Over the course of four days, Project Qatar 2015, the 12th International Construction Technology and Building Materials Exhibition, transformed the Qatar National Exhibition Centre into an international construction and trade hub, allowing 2000+ companies and brands to spread over 41,500 sqm of exhibition space.
Under the patronage of HE Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Project Qatar 2015 attracted 1130 exhibitors from 40 countries, showcasing their products and services across 21 pavilions, thus showing the persistent growth of the exhibition.
Hundreds of pre-arranged Business to Business (B2B) meetings between leading companies and visitors took place during the exhibition. Apart from enabling professionals to share best practices, and explore state-of-the-art technology, the meetings translated into business deals. Integral to this success was the enhancement of Project Qatar’s B2B matchmaking platform, which demonstrates the importance of the continuous innovation that Project Qatar stands for.
George Ayache, General Manager at IFP Qatar LLC, stated: “Project Qatar 2015 has welcomed thousands of professionals from around the world. Once again, we provided insight into the latest technology, informed about important industry trends through our educational and trade-related features, especially the new PQ workshop series that included 8 successful workshops, and enabled visitors and exhibitors to strengthen their professional networks. The number of deals discussed during our many B2B meetings is evidence of the value Project Qatar generates.”
Among the highlights of the show this year were the new Project Qatar Workshop Series, the PQ Site Tours and the PQ Business Intelligence Series. The show also included the yearly “Heavy Max 2015,” the 12th International Exhibition for Heavy Machinery, and “Qatar Stone Tech 2015,” the 4th International Stone and Stone Technology Show.
Innovation has not only come to be an outcome of Project Qatar, but is also integral to the exhibition itself. This year, IFP Qatar LLC introduced the Project Qatar Workshop Series, in collaboration with the Qatar Chamber of Commerce, to advance understanding of commercial and educational aspects in the construction industry. Focused on trending technology and themes fundamental to sector, the series addressed topics as diverse as manufacturing investment opportunities in Qatar, heat management and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). It also hosted a several governmental and semi-governmental bodies, including Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting (GOIC) and British Standards Institution Group Middle East WLL, among others. Given the breadth of Project Qatar, these workshops were widely visited, enabling delegates to enhance their expertise in specific fields.
Commenting on her company’s participation in this year’s exhibition, Sabine Geiter, Head of Marketing & Communications at MAN Truck & Bus Middle East and Africa FZE, stated: “At Project Qatar 2015 we exhibited our latest construction truck as part of our innovative commercial vehicle portfolio. The exhibition gave us a good opportunity to network and share our knowhow with our customers and suppliers and to strengthen our position in the Qatari market.”
Over the coming years, the construction sector will remain central to Qatar’s economy, as less than half of the country’s GDP is derived from hydrocarbons. Industry professionals worldwide have recognized the range of opportunities available across the Gulf, and Project Qatar remains committed to provide the knowledge and technology enabling innovation and development. The conclusion of this 12th edition is the onset of further projects and major opportunities.