FM opens Project Qatar
First Deputy Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs
H E Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani yesterday inaugurated
Project Qatar 2007 at Qatar International Exhibition Centre (QIEC).
Some 500 companies from 33 countries participating in the largest
trade event ever organized in Qatar.
The ceremony was attended by H E Yousuf Hussein Kamal, Minister of
Finance, ambassadors and commercial counselors of the participating
countries, Qatari officials, Rashid Al Sraiya Al Kaabi Chairman of
IFP Qatar and Albert Aoun, Chairman of IFP Group the organizers of
the fair, Abdullah Al Nuaimi General Manager of QIEC, exhibitors and
members of the press.
Also present at the opening was Roger Dager -Chief
Communication Officer of United Development Company (UDC) the
Platinum sponsor of the show, Faisal Mohammad Al Sulaiti - Chairman
Gulf Warehousing Company, Nasser Jassem Darwish - Vice Chairman
Darwish Group and Charles Moncrieff, CEO HSBC Bank Qatar the Diamond
sponsors, and Mana Chairman of Century 21 - Qatar the Silver sponsor
of the event.
Sheikh Hamad toured the stalls at the exhibition and welcomed all
the international participants to Qatar and encouraged them to
invest in Qatari projects, stressing on the government's strategy to
attract investment in all sectors of the Qatari economy.
Rashid Al Kaabi, Chairman of IFP Qatar, organizers of the fair, said
that Project Qatar 2007 is the largest international trade event
staged in Qatar. "We had to add 5000 meters of additional buildings
at QIEC to host the large demand for space from around the world"
said Al Kaabi.
Al Qaabi added that the current 4th edition of
Project Qatar is expected to attract more visitors than in any
previous years. "More than 15,000 professionals from Qatar and the
neighbouring countries will attend Project Qatar showcasing the
latest technologies in building materials, equipment, technologies
and services, interior finishes, stone and marble, electrical
engineering, HVAC and environment protection technology needed to
meet the boom we are witnessing in Qatar".
Albert Aoun, Chairman of IFP Group, said that Project Qatar "has
become the annual rendezvous for hundreds of International and
Qatari firms to meet and do business with thousands of industry
professionals from Qatar and the region".
"Project Qatar 2007 has attracted over 500 exhibitors from 33
countries. Official country pavilions at the show include those from
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece,
Italy, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, the UAE, UK and
Qatar, joined by individual international exhibitors from Bahrain,
Brazil, Canada, India, Iran Kuwait, Ireland, Jordan, New Zealand,
Russia and Thailand.
The Qatari participation this year is at a record high, with scores
of Qatari manufacturing and traders presenting their latest
technology, building products and equipment from Qatar and from
around the world, added Aoun.
He also noted that for the first time in Qatar, a delegation of 60
Iraqi businessmen from the Anbar Business Association are attending
Project Qatar lead by the Governor of Al Anbar Province and a
delegation of officials and project managers.
IFP Qatar is also the organiser of two international trade fairs
serving the Qatari economy: "Diyafa 2007" - the 3rd Hotel,
Restaurant and Food Exhibition, and "Ekar Invest Qatar 2007" - the
Real Estate, Investment and Banking for Qatar and the GCC. The two
shows will be held at the brand new Qatari International Exhibition
Centre (QIEC) adjacent to Doha International Hotel, from November
Project Qatar 2007 is open for professional visitors daily from 4 pm
to 10 pm from April 2 to April 5, 2007.