Hospitality Qatar 2015, the sole 360° hospitality and HORECA show in Qatar, was officially inaugurated by HE Sheikh Ahmed Bin Jassim Al Thani, the Minister of Economy and Commerce, during an opening ceremony held on 12 October 2015 at the Doha Exhibition Centre (DEC).

The exhibition, licensed by the Qatar Tourism Authority, hosts 111 exhibitors from 12 countries–China, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Egypt, Germany, India, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Romania and Lithuania–who showcase the latest in the HORECA and hospitality industry over 5,000 sqm of exhibition space which promises to attract a footfall of 10,000 visitors.

The exhibition got off to a fine start with the Salon Culinaire that was launched early morning and ran until late in the evening. A show-stopper at Hospitality Qatar 2015, the Salon Culinaire brings together the country’s leading chefs to compete across fifteen categories. Salon Culinaire is co-organized by the Qatar Culinary Professionals association (QCP), and supervised by the World Association of Chefs Societies for Africa & the Middle East (WACS). The competition is judged by 10 regional and international judges.

A main feature of this year’s show is the Business-to-Business matchmaking platform, as part of which 14 top hotels in Qatar were hosted as buyers at Hospitality Qatar 2015, with over 320 meetings held with a wide variety of exhibitors. The B2B platform was open for trade visitors, who were able to register and book appointments with the exhibitors they wished to meet.

The first day also included a certified safety training workshop conducted by Boecker, the Salon Culinaire and Official Hygiene Sponsor, entitled “Induction to HACCP”.

In addition, the first day of the exhibition featured the highly anticipated Mocktail competition, which offers an opportunity for HORECA bartenders to test their knowledge and skills and to compete against each other for the tastiest mocktail in Doha. The first day of this activity attracted a large audience that came to witness the amazing skills of Doha’s most talented bartenders.

On the sidelines of the exhibition, the Qatar Culinary Professionals association held a seminar that was conducted by Chef Gilles Refloch. The seminar included the following topics: the sugar & flower theme: Technics, Sugar cooking and Flowers making.

Hospitality Qatar 2015 is taking place until Thursday 15 October, from 3 pm to 9 pm daily. Find more information on Marhaba’s Events Calendar

The ceremony was attended by HE Dr Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, Qatar’s Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage, in addition to a number of senior officials, decision-makers and high-profile diplomatic figures. The ceremony also featured an exclusive tour of the exhibition space.