Project Qatar 2013 concludes with positive sentiments
The 10th International Trade Exhibition for Construction Technology, Building Materials, Equipment and Environmental Technology turned out promising for a number of exhibitors.
Started on May 6, Project Qatar 2013 concluded on Thursday, May 9. The 10th International Trade Exhibition for Construction Technology, Building Materials, Equipment and Environmental Technology for Qatar showcased latest advancements in construction technology and building materials by the exhibitors from across the world. Apart from companies and project managers from around the world, government officials, ambassadors, and trade ministers were also spotted in the four-day event.
This year, Project Qatar ended with mixed sentiments. Representatives of construction machine companies were positive about the usefulness of displaying their tools at the event. It was the eighth time Sayes Machineries showcased their products, and the response, according to the company’s sale executive, was “brilliant”. The first day of Project Qatar 2013 received about 11 thousand visitors, claimed a press release from IFP Group.
Representatives of construction machine companies were positive about the usefulness of displaying their tools at Project Qatar 2013.
More than USD110 billion (QAR400 billion) in projects have been announced to be awarded in Qatar, making it an attractive destination for building materials companies across the world. This year 2083 local and international companies participated in the exhibition. Apart from the companies dealing in construction tools and materials, the event also features stalls of large-scale office and home furnishing companies. Krish, director of Gulf Crown Furniture, who came from Dubai to seek contracts for furnishing entire residential buildings said, “I am finding Doha to be a promising market for contract furnishing.”
For some first-timers, however, Project Qatar 2013 did not meet their expectations. Representative of a Turkish marble company Moonstone suggested that the weak response could be because of low overall demand for the product, “Marble companies’ place is not good in Qatar…they don’t seem to like the industry.”
The reasoning could be true. On the one hand, there has been an increasing interest in sustainability of on-going projects in Qatar, which could have affected the demand for previously sought-after products like marble tiles for flooring. On the other hand, heavyweight products like marble could have been avoided due to the limited capacity of the port in Qatar. The assumption was reinforced by the representative of a Spanish wooden flooring company, who said that the response had been overwhelming so far.