Posted on July 25, 2018

Thousands of trade professionals are expected to meet with more than 200 local and international construction companies exhibiting at the first edition of The Big 5 Qatar in Doha, it has been announced.

Supported by the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) and organised by dmg events Doha, The Big 5 Qatar will be held from September 24 to 26 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre. This follows “great developments in the country’s business events infrastructure, hospitality and visa facilitation measures”, according to a press statement. “Having achieved self-sufficiency, and thanks to its strategic location in the Gulf, Qatar is now ready to begin export of its homegrown construction materials and products,” dmg events Doha senior vice-president Andy White said.

Beyond Qatari exhibitors, he noted that the event will host companies from more than 20 countries, displaying the latest and most innovative products for the expanding Qatari construction sector. “As the country moves forward developing visionary and ambitious projects, The Big 5 Qatar will also bring a wealth of knowledge to the local construction community through 40 CPD (continuing professional development)-certified and free-to-attend workshops,” White added. According to the latest report from The Big 5 Qatar and Research and Markets, the country’s export potential is growing steadily on the back of a government-led vision for self-sufficiency. To reach this vision, Qatar leadership has been working to increase the GDP contribution from the manufacturing industry to 10.7% by 2018 from 10.2% in 2016, the report reveals. 

Construction of warehousing and port expansions are listed as drivers for the production of building materials such as steel, aluminium, and concrete as well as machinery and heavy equipment supplies. QTA director Ahmed al-Obaidli said: “We are pleased more exhibition organisers recognise the strong platform that the Qatar market offers and look forward to working with dmg events Doha to help them benefit from Qatar’s assets as a premium destination for large-scale exhibitions through The Big 5 Qatar later this year. “We will be delighted to welcome exhibitors from all over the world to experience first-hand Qatar’s unique offering for business visitors.”

According to dmg events Doha, the event will also feature live demonstrations and 40 CPD-accredited workshops delivered by renowned industry experts. Previously recognised as Building Services Qatar, this event has been rebranded as The Big 5 Qatar to incorporate The Big 5 international brands, following recent market indicators.

source: Gulf Times