NeXTfairs for Exhibitions & Conferences organised a press conference on Monday, 13 September at InterContinental Doha-The City, attended by several government officials and representatives of companies sponsoring the exhibition.  

BHY 2021 presscon

Guests include

  • Mohammed Hasan Al-Naimi (MME)
  • Engineer Jarallah Mohammed Al Marri (Ashghal)
  • Mohammed Ali Al-Muhannadi (Kahramaa)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Jaber Mohammed Al-Marri (Civil Defence)
  • Omar Halawa (Tadmur Trading)
  • Emad Makarem (Al Mana Maples)
  • Shovan Das (Jotun Paints Qatar)
  • Engineer Hamdi Mohammed Abdelatif (Coolex Al Jaber)

According to NeXTfairs co-founder and General Manager Rawad Sleem, around 150 companies will participate in the event providing various services in the fields of contracting, architecture, and interior design. Build Your House Exhibition (BYH) will be held from 20 to 22 September at Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) under the patronage of the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani.

Latest technologies, sustainable materials

The new edition will include the latest technologies and sustainable materials in the fields of contracting, architecture and interior design, especially for clients who plan to create or add new designs and features to their houses or real estate projects.

The exhibition will also provide an opportunity to discover hundreds of smart and modern options that are cost-effective, sustainable and of great quality for designing, building, renovating, maintaining, and developing houses – from choosing the consultant, contractor and supplier, to planning, designing and issuing licenses, up until managing the project with the contractor to handing over keys.

Sleem said that the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has already identified a set of precautionary guidelines to ensure the health and safety of everyone during the exhibition:

  • Only fully vaccinated individuals, 18 years and older will be allowed to enter the exhibition
  • All participating employees should also be fully-vaccinated
  • An isolation area has been allocated for the possibility of ‘suspected’ positive cases, in cooperation with Qatar Red Crescent Society and QNCC
  • Online pre-registration is required for all individuals attending the exhibition
  • Safe distance between individuals will be maintained; social distancing wall and floor signs shall be provided
  • Visitors and exhibitors will be provided with a digital comprehensive guide to public safety
  • Constant reminders to visitors that face masks should be worn at all times
  • Checking of Ehteraz app, only those with green shall be allowed in

Diverse participants

BYH 2021 is marked by the diversity of participating institutions, including organisations from the public and private sectors as well as other international companies. This is the first event that targets Qatari citizens who are looking to build their houses, to help them obtain ideas and information about building new houses or renovate their existing ones.

The exhibition has also become an important platform that connects visitors with contractors and consultants, and enable them to determine their options and make decisions related to the construction process.

Sleem also highlighted that the second edition of the BYH exhibition is expected to attract deals worth over QAR400 million, as diversified entities are expected to participate – including government, local and international companies specialised in various sectors.

Workshops and panel discussions

The exhibition will include workshops and panel discussions that will bring together a host of inspirational names to help visitors plan, procure, design, and build homes fit for the 21st century with a sustainable future and smart home solutions.

The event will introduce visitors to the various procedures and stages of building their houses, including how to get the necessary licenses for construction, the required documents and all the information about the space standards for building a house, in addition to the state’s role in distributing lands among citizens.

Workshops would play an essential role in introducing the most critical security and safety standards that must be considered when building houses. Furthermore, the government entities participating in the event will present their experiences and ideas, offer advice to help visitors, and introduce them to the entire construction cycle, highlighting specifications and financing a teardown and rebuilding new houses.

Sleem said that the conference’s Knowledge and Technology Area will feature 40 speakers discussing the latest trends in the industry and sharing their insights on various topics, starting from designing furniture and eco-friendly interior design, to infrastructure, engineering and much more.

Projects under development

According to the data published by the Ministry of Finance, 5,045 plots in new citizens’ subdivisions were delivered with integrated infrastructure in 2020. The 2021 budget puts the development of citizens’ lands on top of its priorities through two phases, at a total cost of QAR37 billion. The cost of the first phase is QAR16.5 billion, including a total of 11.989 plots in 13 areas, while the cost of the 2nd phase is QAR20.5 billion, including 21.424 plots distributed over 19 areas, in addition to projects in other fields, such as health and education.

Sleem explained that the development of citizens’ lands, the completion of the infrastructure projects, and the projects related to 2022 FIFA World Cup will stimulate the recovery of the construction, design and contracting sectors, supported by the momentum of government spending on projects. The private sector will actively participate in the projects supported by the government. They are considered a major partner in the development process, especially since the 2021 state budget reveals a list of new approved projects in coordination with the Public Works Authority (Ashgal) at a value of QAR53.9 billion. The projects are scheduled to be awarded from 2021 to 2023.

Electronic registration, safety measures

The launching of a free electronic platform for registration on the BYH website will allow visitors to enter the event seamlessly. All preventive measures against COVID-19 are applied to ensure the health and safety of all participants, exhibitors and visitors during the exhibition.

NextFairs signed an agreement with Boecker, the global leader in health and safety, to apply all the necessary measures to ensure that the health safety standards are followed including regular and consistent disinfection of halls, exhibition stands and all exhibits before entry into the exhibition halls. In addition, Boecker will also supervise thermal scanning of participants and checking of Eheteraz App, among others.

Boecker will also provide internal audits on practices and measures taken based on the Qatar Clean programme to ensure the safety of organisers, participants and visitors.

Exclusive offers

Many of the participating companies will provide a set of exclusive offers, services and products that will be available for the first time in the local market. Prizes will also be given during the exhibition for the first time in a raffle draw, with one lucky visitor winning the grand prize – a 2021 Ford Ranger XLS. Winners of the interior design competition will showcase their designs to the public. Visitors will be able to check out the winning designs and meet the winners at the VCUarts Qatar pavilion. The awards ceremony will be held on the second day of the exhibition.

Visit buildyourhouseqatar.com for updates and more details about the exhibition. 


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