HE the Minister of Commerce and Industry Sheikh Mohamed bin Hamad bin Qassim al-Abdullah al-Thani inaugurated on Monday the 18th International Construction Technology and Building Materials Exhibition (Project Qatar) and the 7th International Hospitality and HORECA Exhibition (Hospitality Qatar), which will run until June 9 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC).
Under the theme ‘One Show, Multiple Opportunities’, Sheikh Mohamed led the inauguration ceremony in the presence of engineer Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, CEO of Qatari Diar, and Fahad Rashid al-Kaabi, CEO of Manateq, as well dignitaries and leading players in the private sector.
More than 300 exhibitors from 30 countries are joining both Project Qatar and Hospitality Qatar, which underlines the significance of the event hosted in Doha ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
After the opening ceremony, the minister toured the exhibition hall alongside a large group of public figures and official delegations, including Public Works Authority (Ashghal), Qatar Chamber, Qatari Diar, Manateq, and Milaha, among others.

The ceremony also witnessed the presence of more than 30 ambassadors representing their respective countries and 16 official trade delegations from around the world, as well as the delegation of the National Real Estate Committee in the Federation of Saudi Chambers.
Haidar Mshaimesh, general manager of IFP Qatar, said: “Since their inception several years ago, Project Qatar and Hospitality Qatar have played an important role in overhauling Qatar’s construction, infrastructure, and hospitality sectors to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
“Today, as the mega event draws near, the two exhibitions set the stage for the business community to meet and network. This high-level crowd is a clear testament to the value of the company's exhibitions and its position.”
Investment Holding Group, which completed a landmark acquisition of Elegancia Group, forming one of the largest conglomerates on the Qatar Stock Exchange, has changed its brand identity and brand name to Estithmar Holding. The group chose the event as a platform for its new name and identity reveal, further validating the confidence shown by the business community in the company’s exhibitions.
Dr Henrik Christiansen, Group CEO of Estithmar Holding Group, said: “In today's rapidly evolving economy, diversification is a key to growth. Through this acquisition, the group is moving steadily towards diversifying its portfolio of investments and projects comprising various economic sectors in the country.
“Our participation in the exhibition as a Diamond Sponsor marks the announcement of a new phase in the group's journey through which we are moving towards becoming the largest and most diverse business group in Qatar.”
Qatari Diar, which is participating for the first time in Project Qatar as the Property Development Sponsor, is implementing and delivering more than 60 projects in 24 countries across five continents with investments worth more than $35bn.
The company, taking advantage of the occasion, introduced its projects and investment opportunities. Its pavilion was the focus of the delegation of the National Real Estate Committee in the Federation of Saudi Chambers, which devoted a large part of its visit to view the projects of the company at the exhibition and through a site visit at the company's projects in the city of Lusail.
Doha has long been a leading destination for Gulf real estate investment, hence it is expected that this visit will restore momentum for Saudi investment in the Qatari real estate market.
On the other hand, Hospitality Qatar is the only exhibition in the country dedicated to hotels, restaurants, and cafes, and the most prominent and prestigious event for local, regional, and international companies working in the tourism and hospitality sector.
The event provides a distinctive opportunity for such companies to promote their brand and attract more publicity, marketing, and eventually business opportunities. Hospitality Qatar promotes the growth of the tourism and travel sector and is an ideal platform to help all participants from producers, suppliers, and experts move towards a new era in the sector's development.
The event has attracted over 300 companies, including 180 international firms from 30 countries, seven of which will participate through official national pavilions, along with 120 Qatari companies from major government and semi-governmental agencies and prominent private sector entities.
Ashghal is sponsoring and supporting the exhibition as Strategic Partner, while Qatar Chamber is Business Community Partner and Qatar Tourism is sponsoring the hosted buyers programme.
Other sponsors are Manateq (Economic Partner), Qatari Diar (Property Development Sponsor), Investment Holding Group (Diamond Sponsor), Suhail Industrial Holding Group (Industrial Partner), Al Sraiya Holding Group (Platinum Sponsor), Metito (Gold Sponsor), Milaha and QTerminals (Silver Sponsors), and Vodafone (Innovation Partner).