Date: May 9-12, 2016 Venue: Doha Exhibition & Convention Centre Organiser: IFP Qatar
With Qatar in the spotlight, the 13th edition of Project Qatar is set to take-off with exciting activities, launches, co-located shows, and more...
The focus on Qatar has increased in anticipation of the FIFA World Cup in 2022 and the scaling up of its investments to deliver the Qatar National Vision 2030. To meet the needs of a growing economy and larger population, Qatar has spent enormously on expanding and upgrading economic and social infrastructure, this has catapulted it to the world stage as the warmest market for investment. The massive nationwide programme of investment has resulted in a boost of nearly all domestic sectors in the Qatari market. This could not be more different then when Project Qatar initially started 13 years ago.
Since the awarding of the 2022 World Cup, Qatar has become one of the most sought after investment hotspots around the globe. When it comes to trends in the construction industry, each phase of construction brings with it new elements and demands to the local market. Infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges have different requirements to public facilities such as schools, hotels and others. Now, the stage of construction is moving in the early level to set up infrastructure, connect cities and prepare Qatar to be the host of the upcoming world cup.
Contributing in a significant way is Project Qatar, which has steadily grown over the past 12 years in its level of international participation. International participation is the backbone of any successful exhibition. Rawad Sleem, Project Manager, IFP Qatar, shares, ´Having governments and pavilions coming from the five continents to participate at our show year after year places Project Qatar on the international calendar of other major construction exhibitions.´ Project Qatar reached its peak between 2010 and 2012 accompanied by the announcement of the world cup, and has since then kept a steady level of participation from countries around the globe.
This year, the event has announced its move to the Doha Exhibition & Convention Centre (DECC), the state-of-the-art venue located at the heart of Qatar´s capital, in West Bay. This new venue is easily accessible from the several main roads of Doha and promises to attract thousands of professional visitors while providing an underground parking with direct access to the registration desks.
Also, for Project Qatar 2016, the opening hours have changed. This decision is based on a survey conducted by both visitors and exhibitors, where the majority agreed on having the show timing start at 2 pm and end at 9 pm. As per the survey, this timing is specifically convenient for governmental bodies to directly attend the show after finishing their duty at 2 pm.
And, Project Qatar now bears the industry-wide stamp of approval for tradeshow authenticity and effectiveness. UFI approval is regarded as a solid indicator of a show´s popularity, service quality and level of internationalism. Project Qatar is the first construction industry exhibition in Qatar to be associated with UFI - the association of the world´s leading tradeshow organisers and fairground owners. For this purpose, IFP Qatar had assigned KMPG, one of the international big four auditing firms, to audit the key exhibition figures for Project Qatar. The process involves pre-event review of systems, on-site inspection, post event confirmations of attendance, examination of accounting records and other auditing procedures.
Last year, activities such as Project Qatar Workshop Series and site visits to mega projects were also organised. Similar to this, and due to the success and enormous demand from both visitors and exhibitors, Project Qatar will continue the Workshop Series and site tour visits.
The workshop series will include several topics conducted by well-known entities. Excelledia will do the following: GSAS awareness, HSE awareness and project analytics; British Standards Institution Group Middle East WLL will conduct the following: Modular scheme, product testing, construction waste and sustainable smart cities and educare; Gherass will conduct the following: Energy-efficiency and the role and importance of solar energy in today´s construction sector, among many others. As for the site tour visits, IFP Qatar has organised presentations and free site visits that include three mega construction sites around the country: The New Port Project on May 10, 2016, Lusail City on May 11, 2016, and The Mall of Qatar on May 12, 2016.
Project Qatar will be accompanied by five concurrent events; the first two events are a regular feature of Project Qatar which include: The 5th edition of Qatar-stonetech and the 13th edition of Heavy Max.
Qatar Stone tech will display the full range of products and innovations in stone, granite, marble, ceramic, manufactured and ready stones, stone machinery for Stone Tech, among others. As for Heavy Max, it is moved to the new venue in Westbay for the 13th edition of the show, just in front of the VIP drop-off area. Visitors can expect to see the leading brands when it comes to heavy equipment vehicles, machinery, earthmoving equipment and cranes, among others.
The three new events are Qatar Transport and Logistics, Qatar Sports Infrastructure and Hospital Build. The idea behind these events is to provide an in-depth insight for construction companies about the ever-growing fields of transportation and logistics, sports infrastructure and stadium requirements, medical and healthcare facilities. Read on to know more about products on display and what leading exhibitors have on offer at the event this year...
´Project Qatar helps in narrowing the gap between buyers and sellers.´
- Rawad Sleem, Project Manager, IFP Qatar
What are your expectations in terms of footfall and what kind of a platform do you expect the event to provide?
Project Qatar is the biggest exhibition in terms of space and number of visitors, and now with our move to the new venue in Doha Exhibition & Convention Centre, we expect Project Qatar to have an even bigger number of exhibitors than the previous years. It is a business platform, bringing together the suppliers from all over the world to meet the buyers across a period of four days.
Our visitors will include the construction industry professionals; it could be anyone who works in the construction industry - consultants and specifiers, engineers, architects, procurement managers, contractors, project managers, government entities, and many others.
What kind of business prospects can exhibitors and visitors expect at the event this year?
The role of Project Qatar, being the largest exhibition dedicated to the construction industry, is to establish a meeting platform to bring local, regional and international suppliers to meet with buyers that have a demand for various construction products and services.
Sourcing products has always been a complicated and delicate process, by bringing manufacturers and suppliers aiming to penetrate to new markets, Project Qatar helps in narrowing the gap between buyers and sellers. Whether they are suppliers, agents, distributors or OEMs, all have the opportunity to showcase their physical products in front of trade professionals and particularly the trade buyers.
Tell us about the Project Qatar Business Intelligence Series.
The conference series offering is created as an answer to the demand for specialist, interactive insights in to the challenges and opportunities that companies face, within Project Qatar´s product and services profile. These are the hot topics of the construction industry, and by attending the conference, delegates can keep up with the latest trends and benefit from the top specialists in each field.
Project Qatar 2016 will host six specialised conferences throughout the year, including two conferences at the same time as the show: The 3rd Annual LightingTech Qatar from May 9-10, 2016; the 2nd Annual Future BIM Implementation Qatar from May 11-12, 2016; the 1st Annual Smart Parking Qatar, which was held from April, 18-19, 2016; the 3rd Annual Future Interiors Qatar from September 5-6, 2016; The 3rd Annual Future Landscape & Public Realm Qatar from October 24-25, 2016; the 3rd Annual Future Drainage Networks Qatar from December 5-6, 2016.
How does Project Qatar benefit the exhibitors in generating business leads, along with developing business in the Middle East?
As per our last year´s statistics that were audited by the auditing firm KPMG, 10 per cent of our trade visitors came from regional markets such as the UAE, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain. This is an indicator that there is a need for buying or venturing into new business fields. Qatar is positioning its place as a regional hub for business investors and commuters due to its abundance in terms of natural wealth, and its clear openness for attracting foreign investment.
Over the past 12 years, Project Qatar has established itself as the definitive avenue for tens of thousands of leading manufacturers and exporters from all over the world and hundreds of thousands of local and regional importers and industry professionals.