Visitors have come out in droves over the last two days to be part of Qatar’s biggest exhibition for construction and related industries and to tap into the opportunities in Qatar’s fast-growing construction market.

Project Qatar 2019, which runs until 1 May at the Doha Exhibition and Conference Centre (DECC), is seeing Qatar’s construction industry, including local and global companies, come out in full force. The event presents major business opportunities for all participants.

Representing 33 countries, the more than 500 exhibitors include 342 international participants. Among the top 10 participating countries are Qatar – with 161 exhibitors, China, Turkey, Kuwait, Italy, Algeria and Germany. The top exhibiting profiles include building materials, steel products, construction systems and technology, engineering and design services, and green building buildings. The exhibition also sees the return of Heavy Max 2019 – the 16th International Exhibition for Heavy Machinery, and Qatar Stone Tech 2019 – the 7th International Stone and Stone Technology Show and Qatar’s only exhibition dedicated to the stone industry.

Several VIP dignitaries have visited Project Qatar and toured the exhibition including the 15 official national pavilions.

Haidar Mshaimesh, Acting General Manager, IFP Qatar, said:

We have been witnessing positive sentiment among the industry leadership at Project Qatar this year, especially towards innovation. We are seeing a level of commitment towards achieving excellence in the construction industry, as one of the major sectors contributing to the growth of our economy. Project Qatar is a major platform for enhancing the role of the private sector and opening new dialogues that create unparalleled opportunities for local and global firms.’

The event has strong sponsorship this year. Speaking for Al Sraiya Holding Group, Platinum Sponsor, Antoine Saade, Executive General Manager, said:

We are grateful to Project Qatar for helping to unlock the opportunities in the construction market. We are proud to showcase the strengths of our manpower, construction equipment, and diverse achievements over the past 40 years to potential new clients and decision makers.’

Jaber Al-Hajri, Proprietor, Doha Kowate Trading, Contracting & Services, said:

Project Qatar 2019 has turned the focus to smart technology and innovation this year, and this aligns with Doha Kowate’s emphasis on its high-tech lighting solutions and expanding our offerings to meet the needs of Qatar’s new smart cities. Our participation as Diamond Sponsor underlines the value we place on Project Qatar as a business platform for our company.’

Engr. Essa Mohammed Ali Kaldari, Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Primary Materials Company, Diamond Sponsor, also noted:

QPMC is benefiting tremendously from Project Qatar. As a Qatari company set up to ensure the supplies of primary materials to the local market, we are part of facilitating the construction boom in Qatar. So, we recognise how important a platform like Project Qatar is to bring together the construction market. The comprehensive event program with a conference and CPD training, among others, ensures that Project Qatar caters for the diversity of the sector.’

The second day of the Project Qatar conference focused on Iconic Real Estate Developments towards the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The sessions highlighted opportunities for construction companies in advance of 2022. Among the key ongoing projects highlighted was the Museum of Islamic Art, the 2022 FIFA World Cup projects, and the National Museum of Qatar.

Speaking after the second day’s programme, Christopher John Daniels, Head of HQSE at Al Darwish Engineering WLL, Gold Sponsor, said:

Project Qatar 2019 has been a very exciting experience for the Al Darwish Engineering team. The variety of exhibitors and the diversity across the thousands of visitors representing industry here at DECC is creating a dynamic business environment and a renewed optimism. Likewise, today’s conference program has been well attended and has offered many insightful discussions, and the “Accessible Qatar” session in the afternoon highlighted how far we’ve come as an industry and the work that remains to meet Qatar’s 2030 Vision and the requirements of National Standards and Guidelines. Al Darwish has been delivering construction projects for close to 70 years and Project Qatar is the ideal platform to share our knowledge and best practices in construction which are enabling us to exceed expectations, deliver sustainable growth and continue to ‘Build a Legacy of Excellence’ for the State of Qatar.’

The agenda for the final day of the conference on Wednesday will focus on Qatar’s Smart Cities – Transforming the Future, with sessions presented by Parsons International, Msheireb Properties, Qatar University, Vodafone Qatar, and Qatar Green Building Council.

Karam Al Amoudi, Executive Manager, Al Shulah Lighting, concluded:

We are proud to be Silver Sponsor of Project Qatar 2019. After close to four decades of delivering high-quality for the nation’s major construction projects, we are keen to use our specialized expertise to continue delivering value to the sector. Events like Project Qatar are excellent opportunities to discuss potential new projects for our products.’

Visitors have until today, Wednesday 1 May, to avail of the opportunities at Project Qatar, including the conference; free-to-attend Continuous Professional Development (CPD) sessions geared towards construction industry professionals (certified by CPD London, IMA, and ASTM International), live demonstrations and presentations by exhibitors showcasing their latest innovations, products, and services; and a myriad of business and networking opportunities.

Project Qatar is organized by IFP Qatar, under the patronage of Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.

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