebrael stated that, “The 48 nations represented at Project Qatar see the exhibition as a destination of choice for their construction companies. Project Qatar offers them a platform to showcase their expertise, to launch new products, and an opportunity to explore how they can be a part of the immense construction boom in Qatar. With all signs pointing to an even steeper growth trajectory moving forward, their participation at Project Qatar is essential to the growth of the sector.” Gebrael went on to highlight major projects currently underway or slated to launch soon in Qatar.
Assistant General Manager at Qatar National Bank Salem Al Noaimi said that “As an institution we aim to support the growth of Qatar’s economy and culture in every way possible. Project Qatar has come to symbolise the tremendous growth potential of Qatar’s construction industry. We are proud to be a part of Project Qatar 2012 in particular as well as the larger construction boom in Qatar.”
Commenting on the interest Malaysian companies have in Qatar, HE the Ambassador of Malaysia to Qatar Ahmad Jazri noted that, “Malaysia’s trade relations with Qatar grow stronger by the year. Malaysian companies are confident about business opportunities in Qatar because their work is well-respected locally. This leads to even more companies being interested in exhibiting at Project Qatar. This year, we hope to showcase our skills and products like never before, and to become an integral part of the fantastic development plans Qatar is undertaking.”
HE the Belgian Ambassador to Qatar Luc Devolder, added that, “Belgian and Luxembourgian participation at Project Qatar this year is a sign of increasing interest in Qatar by our companies and firms. We bring expertise that can help Qatar’s local companies and Project Qatar gives us an opportunity to showcase these skills to the whole industry at one time.”
Charge d’Affaires of the German Embassy in Doha Mathias Kruse noted that, “German economic interest in Qatar continues to grow due to the diverse portfolio of the visionary development in Qatar. There are more than 75 German or German related companies in Qatar and many more active on a project basis or companies who directly export their products and services. Some of the key construction-related industries where German companies contribute and participate in Qatar are infrastructure development, construction, logistics, as well as traffic and transportation. Over the years, German companies have found Project Qatar to be a platform that showcases our world-leading expertise in each of these fields and many more.”
Commenting on the increasing interest in Turkish companies’ offerings, the Commercial Counsellor of Turkey to Qatar, Mr. Mustafa Gulec, stated that, “As Turkey moves towards production of complex equipment and niche service offerings, it is becoming an integral part of the GCC’s development fabric. No longer do Turkish companies just produce low-tech solutions, rather they compete with international heavyweights to offer cutting-edge services at competitive prices. This is just one of many reasons Turkish companies are enjoyed increasing success in Qatar.”
Mark Ellam, Director of Trade and Investment at the British Embassy said: ”the Embassy and UK Trade and Investment are delighted to be participating in Project Qatar 2012. In the last 12 months trade and investment between the UK and Qatar has continued to increase. UK businesses, including in the construction sector are building important relationships with Qatari partners and seeking to play a role in major infrastructure development programmes. We look forward to welcoming even more UK businesses to Project Qatar 2012.”
HE the Greek Ambassador to Qatar Helen Elsa Zorbala said, “Bilateral relations between Qatar and Greece are excellent in the political field and our cooperation is very fruitful and promising in other fields also. Greek construction companies are already active in Qatar and with their experience and reliability could contribute to the large ongoing public works in the country. Recognizing the dynamism of Qatari economy we are looking forward to discussing and proceeding with various investment and trade opportunities.”
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