HE the Minister of Commerce and Industry Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim al-Abdullah al-Thani officially inaugurated Monday the ‘4th Build Your House Exhibition (BYH 2023), which will run until May 18 at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).
The event is under the patronage of HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim al-Thani. The opening was attended by Qatar Chamber chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al-Thani, event organiser NeXTfairs co-founder and general manager Rawad Sleem, and Al Hattab Holding vice chairman Abdul Aziz bin Hattab al-Kaabi.
“This year’s event welcomes more exhibitors and showcases the highest standards from across the world. In addition, we have added another day, increasing the opportunities for attendees to get all the information they need to get their house-building project off the ground,” Sleem said.
After the opening ceremony, the minister was accompanied by other dignitaries during a tour of the exhibition, meeting some of the 250 participating exhibitors, including the Ministry of Municipality, Public Works Authority (Ashghal), Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa), Doha Bank, Décor & More, Living Spirit, Al Hattab Holding, Nabina Group, Nabina Holding, Al Emadi Stones, Rankoussi Group, JA&P Group, Bottega Design, Euro Systems, and other key players from the housing, design, and construction fields.
They also visited international companies from Canada, Iran, Italy, Oman, the UK, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, China, Algeria, India, Jordan, and Türkiye, which are showcasing advanced design and leading materials.
Sheikh Mohamed and other dignitaries also visited the Education Above All (EAA) booth, which demonstrates the work that the EAA Foundation, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, and its human and social legacy programme, Generation Amazing Foundation, which provides schools for hundreds of displaced Pakistani and Syrian children.
Major General Hamad Othman al-Duhaimi, director-general of the General Directorate of Civil Defence-Qatar, said: “The exhibition has rapidly become a collaborative forum for knowledge and practical insight, providing the best procedures for obtaining approvals from license applications, engineering plans, safety systems, and the latest equipment and equipment used in rescue, protection, and security operations.
“It is imperative that we at the Ministry of Interior department, support and provide practical guidance to introduce security and safety measures in homes and private facilities. We highlight the effective role of the General Administration and Civil Defense and the efforts made to upgrade our services to the highest levels of excellence and efficiency.”
John Robertson, president AIA (The American Institute of Architects), Middle East, said: “The exhibition will be a bigger and better event this year, bringing together local homebuilders, contractors, consultants, and suppliers to provide a forum for communication, networking, and education.”
Event partners, Ashghal have supported BYH since its inception in 2020. The event's objectives align with Ashghal's 2018-2023 strategic vision, ‘Excellence in Delivering and Managing Efficient, Sustainable Infrastructure’, and its efforts to make a tangible step towards transforming the objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030.
Jean Saade, chairman of Living Spirit Interior Design, said: “The people we met at Build Your House exhibition are invaluable. We have generated new potential clients and established business relationships with other exhibitors. We also received inspiring feedback from the visitors on the products and designs we showcased during the exhibit.”
The EAA Foundation booth showcases the recent work conducted with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy and its human and social legacy programme, Generation Amazing Foundation, in partnership with Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) to donate 27 tents to use as schools, clinics, and temporary shelters for or displaced communities in Pakistan, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen.
To aid EAA’s work, Qatar's interior design company, Living Spirit, will host a live mural painting created by the internationally renowned painter Giovanni Bressana. Living Spirit’s stand will showcase the mural and auction this to donate 100% of the profits to EAA.
This year's annual student design competition in collaboration with VCUarts University's interior design students allows three shortlisted winners to gain vital industry exposure as they showcase their designs at the exhibition. More than 20 students participated in the design challenge. The winning entries will be announced Tuesday at 3pm.
The Ministry of Municipality's booth encourages visitors to test their knowledge with their daily Doha Municipal Competition. Attendees can participate in the competition each day, and a winner will be drawn at 8pm. The winner will receive a prize for a home agricultural area in his garden.
Attendees can look forward to an enhanced array of services and products from consultants, contractors, suppliers, smart homes, and general service industry leaders. They can participate in the Knowledge Sharing Conference that offers practical workshops from government entities, live Q&As, and a free self-build course. The Knowledge Sharing Conference is open during the four-day event, with daily talks and sessions starting at 11am.
Free event registration for attendees is now available. Visit www.buildyourhouseqatar.com to register.
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