The event offered unparalleled business opportunities and mega deals for the regions construction and infrastructure industry.
As an indicator of Qatars strength in the infrastructure and construction sector, Project Qatar 2014, the 11th International Construction, Technology and Building Materials Exhibition was held on May 12-15, 2014 at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC). Under the auspices of HE Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Project Qatar 2014 was inaugurated by HE Sheikh Ahmed Bin Jassim Al Thani, Minister of Economy and Commerce. This years edition featured 24 pavilions from 47 countries. The exhibition also hosted two concurrent events - Qatar StoneTech, the 3rd International Stone and Stone Technology Show and the Heavy Max 2014, the 11th International Exhibition for Heavy Machinery. Apart from this, it also hosted a new educational platform called the Project Qatar Conference Series that was organised by Advanced Conferences and Meetings. The conference series included LightingTech Qatar, HVACTech Qatar and the forthcoming Future Interiors Qatar scheduled for September 8-9, 2014.
The broad scope of Project Qatar 2014 allowed visitors to liaise with suppliers and exhibitors covering all sub-sectors of the construction industry - from building materials to engineering and design services - to heavy machinery, glass, pumps, steel producers and sustainable wood products. Many of the global leaders and established SMEs exhibited their innovative concepts for the first time. All the companies participated in Project Qatar as it offered a unique and dynamic platform for buyers and suppliers to forge partnerships and propel future developments in Qatars multi-billion dollar construction sector.
Rawad Sleem, Project Manager of Project Qatar, said "Due to the size and scope of infrastructure projects in Qatar, entrepreneurs and companies of the highest caliber were present at Project Qatar 2014 and the demand for this years attendance surpassed our expectations."
Project Qatars diversity has allowed all companies - local and foreign - to come together under one roof and enter a thriving construction market in Qatar that is ripe with opportunities and demand for innovative products, services and solutions. SMEs from both sides of the spectrum are finding clear synergies and commonalities in working with each other and are more likely to build successful long-term partnerships based on technical skills and unique offerings.
A number of successful business partnerships between local and international companies were announced during Project Qatar 2014. Two exclusive JVs were signed between United International Company (UIC), one of the leading companies in Qatar specialising in the business of distribution and sale of sanitary wares, fittings, timber, pipes and pumps and Pilosio, an Italian technology leader in the field of construction and maintenance equipment and a second partnership with Revigres, a Portuguese ceramics company specialising in production of coatings and ceramic floors.
International exhibitors are looking out for numerous opportunities to carry out business in Qatar as they explore the multitude of projects being undertaken in the run up to Qatars $200-billion master plan to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Project Qatar 2014 provided a platform for international exhibitors to obtain a first-hand view of the development plans, meet local operators in the markets, and develop new business partnerships.
At the same time, a number of Qatar-based companies that exhibited at Project Qatar were largely looking for international partners that would enable them to bring new technologies including sustainable and eco-friendly products and services to the local market, and offer local companies an opportunity to expand their business operations outside Qatar.
Taking the legacy forward
With many distributors, agents and buyers coming with specific objectives and purchasing plans, Project Qatar 2014 witnessed many successful business deals. To this Sleem added, "As we conclude this years event, one thing remains clear, Project Qatar continues to be the single-most important construction and building material event in the Middle East exhibition calendar. It has proven to be the best opportunity for exhibitors and visitors to connect, build and foster new relationships and partnerships."
Throughout the four extraordinary days, this years edition of Project Qatar, transformed the QNCC into a unique global business hub, with over 2,100 exhibitors from all over the world covering its entire 41,500 sq m of indoor and outdoor exhibition space.
"This years edition was a huge success and Project Qatar will continue to benefit the economy and support mega-projects that will leave a long-lasting legacy in Qatar long after the 2022 FIFA World Cup. It will also work towards achieving the Qatar National Vision 2030," Sleem concluded. Project Qatar will return to the QNCC from May 4-7, 2015.