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Posted On: 2 April 2013 03:41 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:12 pm

International carpet expo begins

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Hundreds of carpets made by leading manufacturers around the world are showcased at the third Qatar International Carpet Exhibition (QCarpet 2013) which opened yesterday at the Doha Exhibition Centre. Some of the largest manufacturers and distributors of carpets from Iran, Egypt, China, Iraq, Pakistan, Qatar, Syria, and the UAE brought the carpets which come in various sizes, colours, design and materials. Most of the exhibitors at the exhibition which occupies an area of 5,000sqm are from Iran, the leading producers of handmade carpets in the world. “Any exhibition organised in Qatar helps in stimulating economic activities and promotes tourism especially if it is being conducted continuously,” Nasser Ahmed Al Meer, Qatar Chamber board member, told reporters after inaugurating the week-long expo. Al Meer said specialised exhibitions like QCarpet 2013 are of great help for consumers to easily purchase the product they want and for manufacturers to exhibit their products of best quality. It is Qatar Chamber’s role to support economic activities that help the Qatari economy which includes encouraging foreign investment, said Al Meer. “I came to know from some exhibitors they have branches in other GCC countries but none yet in Qatar. I hope they open their branches here and if they face any difficulties, we will try to solve them together. Our role is to support economic activities which serve the Qatari economy and we are always ready to help anyone who wants to invest in Qatar,” he said. Concerning the difficulties faced by some exhibitors in getting entry visa to Qatar, he said “Had we been informed about that earlier we would have facilitated it in collaboration with concerned government bodies.” One of the highlights of the seven-day exhibition is live demonstrations by some companies on the process of carpet weaving. QCarpet 2013 is open to the public until Sunday from 10am to 10pm at the Doha Exhibition Centre.