Date: May 04-07, 2015
Venue: Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC)
Organiser: IFP Qatar
Project Qatar returns in 2015 to offer its exhibitors a new and improved experience.
One of the internationally most vibrant markets, Qatar currently has projects worth an estimated $350 billion either under construction or in the planning stages. The country is developing a $5.5 billion deep-water seaport as well as roadways and highways worth $20 billion. Its GDP is projected to grow by 7.7 per cent this year, with 50 per cent of GDP being derived from the non-hydrocarbon sector.
To tap this growing potential of the industry, Project Qatar 2015, the 12th International Construction Technology & Building Materials Exhibition, will be held at National Convention Centre (QNCC) from May 04-07, 2015. The event will attract key buyers and industry leaders looking for up-to-date technology and state-of-the-art equipment available in the market.
To become a destination of choice for regional and international industry professionals, Project Qatar 2015 will provide a unique and dynamic platform for buyers and suppliers to make contacts and drive future developments in Qatar´s multi-billion construction sector. Exhibitors at the event will benefit from massive exposure to premier regional agents, dealers, buyers and distributors.
Visitors to the event will benefit from the convenience Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) provides including a ready access to 3,200-car parking space, 41,500 sq m of exhibition area and accommodation facilities for 4,000 visitors with over 50 private meeting rooms and VIP suites, equipped with the latest communications technology.
Several conferences will be held alongside the exhibition including the LightingTech Qatar, HVACTech Qatar and Future BIM Implementation Qatar. Moreover, the event this year will also introduce the Project Qatar Workshop Series in collaboration with the Qatar Chamber of Commerce. These workshops will promote the educational and commercial aspect of the construction industry. They will be conducted by governmental and semi-governmental bodies such as the Supreme Committee for Deliver and Legacy (SCDL), Qatar Development Bank (QDB), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), the Qatar Society of Engineers (QSE), the Gulf Organization for Industrial Consultancy (GOIC) and the British Standard Institute (BSI). In addition, the workshop will deal with significant topics, including the GCC Building Materials Industry, Manufacturing Investments Opportunities in Qatar, the ISO 900 and 1400, PMO, etc.
Project Qatar will bring together stakeholders from a wide range of sectors such as aluminum manufacturing and processing, concrete and masonry products, construction and building materials, facilities management, glass and glazing products and technologies, heating, heavy machinery, industrial and commercial cleaning, lighting, mechanical, electrical and plumbing, metal manufacturing, power, stone, ventilation and air conditioning, waste management and recycling, woodwork.
A total of 48,953 visitors attended Project Qatar last year; of these, 45 per cent represented the United Arab Emirates (UAE), 22.5 per cent the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and 6.3 per cent originated from Kuwait. Overall, the number of local visitors exceeded international visitors by nearly six-fold, as there were 41,851 local visitors relative to 7,102 visitors from abroad. Both trends emphasise the appeal and vitality of Project Qatar to stakeholders across the region, not least through the influx of internationally utilized technology and know-how. This year, the number of international exhibitors and visitors is expected to increase potentially as the construction industry continues to grow.
Driven by the Qatar National Vision 2030 which delineates a roadmap to human, social, economic and environmental development, of which construction is an integral part, Project Qatar has, since its inception, benefited from the generous and persistent support of the Qatari Government and the Chamber of Commerce. The exhibition moreover receives support from a range of bodies from across the world, which is a testament to its growing international significance.
Project Qatar exerts influence well beyond Qatar.
The exhibition has become a gateway to the region by providing its participants with insights in to the latest technology, enabling them to strengthen their know-how, and extend their professional network. This combination equips attendees to identify, assess and pursue opportunities in the construction industry, whether in Qatar, the region or elsewhere in the world. As construction projects continue to multiply around the globe, the demand for expertise and scalable solutions further increases. Project Qatar is committed to providing this expertise, and facilitating the formation of networks that make for operations at scale.
The know-how Project Qatar conveys and the network for whose formation it allows will likely contribute to the achievement of the projects pursued by Qatar and the region at large.
Facilities at the exhibition
Project Qatar Business Intelligence Series
IFP Qatar has partnered with ACM to create a series of unique B2B business conferences that give access to expert decision-makers and thought leaders alongside the means to network effectively among new business prospects. Conferences in these series will run both concurrently with the annual Project Qatar exhibitions in May and also independently throughout the year.
These high-level events, based on extensive industry research, guided and supplemented by key industry partners and informed by local market expertise will serve to provide regular business platforms, delivering further competitive advantage to Project Qatar´s clients.
This year we expect around 50,000 professional visitors to the event.
Rawad M Sleem, Project Manager, IFP Qatar, briefs CW on the major highlights of the event and benefits it will accord to its visitors.
How has Project Qatar grown in terms of success? Could you brief us on the growth trajectory of the event, vis-a-vis the construction and infrastructure industry?
A world-class construction exhibition, Project Qatar has developed remarkably since its inception in 2004, mirroring the growth of the Qatari construction market. While 322 companies from 22 countries participated in 2004, 542 exhibitors from 36 countries attended in 2008, and 2,100 companies from 47 countries were present at last year´s exhibition.
What will make this year´s exhibition different from the previous editions?
This year will witness the confluence of new and old exhibitors from across the world, including Austria, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates. Cyprus, who will participate for the first-time, will be represented by the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism along with 10 companies. This year, we are also introducing the Project Qatar Business Intelligence Series, which will complement the breadth of Project Qatar with specialized insight.
What can a visitor expect at Project Qatar this year?
The attending professionals will get an opportunity to explore the latest technology available to the industry, and gain insights into market trends and opportunities, while also enhancing and forming professional ties conducive to long-term success.
What will be the key highlights of the event this year? What kind of business prospects can exhibitors and visitors expect at the event?
We strive to feature the latest technology to familiarise our participants with the equipment to be used for many emerging construction projects. Additionally, we invite participants to tour sites of some of Qatar´s major construction projects. Through these visits, participants will be able to witness the know-how, materials and equipment to which they are exposed at the conference in practice.
What was the footfall witnessed in the previous edition? What is your expectation this year?
In 2014, we recorded 714 local exhibitors and 1,386 international exhibitors - making for an estimated 48,953 attendees. This year, we expect around 50,000 professional visitors to the event.
How does Project Qatar benefit the exhibitors in generating business leads, along with developing business in the Middle East?
As a gateway to the Gulf, Project Qatar is uniquely positioned to not only serve as a platform for professional development and networking, but to provide both within one of the most vibrant economies and construction sectors worldwide. Those participating in Project Qatar will, therefore, be able to assess and seize the many opportunities available in this critical sector.
As an organizer, what are the main challenges you faced this year in setting up the event?
Our team works year-round, considering the sheer number of premier participants from around the world, with the dedication to providing an extensive range of industry insights. Nonetheless, despite the inevitable challenges, we confront in organizing this annual exhibition and are grateful for the generous contributions from the Qatari Government at large, the Qatar Chamber of Commerce, in particular, and the many international supporting bodies.
What makes Qatar the hub of infrastructure development in the GCC? What government policies and industry practices give a boost to the sector?
The continuous growth of the construction sector is largely due to Qatar´s visionary leadership, guided by the Qatar National Vision 2030 with its emphasis on human, social, economic and environmental development. Currently, the non-hydrocarbon sector accounts for 50 per cent of GDP with planned and ongoing construction projects amounting to more than 300 billion.