Tribune News Network
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has given its approval for the second edition of the Build Your House Exhibition to be held at the Qatar National Convention Center, the event organiser NeXTfairs for Exhibitions & Conferences announced on Sunday.
The 2021 exhibition will take place from September 20 to 22, under the patronage of Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani.
Rawad Sleem, Co-founder and General Manager of NeXTfairs for Exhibitions and Conferences, said, “The three-day exhibition represents a huge platform that will gather about 150 local and international companies under one roof; providing visitors with various products and advanced technologies in the fields of construction, architectural design, decoration, and contracting, in addition to the technologies of smart and green buildings.”
Sleem expressed his gratitude to the Ministry of Public Health for approving the event, reflecting great confidence in the company’s ability to abide by the precautionary measures against COVID-19. Moreover, it indicates the ministry’s excellent cooperation with private sector companies specialized in organizing events to enhance national economic growth. Sleem added that the Ministry of Public Health had identified a set of precautionary guidelines to ensure the health and safety of exhibitors and visitors, which are: Allowing only fully vaccinated people to enter the event, ensuring that all employees received a 2-dose vaccine, and allocating an isolation area in cooperation with Qatar Red Crescent Society and Qatar National Convention Center- for suspected cases.
He highlighted that an online pre-registration would be required to attend the exhibition, restaurants and cafes won’t participate in the event, a safe distance between individuals will be maintained, while also using social distancing wall and floor’s signs, providing visitors and exhibitors with a comprehensive digital guide to public safety measures, constantly reminding visitors that face masks should be worn, and checking the green colour on Eheteraz App.
Sleem stressed that NeXTfairs is committed to providing global best practices in applying preventive measures against COVID-19 to preserve the health and safety of all visitors and exhibitors. That’s why the company has signed a partnership agreement with Boecker, the global leader in health and safety, to ensure public health and safety during the new edition of BYH exhibition.
Sleem explained that an effective media campaign would be launched during the exhibition, and there will be a special competition for young people to showcase their talents. The competition will be held before the exhibition’s opening, and 20 students from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar) will compete for the best Residential interior designs. Before the competition, the students will be given specialized workshops sponsored by: Jotun Paints, Coolex Al Jaber and Pera Interior. 3 winners will be selected to showcase their designs to the public in a dedicated booth in the exhibition. He also noted that raffle draw prizes would be available, and the grand Prize is a 2021 Ford Ranger XLS that a lucky visitor will win at the exhibition’s closing. In addition to organizing a set of webinars and workshops to cover all the interests of the target audience, allow participants to build partnerships and relationships with industry leaders and specialists, and obtain a certificate of participation.
Sleem added that according to the data published by the Ministry of Finance, 5,045 plots in new citizens’ sub-divisions were delivered with integrated infrastructure including (roads – sewage networks – traffic management – surface and underground water drainage networks – lighting poles – communication networks – water and electricity networks by Kahramaa) within 2020. Moreover, the 2021 budget puts the development of citizens’ lands at the top of its priorities through two phases at a total cost of QR37 billion; the cost of the 1st phase of developing citizen’s lands is QR16.5 billion which includes a total of 11,989 plots in 13 areas, while the cost of the 2nd phase is QR20.5 billion that have 21,424 plots distributed over 19 areas, in addition to projects in fields, such as health and education.
Sleem highlighted that the second edition of BYH exhibition is expected to attract deals worth more than QR400 million, as diversified entities, including government, local, and international companies, specialized in various sectors. That won’t only mean creating an appropriate environment to achieve record-breaking sales directly with the exhibition’s visitors but also include a package of promising opportunities for partnerships and alliances between local and international companies participating in the event, which will positively affect the local market.
He stressed that BYH 2021 exhibition is a first-rate event for designing, renovating, and building houses in Qatar, as it has a strong presence locally that made it one of the top events on the Qatar 2021 calendar.
The new edition will include the latest technologies and sustainable materials in the fields of contracting, architecture, and interior design, especially for clients who plan to create or add new designs and features to their houses or real estate projects.
The exhibition will also provide an opportunity to discover hundreds of smart and modern options that are cost-effective and of excellent quality for designing, building, renovating, maintaining, and developing houses. From choosing the consultant, contractor, and the supplier, to planning, designing, and issuing the licenses, up until managing the project with the contractor to handing over keys sustainably and cost-effectively.