Making Qatar a major winter shopping destination, eight-day long biannual Doha Trade Fair (DTF) opened at Doha Exhibition Center, yesterday. Ahmed Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Qatar Tourism and Exhibitions Authority opened the fair in the presence of a number of officials and diplomats from various embassies, ministries and private organisations.
With more than 685 traders participating, DTF 2010 is much bigger and has more in store for the public. “The focus of the exhibition, this time of the year is mainly on winter goods. The venue has more than 500 stands given at a much reduced rate. This is to help the traders to reduce prices of the goods and promote the Qatari market. Hence, to make the prices fair, we will be monitoring the rates of goods in association with the Ministry of Trade and Commerce and various other organisations,” Al Nuaimi told The Peninsula.
To promote Qatar as a key trade center, the exhibition authorities provide all services, security and safety. Also, though, 25 per cent of traders are Qatar based, the international participation has been growing steadily according to Al Nuaimi.
A sprawling area of 15,000sqm of the Doha Exhibition Center has been converted to host traders from 19 countries in the world. Traders from Syria, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman occupy the majority space of 1,806 sqm followed by china alone over 1,191 sqm. Companies making direct sale, traders from Qatar and Europe occupy 1,026 sqm. Added to these are also dealers from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, Tunisia, Lebanon, UAE, Morocco, Egypt and more.
“During the last DTF events of this kind, we had an average of 20,000 visitors each day. This year since the event has become bigger, and the products being offered at lower rates, we expect to see more people. Added to this, the major highlight of this edition will be the activities for families and children. To increase the facilities at the exhibition center, we have put up make shift restaurants outside for refreshments,” he said.
The event will be an exciting opportunity for shoppers to win bumper prize competitions, in addition to thousands of bargains on goods from Asia, Africa, Europe and every country in the Middle East. On display at the eight-day shopping festival is a huge selection of bags, shoes, jewellery, cosmetics, perfumes, furniture, household wares, ready made garments, textiles, wedding dresses, herbal products, carpets, gift items, food and much more at incredible prices.
“Doha Trade Fair is established as a key event in Qatar’s event calendar. At DTF 2010, shoppers will spend more than QR5m, adding significantly to the economy. Every year, dealers come to the Trade Fair to satisfy Qatar’s demand for new and traditional products from around the world,” said Karim Zarka, CEO, Qatar Expo.
The trade fair will be open until January 24 on all days from 10 am to 10 pm, and from 4pm to 11pm on Friday.
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