On its first two days, Project Qatar 2016, held under the Auspices of His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, The Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, welcomed an unprecedented number of trade professional visitors showing a 36% increase in total visitors compared to the first 2 days of the previous edition. This shows the huge importance of Project Qatar as the ultimate business platform for the construction industry in Qatar and the region.
Project Qatar’s move to the new venue DECC is also playing a major role in the visitor flow, due to its location in Westbay and the ease of access from the parking to registration and exhibition halls.
Visitors of the show were impressed by the variety of technologies and innovative solutions showcased during the event. They highlighted the importance of the B2B matchmaking platform which allowed them to engage with professionals from the same sector and discuss the newest trends in the construction industry with experts and policy makers. Mr. Martin Castles, Group Commercial Manager of Gulf Contracting Company noted: “We have explored over the last couple of days the latest products and innovations in the construction industry. The local, regional and international exhibitors had the opportunity to network with major officials and policy makers from Qatar and abroad. This one of the largest construction event in the world is essential for growing businesses to enter the booming market in Qatar.”
Visitors of Project Qatar 2016 benefitted during these two days from the new mobile application which provided them with all the information they need during the show such as the floor plan, the exhibitors’ list, the sponsors’ list, the visitors’ registration form, etc.
In the same context, IFP Qatar has decided to invite its international exhibitors to visit some of Qatar’s mega projects. On the first day of site tours, exhibitors visited the Hamad New Port Project, introduced by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, in 2007. As one of the world’s largest greenfield port developments, the HNPP will spread across 26.5 square kilometers.
After visiting this site, Mr. Paolo Mastromauro, Manager at Eurostone Italy said: “Project Qatar provides both exhibitors and visitors with exceptional opportunities to meet with new professionals, officials and decision makers from all around the world to network and discuss the latest trends in the construction sector. What we are seeing here is the future of Qatar.” The free site tour, offered by IFP Qatar, organizer of this event, are actually considered essential for international industry leaders to explore the outstanding development of the infrastructure projects in the state of Qatar.”
As part of the “Project Qatar workshop series”, IFP Qatar LLC, in collaboration with Qatar Chamber of Commerce has also organized five workshops on Day 2, which respectively addressed Product Testing, the Role and Importance of Solar Energy in Today’s Construction Sector, GSAS Awareness, Winning Tenders, Characterization and Properties of local unbound Road Materials. Each workshop was moderated by established industry professionals, including Bob Wells, Global Head of Personal Safety at the British Standards Institution Group Middle East WLL, Ph.D. Ashraf Adel Shawky, Associate Professor of Reinforced Concrete Structures, Structural Engineering Department at Educare| Gherass, Jean Paul Peteza, Senior Consultant- Sustainability at Excelledia, Osman Mohamed Idris from Qatar Construction Sites and Karen Tillion at Fidic.
Participants at Project Qatar 2016 will also be able to attend specialized conferences, which will be held concurrently throughout the year, including 2 conferences at same time as the show. Attendees of The 3rd Annual LightingTech Qatar, which took place on 9 and 10 May 2016, discussed balancing design, engineering, compliance and incorporation of developing technologies to meet the challenges and opportunities of Qatar's rapidly developing lighting industry.
Two major events will be once again held this year concurrently with Project Qatar. These events include “Qatar Stone Tech 2016,” the 5th International Stone and Stone Technology Show, and “Heavy Max 2016,” the 13th International Exhibition for Heavy Machinery.
Given the positive feedback received from both exhibitors and visitors regarding the first two days of the event, Project Qatar 2016 is once again proving its major role as the most important construction event in the Gulf region.