Turkish construction companies have participated in infrastructure-related projects in Qatar worth $18bn since 2015, Turkey’s top diplomat here told Gulf Times on the sidelines of Build Your House (BYH) 2022 Exhibition.
Turkish ambassador to Qatar Dr Mustafa Goksu said many companies from Turkey have been part of major infrastructure projects of both the government and private sector, including projects related to the country’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Turkish companies are also known for their products and services in building materials, furniture, construction, and the hospitality sector. He noted that more than 10 Turkish companies are part of BYH 2022, which is running until March 30 at Halls 8 and 9 of the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).
“Aside from the construction of major thoroughfares and other multi-billion projects in the State of Qatar, Turkish companies have participated in the building of many hotels and restaurants, as well as facilities in the hospitality industry here,” the ambassador explained.
He also said, “As the country nears the World Cup, many Turkish companies are still arriving in Qatar to complete the remaining work in different projects related to this major event.”
On Qatar-Turkey bilateral trade, Goksu said the value of both countries' trade volume stood at over $1bn despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. He said, “As the global economy eases out of the pandemic, we are expecting to witness growth in Qatar and Turkey’s bilateral trade in the coming period.”
BYH 2022 is being held under the patronage of HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani. Monday’s opening was officially inaugurated by HE the Minister of Commerce and Industry Sheikh Mohamed bin Hamad bin Qassim al-Thani.
The minister was joined by Rawad Sleem, co-founder and general manager, NeXTfairs for Exhibitions and Conferences, and Abdul Aziz bin Hattab al-Kaabi, the vice chairman of Al Hattab Holding board of directors.