Posted on April 23, 2019

The 16th edition of Project Qatar, the nation’s largest and most prominent construction exhibition, poised to be the broadest and most inclusive to date, is to be held from 29 April – 1 May 2019 at Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC). This year’s mega event was announced by the organizers at a press conference today at Intercontinental Doha - The City, attended by partners, sponsors, international diplomats, and VIP guests.

Held under the Patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar’s Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, the three-day exhibition and conference is Qatar’s longest running construction event and international trade fair that specializes in construction and all related industries. The 2019 event is set to be the most diverse and comprehensive edition. Organized by International Fairs and Promotions (IFP) Qatar, the exhibition will feature more than 500 of the most recognized international and local brands and companies from 34different countries.

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Mr. Haidar Mshaimesh, Acting General Manager, IFP Qatar, said: “Project Qatar has always been a major contributor to the development of Qatar's construction sector. As the industry undergoes changes with the emergence of new projects, the exhibition is diversifying its offerings with a focus on the technological aspect of the construction sector while continuing to provide insight into the industry’s trade dynamics. Today, Project Qatar offers a comprehensive platform that supports the various aspects of development and investment in the country's construction sector."

The future focus of this year’s event will highlight innovation in the construction sector, and one of the exhibition’s dedicated product zones is ‘Smart District’, dedicated to Qatar’s Smart Nation Program. The Smart District is a platform for smart technology providers, urban planners, innovators and other industry specialists to explore the requirements for Qatar’s digitized cities and connect with local stakeholders while showing the cutting-edge innovations implemented in building, energy, and transportation.

Mr. Ziad Balbisi, Programme Director at Parsons, Exclusive Sponsor of Smart District said: “After 20 years of presence and completing more than 100 projects in Qatar, Parsons is proud to sponsor Project Qatar 2019, the largest eventof its kind in Qatar, which provides an excellent platform to showcase Parsons’ advanced technologies and comprehensive end-to-end smart city solutions. Project Qatar 2019 also provides the best opportunity to emphasize our commitment and unconditional support to the State of Qatar in its efforts to deliver world-leading smart infrastructure to its residents.”

‘The Future of Construction in Qatar’ is the theme of Project Qatar Conference 2019, which returns for the second year. The conference is certified by CPD, and the first day will feature keynote addressesby His Excellency Sheikh Khalifa Bin Jassim Bin Mohammed Al Thani, Chairman of the Qatar Chamber, Eng. Yousef Abdulrahman Al-Emadi, Projects Affairs Director at the Public Works Authority (Ashghal), and Sheikha Alanoudbint Hamad Al Thani, Managing Director, Business Development at the Qatar Financial Centre, among other officials.

The exhibition also features a unique discussion panel that brings together the ambassadors of a number of participating countries, including Germany, Italy and Turkey. To support the continuous development of professionals in the construction field in Qatar, a series of trainings and workshopscertified by CPD London, IMA, and ASTM International,is offered by Project Qatar this year free of charge. The sessions will be taking place during the exhibition,from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM daily.

Commenting on the participation of Turkey, which hosts the second largest pavilion at the exhibition after China, Mr. Burak Guresci, Commercial Counsellor, the Embassy of Republic of Turkey, said: "Turkey is moving forward with the production of advanced equipment and sophisticated services to cement its position as a key partner in the growth efforts of Qatar and across the Gulf region. Turkish companies have moved beyond developing simple solutions and are now competing with global players in several industries to provide integrated, modern solutions at competitive prices. This is one of the factors that has led to the success of Turkish companies in Qatar, a success that we hope to showcase through our participation in Project Qatar 2019 through a pavilion that brings together about 60 companies."

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In addition to Turkey, Project Qatar will present 15 official national pavilions from Algeria, Austria, Belgium, China, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Kuwait, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom, where brands and companies from the same national markets can jointly introduce their services and products to the Qatari market. In total, brands and companies from 34 countries will take part in the exhibition. International companies account for 70 percent of participating firms, a rate only matched at global exhibitions. China leads Asian countries with90 participating firms while Italy comes first among European countrieswith 20 companies.

Announcing the sponsors, the organizers confirmed 71 sponsors, partners, and supporters ofthe event this year. Mr. Hesham Sharaf, the COO of Qetaifan Projects, Exclusive Development Partner for the event, added: “Project Qatar is one of the most important and influential on the global calendar of construction events and we are pleased to be part of the exhibition as an Exclusive Development Partner. We know that global leaders in construction are at Project Qatar, and we expect to have fruitful engagements with construction and real estate professionals and industry leaders at the event.”

More than 500 exhibitors from 34 countries including 350 international companies, more than 20,000 expected visitors, 25,000 square meters of exclusive showrooms featuring the latest and finest products and services, as well as accompanying events to cover the wider needs of the sector, and other features are elements that will make Project Qatar 2019 the premier business event in Qatar and the region. Project Qatar 2019 will be open to the public from April 29 to May 1, 2019 from 12:00pm – 09:00pm.

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