Posted on October 24, 2017

Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) has thrown its weight behind INDEX Qatar – the new interior design event taking place in Doha next month. The national tourism entity has backed the three-day exhibition as it seeks to continue to draw more and more exciting designers to the country at a time of widespread development.

INDEX – taking place at the Doha Exhibition & Conference Centre from November 13th to 15th – will unite thousands of designers, architects and buyers with the local and international manufacturers and suppliers they need to source the perfect furniture and décor to fit-out hundreds of projects across Qatar and the wider Middle East. Aimed at providing an all-encompassing design experience, the show will also include daily seminars featuring many of the region’s most influential and creative design minds, as well as a host of interactive features across the exhibition floor.

Ahmed Al Obaidli, Director of Exhibitions at Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), said: “Business events is a key sub-sector of Qatar’s overall tourism sub-sector, and is set for continued growth thanks to world-class facilities, unique connectivity via Qatar Airways, and varied hospitality options that suit the needs of all kinds of travelers. We are pleased to see INDEX capitalize on Qatar’s unique assets to draw exhibitors and visitors alike to its first exhibition in Qatar, and we are confident that with their expertise, they will contribute to the development of Qatar business events.”

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Jaafar Shubber, INDEX Qatar event director, added: “Our debut INDEX Qatar will play host to some of the most recognisable and up-and-coming Qatari designers. It will be fantastic to have so many brilliant creatives together celebrating the vast opportunities for design that the modern Qatar provides. “QTA is renowned for its exemplary work in aiding growth across all of the country’s industries. To have them working with us to attract international visitors is a huge bonus for what already promises to be a wonderful design showcase.”

Firms appearing at INDEX include La Sorogeeka, Jotun, Mezzaluna, Cristal de Paris and Stil Décor. The event is proving a major draw for designers, buyers, contractors and suppliers all working across what is a booming interiors industry. Spend on interior fit-out projects has skyrocketed across the Gulf of late. In the last year alone, the fit-out market has grown by more than US$2.2billion, and is now estimated at being worth $17.7billion-per-annum. An exclusive INDEX report by market analysts Ventures concluded that interior design is one of Qatar’s “fastest growing industries”.

Jaafar Shubber continued: “Despite universal challenges, the ambition of designers, architects and construction professionals in Qatar continues to drive the future of design. The country will be the stage for some of the world’s biggest events over the next decade. Entwined with the Qatar National Vision 2030, the growth in the hospitality, commercial real estate, retail, health and hospitals, and education markets are huge, and offer massively exciting possibilities.” INDEX Qatar is expected to attract thousands of interior designers, architects, project managers, importers and distributers from the full spectrum of retail, hospitality, residential and commercial design.

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