Some 100 UAE companies will participate in Project Qatar 2013 as the exhibition hosts the largest national pavilion at 2,100 sqm, it was announced by the organizers IFP Group on Saturday 27 April during a press conference held in Dubai.
The conference was held to announce the 10th edition of Project Qatar, the region’s leading building trade exhibition, which is scheduled to take place from May 6 to 9 at the Doha Exhibition Centre. This highly successful show is annual international trade, construction, building, environmental technology and materials exhibition. The event attracts key buyers and industry leaders looking for the most up-to-date technology and state-of-the art equipment available on the market.
Featuring over 2,500 exhibitors from over 50 countries housed in a 70,000sqm space, the exhibition is split into four distinct sectors: construction technology, building materials, equipment, and environmental technology.
Announcing details of the Project Qatar at the press conference, Bassel Amaneddine, General Manager of IFP Emirates said: “All eyes are on the Qatari construction market and Project Qatar is proud to provide companies from UAE with a powerful platform that supports major transactions and growth in a key market. With record-setting attendance of Emirati exhibitors each year, Project Qatar and IFP– together with Dubai Export and the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry – have become strong partners, empowering companies in the GCC to grow their businesses.”
“We are grateful for the continued participation of key players such as Emirates Steel. With a 2,100 square meter national pavilion, the largest at Project Qatar for three years running, and participation from Emirati exhibitors such as Valbruna Gulf FZE, Unique factories, Sayes, Simco, Hadelay, Gale Pacific and many others who have attended Project Qatar for several years, we celebrate the UAE’s participation and commitment to Project Qatar as we enter our 10th year,” Amaneddine added.
“50,000 visitors are expected at the show compared to 45,995 visitors in 2012,” noted Amaneddine.
“Last year, UAE companies signed 17 deals worth $60 million with Qatari and international companies at Project Qatar,” said Mohammed Ali Al Kamali, the director of Exports Markets Development at the Dubai Exports Development Establishment. “Trade between Qatar and UAE has reached massive values over the last decade, suggesting growing complementary business relationship,” he added.
Al Kamali said that Dubai’s trade with Qatar increased by 50 per cent to $2.5 billion in 2012 compared to 2011.
“The UAE’s participation in Project Qatar is always considered as the biggest participation, and we at Dubai Exports participate and organize the UAE pavilion on a yearly basis and it is one of the biggest exhibitions in our agenda every year. Project Qatar is offering a great business platform to UAE companies. Project Qatar provides immense business opportunities for UAE companies,” he said.
“The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry helps Sharjah and Emirati companies realize new opportunities in key markets for their top quality products,” said Mohammed Al Amin, assistant director for economic and international affairs at the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
“This is the sixth time we are participating in Project Qatar,” said Mubarak Al Khaili, Emirates Steel SVP of Marketing. “We believe that this exhibition is an important event for us. It has offered us many opportunities and this time we also plan to showcase all our range of products for visitors to view”.
Mohammad Mustafa Abdul Aziz, senior trade commissioner of the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation, said: “The participation of Malaysian companies at this event is aimed to further forge more partnerships and joint ventures with local Qatari authorities and project owners to undertake projects in Qatar.”
Natapong Boonjing, executive director of the Thai Trade Centre, said: “The Thailand pavilion for Project Qatar 2013 will be represented by top executives from across the spectrum of the Thai building materials, furniture and electrical industry.”
Simona Autuori, deputy trade commissioner of the Italian Trade Commission, said: “The Italian Trade Commission, Trade Promotion Section of the Italian Embassy, covering the UAE, Oman and Qatar, is proud to be part of Project Qatar once again, having coordinated since 2004 the presence of Italian companies involved in construction and building materials.”