Participants at the recently concluded Project Qatar 2022 and Hospitality Qatar 2022 events at the Doha Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Doha: The 18th International Exhibition of Building Technologies and Building Materials, Project Qatar 2022 and Hospitality Qatar, the 7th International Exhibition of Hospitality and HORECA 2022, culminated in style with more than 17,000 visitors, including many international trade delegations from the construction and hospitality sectors attending the event at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) recently.
The event, held from June 6 to 9, served as a platform for many opportunities, with certified conference sessions and dedicated training to support Qatar’s continued development.
Regarding the construction market in Qatar, about $80 billion (QR291 billion) of the country’s projects, which are ongoing, are for new developments, accounting for a large portion of the investment overall. While the country’s hospitality sector is expected to see an increase in demand with the supply of hotel rooms among other categories, surpassing 44,000 rooms by the end of 2022 – a growth of almost 50% compared to the ‘current supply of 30,000, offering opportunities unmatched by any other market in the world.
Project Qatar and Hospitality Qatar have brought together the major groups of buyers in the construction, tourism and hospitality market, including government entities, private investors and project owners, under one roof to facilitate the need for new businesses, developments and opportunities that will prepare Qatar for the next big thing.
Haidar Mshaimesh, Managing Director of IFP Qatar, organizer of the events, said: “We are proud of the successful completion of the two major events – Project Qatar and Hospitality Qatar 2022, which is the first combined exhibition that has created opportunities for entities and exhibitors to network and forge alliances in the construction and hospitality sectors on a larger scale. We appreciate the support from government, sponsors and exhibitors for making this event a success.”
He added: “The two most important exhibitions demonstrate the opportunities created for entities and exhibitors to act and build alliances, strengthening the construction and hospitality sectors in Qatar ahead of the FIFA World Cup. Fifa. Thanks to the Qatar project, the main manufacturers, distributors and subcontractors had the opportunity to dialogue with their counterparts. We are pleased to see the positive results of these fruitful interactions.”
Project Qatar awarded the “Excellence in Stand design and build” certificates to a selected group of exhibitors in recognition of the best practices they demonstrated through their stands at the event. The event, billed as “one show, multiple opportunities”, was the last major international business event before Qatar hosts the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Over 300 exhibiting companies, from more than 180 companies including seven participated in official national pavilions, along with 120 Qatari companies from major governmental and semi-governmental agencies and leading private sector entities benefited from the mega project.
Among the participants was a large delegation of more than 25 members of the National Real Estate Committee of the Federation of Saudi Chambers, which was the highest Saudi private sector business delegation to visit Qatar since the return to normal relations. between the two countries.
While the first day of the conference highlighted some of the latest and upcoming development and hospitality initiatives taken by Qatar under the theme ‘Past, Present and Future’, the theme of the second day focused on supporting Qatar’s future, providing business solutions and insights to drive sustainability in the hospitality and construction sectors.
The third day ended with the theme “Smart City Qatar – A look at the future of smart cities”. Topics covered at the conference include dynamic crowd modeling, designing smart pedestrian spaces, AI for smarter and more efficient road infrastructure and operations, optimizing FM and digital spaces with “intelligences of AI and IoT, and ‘The Perfect Place to Stay – The Smart Hotel’ among many others.
A special Salon Culinaire competition was also held during the event to test the skills of chefs from across Qatar in a lively and lively show environment. “Investing in Qatar – Beyond 2022”, a special session was held with IPA Qatar on promoting and encouraging foreigners to invest in Qatar.
The Hosted Buyers program, which is Hospitality Qatar’s dedicated B2B platform, has facilitated business ventures and maximized return on investment for participants, through expanding their business networks and signing deals on the spot. .
The MEGA Projects Qatar 2022 conference also held exclusive certified conference sessions and dedicated trainings during the event. Both annual events will return in 2023, promising new developments and wider industry participation. The events will continue to provide meaningful support to Qatar’s sustainable development goals and contribute to its economic progress.