Cityscape Qatar is shining the spotlight on the future of the region’s real estate as the 10th edition of the event was officially opened on Monday by HE the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Sultan bin Rashid al-Khater.
The event, which will run until June 22 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC), is highlighting the latest real estate project launches in the region ahead of Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
More than 60 exhibitors from Cyprus, Egypt, Pakistan, Turkey, the UAE, the UK, and Qatar are prepared to meet visitors to discuss the region’s real estate industry and unveil a variety of prominent development projects.
Following the undersecretary’s tour of the exhibition hall, Qetaifan Projects announced during an unveiling ceremony that ‘Meryal’ is the name of the Qetaifan Island North Waterpark.
Qetaifan head of Business Development Sheikh Nasser bin Abdulaziz al-Thani said, “Over the next three days at Cityscape, we will be officially announcing our waterpark name and launching our Retail Plazas project. Alongside the launches, visitors will have the final chance to purchase the last remaining villa plots for sale ahead of fully selling out our latest projects.”
Also taking place yesterday was the first of a series of free ‘Cityscape Talks’ conference sessions, which is aligned with the four pillars of Qatar’s National Vision 2030: sustainable, resilient, affordable, and liveable.
The agenda included talks on the digitalisation of Qatar’s real estate sector by Aqarco leadership; a look at the green legacy for Qatar by hospitality leaders Raffles & Fairmont Doha, InterContinental Doha the City, and Cundall; as well as a strong focus on sustainable construction and how the country’s real estate market may look after this year’s FIFA World Cup by Qatar ValuStrat.
Speaking at the conference, Orjan Lundberg, sustainability expert, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), said: “We see that the FIFA World Cup has been and is still a catalyst for national development on many fronts, including carbon incentives. Sustainability has been a core topic for this event from the planning stage.
“The feedback we have received so far from FIFA is that this is the most comprehensive sustainability programme they have had to date. However, we do need the support of the wider real estate and hospitality sectors to support us in achieving a big sustainability push nationwide.”
For the duration of the event, visitors can meet leading developers, including DAMAC, Regal London Properties, Aqarco, and Akam Developments. The industry is gearing up for a busy event season in Qatar with new projects offering investors state-of-the-art residential developments, commercial units, and luxury hospitality projects.
Aqarco chairman Dr Ahmad al-Khulaifi said, “The importance of bringing together investors, developers, and government entities for better collaboration ahead of the country’s busy international event schedule is essential.”
He added: “Cityscape Qatar is the right platform for us to introduce Aqarco into the market after our launch earlier this year. The platform allows real estate developers, investors, and potential clients to meet and understand the demands of the market as we approach a busy period for Qatar.