Posted on December 01, 2011

The Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) will officially open 04 December 2011. Boasting a  2,300 seat lyric theatre, three auditoria, a multi-purpose conference hall for 4,000 guests, 40,000 square metres of exhibition space and 52 meeting rooms, the Centre can accommodate a maximum 27,000 people at any one time.

QNCC’s general manager, Adam Mather-Brown said immediately following the opening, the QNCC will welcome the much-anticipated 20th World Petroleum Congress (WPC) and its 5,000 delegates from 04 - 08 December 2011.

The 20th WPC is a triennial event organised under the umbrella of the World Petroleum Council, whose members work in or control 95 per cent of the world’s oil and gas production. This will be the first Congress to be hosted in the Middle East and the largest oil and gas gathering in the world. Immediately after the 20th WPC, the Centre will prepare for the 4th United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Forum (UNAOC) from 11 - 13 December 2011.

QNCC rounds off an exciting month with its first full-scale international theatrical production in the 2,300 seat theatre. An all-international cast for Shakespeare’s Richard III will fly into Qatar, showcasing the title role played by Oscar-winning actor and Artistic Director of London, UK’s Old Vic, Kevin Spacey. The production will be directed by Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes. Qatar is the only Middle East destination included in the global tour.