Project Qatar Preview

A look ahead to the biggest building trade show in Qatar

ANALYSIS, Projects, Infrastructure, Project Qatar, Trade show

Construction industry exhibition, Project Qatar, expects to attract up to 24 international pavilions with 47 countries taking part.

Now in its 11th year, the event takes place at Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) for four days from May 12. The newcomers making their debut in 2014 are Indonesia, Palestine and Romania.

Qatar continues to be a key target market for firms, with the FIFA 2022 World Cup and the Qatar National Vision (QNV) 2030 dominating activity in the construction and projects sector. The impending World Cup in Qatar is generating lots of attention, but the delivery of the QNV, which has four pillars related to social and human development, may be more significant in the long run.

High profile projects underway or announced include: Qatar Rail and Metro Project, Hamad International Airport, New Port Project Qatar, Doha Bay Crossing, Lusail Real Estate Development, Education City, Msheireb Downtown Doha, Doha Festival City, and five new primary healthcare centres, as well as four hospitals at Hamad Medical City.

Participants will head to Project Qatar in the knowledge that work is only likely to ramp up in the coming years, which should provide ample opportunity for new business. One such player is Armti, a supplier for building automation systems.

Managing director Rasoul Moghaddam says he expects there to be more opportunities in Qatar this year.

“You can see from the last few years how much Qatar has grown based on how many mega-projects it has in the pipeline. All of them show that Qatar is in demand for people who love a challenge,” he said.

Moghaddam says his firm is currently working on projects at Al Wajba Place, and Ras Laffan for Qatar Petroleum to name just two. “Each one of them has a great story about automation, control and energy saving,” he says.

Another exhibitor at the event will be Al Fahel General Services, which is a specialist in maintenance and interior decoration. CEO Khalid Al-Sharshany says: “For our company this exhibition is a chance to meet most of the decision makers in the area; also to know the leading companies who are working in the construction field in Qatar and the Gulf. We are looking to see more products and manufacturers to increase our quality to get involved in new projects.”

Al-Sharshany says the firm is involved in a residential project in Wakra, carrying out finishings and interior decorations work. It is also working on some offices and a restaurant in Azizia.

“We are planning to get involved in bigger, more prestigious projects, as our new products have a lot of features and benefits like being waterproof, self-fire extinguishing, non-flammable, heat-proof, weather resistant, etcetera,” he says.

Some 30 firms are expected to fill out the French pavilion at Project Qatar. One such firm is Delabie, a family-owned business that supplies water controls and sanitary equipment. Product manager Darryl Menezes says it has been providing products in Qatar since 2008 through its exclusive distributor Al Uthman Mechanical Trading & Contracting Company.

Recently, the firm’s healthcare range of sanitary faucets and bathroom accessories was approved for installation at the communicable disease clinic at Rumailah Hospital for Hamad Medical Corporation. It will be introducing a number of new products at the exhibition.

Britain’s Annicom is another confirmed exhibitor at this year’s event. The firm says it will be showcasing its range of HVAC and BMS sensors and peripherals. Two new products in this range include the AX-GS-CM-V, a wall mounted carbon monoxide sensor; and the AX-TE-RTX, a range of new temperature transmitters.

Also participating is FAMCO. Samuel Zidan, general manager – FAMCO Oman and FAMCO Qatar, told CW that it is bidding on all tenders to do with generators and forklifts in addition to promoting its rental operation for customers that require a minimum six month-usage for products. Zidan says it will be obtaining new dealerships in 2014 “which will enrich our product portfolio and support us in acquiring a stronger market share”.

Canada’s Kryton International says it will once again be attending Project Qatar. Middle East regional manager, Fadi Farhat, will be joined by its distributor in Qatar, Al Jaber Structural Protection Co. Kryton is a producer of crystalline waterproofing admixture.

Farhat says Kryton and Al Jaber are working with Contraserve Project Group to waterproof a commercial building on Old Airport Road, and with Silmar Trading & Contracting on a residential flat in Doha.

He adds: “Coming up, Kryton and Al Jaber are excited to be involved with the Al Farjaan Markets Project, as well as the construction of Halul substation.”

Hamilton Litestat, a UK-based manufacturer of decorative electrical wiring accessories, lighting controls and multi room audio systems, will be showcasing its new LEDstat dimmer.

Export area manager Sebastian Bone, says: “We are excited about this because we have at last found a dimmer which is capable of controlling just about any type of dimmable LED, solving a headache which has existed for some time through dimmer incompatibility with many LEDs on the market.”

It will also be showing its Mercury multi room lighting and audio systems that can both be controlled by accessories from the Hamilton range. As well as focusing on Qatar, the firm has recently opened a new showroom in Dubai.

Indian cement producer JK Cement Works will be promoting its new $150mn plant located in Fujairah, UAE. The facility is being set up in technical collaboration with Taheiyo Engineering Corporation of Japan. With the commissioning of the plant, the company says it hopes to become one of the top three producers of white cement in the world.

Power players

Lighting and HVAC technologies are two areas that will be examined in greater detail at this year’s Project Qatar.

Two specialist conferences are being added as a new function of Project Qatar 2014 – LightingTech Qatar and HVAC TechQatar.

LightingTech Qatar will take place on May 12-13, 2014 followed by HVACTech on May 14-15, 2014. Both will be hosted alongside Project Qatar at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha.

LightingTech Qatar 2014 is designed to address lighting industry needs specific to the Qatari market.

It is targeting an audience of architects, designers, specifiers, construction professionals, project owners, as well as government officials and regulators, who will hear from industry experts about innovative projects and systems from across the region, as well as government regulations, industry standards and product certifications.

Moreover, lighting for roads, highways, expressways, stadiums and airports will be tackled in the form of case studies that have been carried out in the local market.

Firms taking part in the event include: Parsons Brinckerhoff, Sutton Vane Associates, Alabbar Energy and Sustainability Group, Arab Engineering Bureau, Philips Lighting, Osram, Mouchel Middle East & Africa, Amey, KEO International Consultants, Light Concept, Designs for Lighting, EPOS design, Theuer Eurolighting Consultancy Lighting Design, Klaasen Lighting Design and Qatar Project Management.

HVACTech, meanwhile, will include information on the requirements for energy and cost efficient cooling and ventilation systems in the country.

It will bring together private and government project owners, planning bodies, contractors and consultants, utility operators and companies (water, power and district cooling), regulators and suppliers.

They will join in a forum to discuss the latest opportunities and challenges in the HVAC and cooling industries and the specific needs of the industry in the Gulf, as well as the opportunities and regulatory environment in Qatar.

Speaking at the conference will be the consortium responsible for delivering the Red Line North of the Doha Metro project, Qatar Foundation, Qatar Project Management, KEO International Consultants, Atkins Qatar, Hill International, Trans Gulf Electromechanical and Arab Engineering Bureau, among others.

Project Qatar organiser IFP Qatar has teamed up with Advanced Conferences & Meetings (ACM) to deliver these events.

ACM managing director Tom Gore said: “LightingTech Qatar and HVACTech Qatar are exciting new platforms for two of the most critical areas of infrastructure opportunities and challenges in Qatar at present.

“These timely, specialist conferences bring together leading players in their respective fields to discuss the very latest case studies and technologies.

“With expert agendas, exclusive networking as well as access to Qatar’s leading construction exhibition, our delegates and sponsors can expect a unique and rewarding event experience.”

Project Qatar is also hosting two concurrent events “Qatar Stone-Tech” and heavy machinery show “HeavyMax” as part of the event.

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