Posted on October 25, 2017

In its signature drive to advance constructive regional trade ties, Qatar Development Bank (QDB) – through the support of its export development and promotion agency, Tasdeer – showcased 35 Qatari small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from the construction sector at Infra Oman, one of the largest building and construction expos in the Middle East.

The 7th International Exhibition for Infrastructure & Industrial Projects was held at Oman Convention & Exhibition Center.

Every year, sequent editions of the exhibition series unite regional and international industry leaders, contracts, consultants, suppliers and buyers in Oman. Thus, the fair serves as an ideal platform to achieve unparalleled insights into the Middle East’s infrastructure development environment. Notably, visitors enjoy access to a widened range of products on display this exhibition, including plastics, wires, bricks, stones, glass, steel, wood, electronics, and paints.

QDB’s pavilion at Infra Oman included the following shortlisted 35 companies: Arabian Specialised Materials Co. (ASMA), Salama Road Marking Factory, Doha Waterproof Factory, Seashore Steel, Twyla, International Welding Rods Factory, Doha Cables, Al Sada Factory for Plastic Pipes, Doha Factory for Paints & Chemicals, Doha Plastic, Al Khayarin Plastic Factory, Bumatar German Factory for Plastic Products, Qatar National Aluminum Panel Co. (QNAP), Al Naqeeb Plastic Factory, Sarplast Qatar, Qatar Wire Product Co., Qatar Pipeline & Fittings Co.(QPF), National Paints Factories, Qatari Canadian for Energy and Electrical Industries, Al Bedaya Steel Industries, Al Wasit Cabins (GETC Group), Qatar International Cables Company, Al Bayan for Electronics and LED Technologies, Doha Regional Plastics Solutions, Al Sada Plastic Profiles, Uniplast Qatar, Al Muftah Fiberglass Products, ASTAD, Qatar Paving Stones, Qatar Aluminum Extrusion Company (QALEX), Qatar Plastic Products Company, Qatar Wooden Products Company, Qatar Saudi Gypsum Industries Company, Amiantit Qatar Pipes Co., and Qatar Clay Bricks Company.

Speaking to the importance of widening Qatar’s commercial trade outreach, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al-Khalifa said: “As His Excellency the Ambassador of Qatar to Oman very rightly said: Oman today is a new gateway to Qatar. In Qatar Development Bank’s latest experience at the Infra Oman exhibition this year, we have learnt that through exporting Qatari products to Oman and other interested regional and international parties attending Oman's exhibition, Qatar has found a very new door to the world. Harnessing the natural leverage of our region’s geography – and with the support of true friends and brotherly nations, like Oman – we look forward to strengthening our export trade across international commercial markets by sea and by air, close and far.”  

Executive Director of Export Development & Promotion Agency – Tasdeer, Hassan Khalifa Al-Mansoori said, “At QDB, we are proud to serve as our nation’s commerce and trade diplomats. To this end, we mirror our country’s long-standing position of seeking constructive ties with all of our neighbors and we have found Oman to be a very warm and welcoming regional market. This year, Qatari companies partake in this regionally well-renowned exhibition – Infra Oman – with the aim of entering into mutually-beneficial agreements with our Omani partners as well as other regional and international partners.” Additionally, this year, the Qatari Pavilion received an award for the best-designed pavilion at the exhibition. The token of recognition was received by Executive Director of Export Development & Promotion Agency – Tasdeer,  Hassan Khalifa Al-Mansoori on behalf of QDB.

The exhibition series has grown significantly since its opening in 2011, and today, it is considered Sultanate of Oman’s most comprehensive infrastructure exhibition as its venue and timing concurs with both the Electro Oman lighting exhibition and Oman Industrial Summit. The development organization’s participation at Infra Oman comes as its latest in a series of similar construction products-related exhibitions. This year alone, QDB has successfully partaken in Arabplast, Batimatec, Big 5 and Index exhibitions.