French flair at Project Qatar
Thirty companies set to exhibit at event in May
Some 30 French companies will be exhibiting at Project Qatar, which takes place 12 – 15 May.
The pavilion, organised by UBIFRANCE – The French Agency for the International Development of Companies – will be a veritable hotbed of French construction sector savoir-faire at an exhibition that is fast becoming a reference for participants.
While some French companies present at the pavilion via their local subsidiaries are also global leaders, the profession as a whole is fairly fragmented: about 347,000 French companies employ some 1.5mn workers and represent total sales of 129bn Euros ($179bn).
Their wide scope of activity is reflected in the diversity of the exhibitors, nearly a third of whom are present for the first time at this trade show. They are specialists in concrete, plaster, worksite accommodations, sanitation, electricity, transport/lifting and woodworking machines.
The decoration sector will also be represented with specialists in lighting, interior/exterior doors, technical textile and a professional aquarium designer, to name a few.
The third largest GCC market with $10.4bn of contracts awarded, including 4/5th in transportation infrastructures, Qatar imported nearly $1.3bn of construction equipment and materials in 2012. The construction industry alone represents 5.66% of the country’s GDP.
Decidedly Francophile, Qatar massively invests in real estate and luxury hotel properties in France. It is currently a majority shareholder of PSG, the French capital’s football club, and holds shares in many major French companies.
The French Pavilion at Project Qatar aims to strengthen existing partnerships and develop new joint-ventures, promote the Made-in-France model, and make solid connections with local contractors, distributors and agents.