Posted on July 09, 2011

Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) has launched a project to modernize and develop the Doha Exhibition Centre to cater for the country’s growing tourism industry. The Centre first opened in 2007 and for the past five years has been a major facility for all events and exhibitions organized by, or under the supervision of QTA.

This renovation project comes at a time when the Centre recorded a yearly growth of more than 20 percent in the number of exhibitions it has hosted, increasing from 18 to more than 35 exhibitions in 2010. The modernization of facilities comes in time for the start of a new season of events and exhibitions scheduled to be launched following Eid Al-Fitr holiday.

The renovations will add more than 30 thousand square meters in space to existing facilities. This will be used as parking lots or spaces to host recreational and family activities and events organized by QTA such as the Doha Food Festival and Doha Summer Fun Park.

Mr. Lahdan Al Mohannadi, QTA’s Head of Local Exhibitions, assured that the modernization project became a pressing need especially following the detection of problems in current equipment and the floor of the main hall covering an area of 15 thousand square meters. After four years of operation, it is necessary that the Center undergo renovations and a complete overhaul to restore its appeal and sustain the same quality of services and amenities it offers to exhibition organizers.

Mr. Al Mohannadi further explained that the project is composed of two stages. During the first stage, the exterior space located in the southern area of the Center and covering 30 thousand square meters will be leveled. A full infrastructure will be implemented to enable the space to be used for parking or to host some of the events organized by QTA throughout the year.

During the second stage, that will take place during the Holy month of Ramadan, the focus will be on performing a complete maintenance and modernization program to all facilities, from updating audio systems to restoring the 15 thousand square meter main hall floor.

Mr. Walid Charbel, QTA’s Head of Finance Department, clarified that the modernization and development operations will take more than two months. In order to avoid adverse affects on the Exhibition industry, we will take advantage of the exhibition interruption period during the Holy month of Ramadan and Eid El-Fitr to start the renovations. He added that the area located south of the Center and currently being leveled and undergoing infrastructure improvement, will add 30 thousand square meters of space, which is double the main hall area that covers 15 thousand square meters.

The space will be utilized for parking to accommodate a larger number of cars during large exhibitions. The capacity will be more than 1400 cars, in addition to the current parking that accommodates nearly 2000 cars. According to the project feasibility study, the space will also be used to hold open festivals such as the Doha Food Festival organized by QTA and outdoor displays during large exhibitions such as the Project Qatar Exhibition.