(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Construction and transport projects continue to make up the bulk of planned projects in Qatar, the organisers of the upcoming 'The Big 5 Construct Qatar have said.
After a successful launch edition in 2018, The ‘Big 5 Construct Qatar' will return to the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC) from September 23 to 25, dmg events (Doha) said.
The key event is supported by the Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC).
First launched last year, when just over half of Qatar's $10bn-plus contracts awarded were in the construction and civil infrastructure sectors, the international construction expo comes back to Doha as industry reports forecast ongoing business opportunities.
'Qatar now has over $150bn worth of known planned and un-awarded projects in the pipeline. It is by far one of the largest future markets in the Mena region and we couldn't be more delighted to return in support of it, said Loubna Aghzafi, country manager, dmg events (Doha).
On the 'Qatar Construction Market Report, released in partnership with MEED Projects, she said, 'Construction and transport projects continue to make up the bulk of planned projects in Qatar, approximately 86% of the total current value in fact, showing that we must continue to bring international and local stakeholders together.
The report highlights key projects including the new Airport City, which will include mixed use development and logistics parks; Sharq Crossing consisting of a tunnel and bridge link between North and South Doha, and the ongoing expansions of Doha Metro and Hamad International Airport.
On the business landscape in Qatar, Aghzafi said, 'Changing legislation in Qatar is also helping to make it an exciting hub for international brands to come and do business; here you find visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries, foreign investors who are able to own 100% of a company, and new Public-Private Partnership (PPP) laws that are reshaping the way large projects are financed.
A platform for international and local construction professionals to meet face-to-face, The Big 5 Construct Qatar hosts products and solutions from the entire building cycle across seven product sectors; MEP services; building interiors and finishes; building envelope and special construction; construction tools and building materials; construction technologies and innovations; concrete; and plant machinery and vehicles.
Furthermore, visitors are guaranteed with a free-to-attend and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified workshop programme with over 30 sessions on offer, which will run across two theatres and multiple themes.
In its inaugural edition The Big 5 Construct Qatar welcomed more than 12,000 participants to the DECC.