Posted on April 23, 2015

Some of Qatar’s most influential construction leaders gathered in Doha on April 21 for an industry summit focused on achieving the country’s vast infrastructural ambitions.

The event, hosted at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, brought together a selection of major local construction clients as well as industry service providers and addressed the evolving challenges that the local market faces – such as inflation, retaining and attracting quality professionals, dealing with the market’s ambitious demands, and worker welfare. Amongst those in attendance was ASTAD Project Management, Qatar’s premier project management consultancy.

Qatar’s top construction pioneers 2 [].jpgDelivering the keynote address of the event, Eng. Ali Al-Khalifa, Chief Executive Officer of ASTAD, stressed that the event was an ideal opportunity for key national stakeholders that are forging Qatar’s infrastructural legacy to interact, share experience, expertise and opinion. In his speech ASTAD CEO Ali Al Khalifa highlighted the importance of gauging industry challenges and developing home-grown solutions collectively.

Commenting on the local market, Eng. Al-Khalifa said, “While the local construction industry continues to prosper, all of us must remain committed to managing and delivering projects that are essential to the country’s sustainable development - bringing together all the important elements needed in order to secure a booming and vibrant economy for our nation and a bright future to look forward to.” The conference comes at a hugely momentous time for Qatar’s various national infrastructure projects. Over the past year Doha’s newly opened Hamad International Airport has placed Qatar at the forefront of international modern air travel and facilities, while construction is underway on the New Port Project, Ashghal’s Expressway Program, the National Rail Program and the Doha Metro.

In addition, work continues on the Qatar Economic Zones—a development under ASTAD’s supervision. Commenting further, Eng. Al-Khalifa said, “The construction sector has grown incredibly quickly and has risen to the challenges presented to it as a rapidly growing market, and I’m sure all of us here today look forward to the endeavors that await us during the years ahead.” ASTAD is currently managing some of the nation’s key projects across sectors such as the National Museum of Qatar, the Qatar Economic Zones, The Qatar Foundation Health and Wellness Precinct, and the New Doha Tennis Stadium at Khalifa Tennis Complex.