HE the Minister of Commerce and Industry Sheikh Mohamed bin Hamad bin Qassim al-Abdullah al-Thani officially opened Monday the 19th edition of Project Qatar, which will run until June 1 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC).
The four-day event, which is being held under the patronage of HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim al-Thani, serves as a significant platform for industry professionals and enthusiasts.
With the support of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and in partnership with the Public Works Authority (Ashghal), Project Qatar 2023 promises to exceed expectations and foster innovative collaborations within the construction sector, the organisers said in a statement.
The inauguration ceremony was graced by several distinguished guests and official delegations, including representatives from Ashghal, Qatar Chamber, Qatari Diar, Qatar Navigation and prominent private sector companies.
Additionally, the ceremony garnered global attention with the presence of over 30 ambassadors from participating countries and numerous international trade delegations who visited the event.
Embracing the principles of Qatar National Vision 2030, this year’s exhibition introduces a dedicated showcase area called ‘Qatar Industries’, aimed at presenting the Qatari industrial sector to an international audience. This initiative aims to expand the reach of local manufacturers and promote their products on a global scale.
Haidar Mshaimesh, general manager of IFP Qatar, said: “The construction market in Qatar is gearing up to enter a new era with the aim to achieve the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030. This new chapter places emphasis on the development of industrial and social infrastructure projects, integrating cutting-edge technologies and elements of smart cities into construction endeavours.
"Over the past 19 years, Project Qatar has consistently kept pace with market trends and requirements, establishing a rich history and playing a pivotal role in this field, positioning itself at the forefront of Qatar's new market phase.
“Project Qatar will continue to assume a leading role in facilitating commercial exchanges between Qatar and the global community, serving as a direct conduit for the sharing and exchange of products, services, and experiences. The presence of esteemed dignitaries at the inaugural ceremony is a testament to the exhibition's value and prominence.”
The exhibition puts a spotlight on Qatar’s remarkable accomplishments in the expansion of the local industries sector over the past few years. With a strong focus on the future of the construction industry in Qatar, Project Qatar 2023 emphasises the pivotal role of technological innovations.
The ‘Smart Cities’ pavilion takes centre stage, featuring a range of providers showcasing cutting-edge, multipurpose advanced technologies utilised in construction projects. This platform highlights the transformative potential of these innovations in shaping the future of the construction sector in Qatar.
Qatar Industries is sponsoring Suhail Industrial Holding Group, the "largest industrial group in Qatar currently in terms of number of factories and value of investment", the statement noted. The group’s pavilion is the largest in the exhibition and showcases its exceptional capabilities.
Qatari Diar, the real estate company established by Qatar Investment Authority, which oversees the implementation of more than 60 projects in 24 countries across five continents with investments valued at $35bn, is participating as an exclusive real estate developer, taking advantage of the occasion to introduce its projects and investment opportunities.
On Monday, the event hosted its first conference session, which will be held for four days with each day focusing on a distinct subject. The first day, titled ‘Q Invest’, delved into the various investment prospects within the Qatari construction sector.
Tuesday's theme, ‘Q Industry’, will explore topics pertaining to industrial growth and domestic production. Themed ‘Q Tech’, the third day will centre on the significance of smart technology in the construction industry, while the fourth day, titled ‘Q Green’, will tackle environmental concerns, sustainability, and eco-friendly construction practices.
Yousef al-Emadi, projects affairs director of Ashgal, delivered an impactful speech during the opening ceremony of the conference. He lauded the exhibition's unwavering dedication to advancing the construction sector, especially in the face of ongoing global challenges.
Providing a sneak peek into the construction projects that will be available in Qatar in 2023 and the following year, al-Emadi urged stakeholders, partners, and anyone interested in the industry to take advantage of the abundant opportunities presented by these projects in Qatar.
The event has attracted some 325 exhibiting companies, including 120 international companies from 25 countries. Eight of these countries have national pavilions while 200 participating companies are local, representing government and semi-government agencies as well as the most prominent private sector entities.
Ashghal is supporting and sponsoring Project Qatar as Strategic Partner while Qatar Tourism is sponsoring the visiting commercial delegations. The exhibition is also supported and sponsored by Qatar Chamber as the Business Community Partner, Qatari Diar (Real Estate Development Partner), Qatar Development Bank (Official Partner), Free Zones Authority (Free Zones Partner), Suhail Industrial Holding Group (Industrial Partner), Al Sraiya Holding Group (Platinum Sponsor), and Midea as (Diamond Sponsor).
Notable participants in the exhibition also include Qatar Navigation (Milaha), QTerminals, HBK and Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros Co, who are Silver sponsors. Modern Home Company, the agent of the Hisense brand, is sponsoring ventilation and cooling for the exhibition.
The Gulf Organisation for Industrial Consulting is sponsoring industrial consulting, while Vodafone Qatar is acting as the Exclusive Communications Sponsor. Gulf Crafts is Trademark Sponsor, while the exhibition has several media partners from the print and digital fields.
HE Sheikh Mohamed bin Hamad bin Qassim al-Abdullah al-Thani using a high-tech screen to officially open the 19th edition of Project Qatar at DECC Monday. PICTURE: Thajudheen
HE Sheikh Mohamed bin Hamad bin Qassim al-Abdullah al-Thani with other dignitaries at the opening of Project Qatar Monday. PICTURE: Thajudheen
HE the Minister touring the exhibition hall with other dignitaries. PICTURE: Thajudheen.
HE the Minister being briefed by an official at a stand. PICTURE: Thajudheen.