IFP Qatar revealed that ‘Project Qatar’ and ‘Hospitality Qatar’ are now combined into one major exhibition that will set the stage for multiple opportunities, from 6 to 9 June, at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC).
The event will also be the last major international trade event hosted by Qatar before FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. The news was announced during a press conference held this week at InterContinental Hotel Doha – The City, attended by several partners and sponsors of the event.
IFP Qatar General Manager Haidar Mshaimesh said that by combining the two exhibitions, they aim to optimise space and welcome the public into one major event. He added that combining the two strongest exhibitions before the commencement of the World Cup represents a good time for entities and exhibitors to seize opportunities and build alliances and commercial partnerships in the construction and hospitality sectors at the same time.
Project Qatar, now in its 18th year, is the country’s first and oldest business fair for construction and related industries. The exhibition offers access to the growing Qatari construction market, as well as new business prospects with companies of all sizes, making Project Qatar an unparalleled platform for growth and development.
Similarly, Hospitality Qatar, now in its 7th edition this year, is the only trade fair in Qatar for the hospitality and HORECA sectors and is considered the most prominent and oldest exhibition directed towards local, regional and international companies working in tourism and hospitality sector. The event represents a unique opportunity to enhance the industry’s presence, while attracting more scope for sponsorship and advertising. The Hospitality Qatar exhibition contributes to the tourism and travel sector’s growth and provides an ideal platform for participants to move forward into a new era in the sector’s development.
Over 300 exhibitors
The event will welcome more than 300 exhibiting companies, distributed among 180 international firms from 30 different countries, seven of which will participate in official national pavilions, along with 120 Qatari companies from major government and semi-governmental agencies and the most prominent private sector companies.
Mshaimesh confirmed that the exhibition will welcome at least 20,000 visitors from the construction and hospitality sectors, the most notable among them are several international trade delegations who will assess the country’s readiness for the upcoming championship. In particular, he called attention to the large delegation from the Federation of Saudi Chambers of Commerce, comprising more than 25 members, the highest commercial delegation from the Saudi private sector to visit Qatar since relations returned to normal between the two countries.
Saoud Al Tamimi from the Public Works Authority, said they will also showcase their achievements in major infrastructure projects.
Italy, meanwhile, takes the lead in terms of international participation, with two pavilions – one in each exhibition – together constituting over 30 companies. Ambassador of Italy to Qatar HE Alessandro Prunas said that the year 2022 will not only be the year of historic and unforgettable World Cup, but also a wonderful year for the bilateral relations of the two countries, as they celebrate the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Italian Embassy in Doha. The ambassador also spoke of the contributions of some Italian companies to the World Cup projects, particularly in the areas of transport and infrastructure, such as the Doha Metro and Al Bayt Stadium, which were built through a joint venture between Italian and Qatari companies.
On the regional level, this year also highlights the participation of Suhail Industrial Holding Group, the largest industrial company in the Qatari private sector, as an industrial partner for the first time in the exhibition.
In addition to the exhibition, a three-day conference will be held to examine Qatar’s readiness for the FIFA World Cup 2022™, through a series of sessions and presentations that will highlight the capabilities prepared for this event.
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