Project Qatar History

Building on a decade of history and 13 editions, Project Qatar has been growing exponentially since its inception in 2004, piling up successes and attracting a larger number of professionals every year.

2004: The first edition of Project Qatar was launched at the Qatar International Exhibition Centre (QIEC), attracting over 322 companies and 12 national pavilions, from 22 countries, and covering 11,000 sqm of exhibition space.

2005: Building on its first success, the 2nd edition of Project Qatar welcomed 400 exhibitors and 12 pavilions, from 28 countries, attracting 10,424 visitors.

2006: The show featured 437 exhibitors and 13 national pavilions from 31 countries, which were able to attract 11,713 local, regional and international visitors.

2007: In its 4th edition, the number of exhibitors at Project Qatar reached 450, adding to it 17 national pavilions from 31 countries and attracting 13,729 trade visitors and professionals.

2008: Project Qatar pursued its growth path for the fifth consecutive year, with 542 exhibitors and 19 national pavilions, from 36 countries. The show attracted 18,489 local, regional and international professionals.

2009: The 6th edition of the show moved to the Doha Exhibition Center (DEC), in order to offer its participants and visitors the enhanced experience of a larger exhibition space. Project Qatar covered 36,000 sqm with 21 national pavilions and a skyrocketing number of exhibitors (750) and visitors (26,212).

2010: Project Qatar expanded its exhibition space to reach 39,000 sqm that accommodated its 1,022 exhibitors from 33 countries and the 32,463 local and international visitors it attracted.

2011: Following Qatar’s win of the bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Project Qatar witnessed an unprecedented growth, hosting over 1700 participants from 43 countries and welcoming 43,805 local, regional and international visitors.

2012: Project Qatar continued to grow amid the boom of the construction sector, gathering 2083 exhibitors and 22 pavilions from 48 countries, under one roof. The show attracted the staggering number of 45,995 professionals from 76 countries.

2013: For its 10th anniversary, Project Qatar expanded its exhibition area to 62,000 sqm, welcoming over 2,100 exhibitors from 50 participating countries in 22 national pavilions, and showcasing their products and services to 45,162 visitors.

2014: For its 11th edition, the show moved to the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC), a modern venue with state-of-the-art facilities. Project Qatar hosted 2100 companies displaying their products and latest technologies to 48,953 visitors, within 24 national pavilions from 47 countries.

2015: For its 12th edition, the show continued its succeeding year to the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC). Project Qatar hosted 1,130 exhibitors representing more than 2,000 companies and brands displaying their products to 32,167 visitors, within 21 national pavilions from 40 countries. The show introduced its new and improved B2B matchmaking platform, included several enriching activities such as the “Project Qatar Workshop Series” with 8 successful workshops and organized site visits to 3 mega-projects in the country. Moreover, the Project Qatar Business Intelligence Series was one of the highlights of the show which featured 3 specialized conferences. And as an added bonus, Project Qatar hosted the Second Regional Forum on Arbitration and Construction Disputes.

2016: For its 13th edition, the show moved to a new venue at the heart of Doha in West Bay, the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC). Project Qatar 2016 hosted 663 exhibitors representing more than 1,050 companies and brands displaying their products to 37,683 visitors, within 17 national pavilions from 38 countries. For this edition, the show’s operating hours were also changed to 2 - 9 pm.  The show recorded very high levels of satisfaction for both exhibitors and visitors.

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