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Strategically located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, Qatar combines the attractions of a dynamic and forward-looking modern society with the charms and traditions of its deeply-rooted culture. One of the world’s most prosperous and rapidly developing economies, Qatar has also emerged in recent years as a rapidly developing leisure and business events destination.

Mr Ahmed Al Obaidli
Mr Ahmed Al Obaidli 

Director of Exhibitions

Location

Hemisphere: Northern
Continent: Africa/Middle East
Country: Qatar
City: NA

Components

International Airports: 1
Currency: Qar or Qatari Riyal
Number of Hotels: 125
Number of Convention Centres: 2

Country Overview

Strategically located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, Qatar combines the attractions of a dynamic and forward-looking modern society with the charms and traditions of its deeply-rooted culture. One of the world’s most prosperous and rapidly developing economies, Qatar has also emerged in recent years as a rapidly developing leisure and business events destination.

CVB Overview

To achieve the Next Chapter’s targets of the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy, Qatar’s leadership has approved a new governance structure for the tourism sector in order to coordinate, consolidate and focus efforts of its key members and stakeholders. This new governing body, the National Tourism Council (NTC), will replace Qatar TA. The council will report to a board chaired by HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Prime Minister. Three new entities will be established and will operate with oversight from the NTC including Qatar Business Events Company responsible for managing Qatar Business Events and its venues.

Knowledge Hub Overview

Qatar’s investment in education, biomedical research, oil & gas, and culture, has given rise to knowledge hubs that attract renowned professors, scientists, engineers and art connoisseurs. This has raised Qatar’s profile as an events destination where attendees can learn and share knowledge in world-class venues and the spaces beyond.

Significant Convention Centres

Qatar’s main conference and exhibition venues are the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) and the more recently opened Doha Exhibition and Conference Center (DECC), both of which offer PCOs and event organisers state-of-the-art facilities and great flexibility to tailor the venue to their needs and save on set-up costs.

Access

Qatar Airways, winner of the ‘World’s Best Airline’ award, connects Doha to more than 158 key business and leisure destinations across six continents. The state-ofthe-art Hamad International Airport (HIA), which opened in April 2014, is conveniently located just south of Doha city. It can handle 8,700 passengers per hour and will gradually increase capacity from 30 million passengers to 50 million per year.

Accommodation

Qatar’s hotels boast the best guest experience in the Middle East, according to the Olery Guest Experience in the Middle East report. Its top hotels offer everything to stage a professional conference or meeting. All hotels have experienced, multi-lingual staff dedicated to the needs of corporate and business clients

Pre-Post Convention Tours

Qatar offers a wide range of attractions, including fine museums, galleries, public art installations, archaeological sites, forts and towers, as well as vibrant and modern living spaces.

DMC's/PCO's

The country has a number of well-qualified and experienced destination management companies (DMCs) and professional conference organisers (PCOs).

Visa-free entry

Qatar is the most open country in the region and the 8th most open in the world. Citizens of more than 80 countries, including China, Russia and India can enter the country visa-free; a multi-entry waiver is issued free-of-charge at the port of entry, upon presentation of a valid passport with a minimum validity of six months and a confirmed onward or return ticket.

Knowledge Hubs

Construction
Education
Medical Sciences/Healthcare
Oil/Gas/Electricity/Energy
Sports & Leisure

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Recent/future
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conventions

All Together Better Health 2020 International Conference (ATBH)

Venue:

Numbers: 500
Event Date: 2020

Les Clefs d'Or - Union Internationale des Concierges d'Hotels Congress

Venue:

Numbers: 900
Event Date: 2021

54th International Conference and General Meeting of Hostelling international (HI)

Venue:

Numbers: 120
Event Date: 2022