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Posted On: 26 June 2013 12:53 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:13 pm

Summer Doha Trade Fair begins at exhibition centre today

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Organisers of the summer edition of Doha Trade Fair 2013, which opens today at the Doha Exhibition Centre, expects daily footfalls to reach 40,000. “We hope the number of daily visitors to continue increasing from 30,000 during the last edition to 40,000, which is a big number compared to other exhibitions in the Middle East,” said Exhibition Director, Maher Eid. Latest statistics put daily number of visitors to the fair at 30,000 but because of the coming Ramadan when there is an expected rush of shoppers, organisers expect the number to rise to 40,000. Considered the biggest shopping carnival in Qatar, Doha Trade Fair is held biannually with its last edition held in January this year. For its summer edition, the fair witnessed an increase in the number of stalls from nearly 560 last January to 570. The number of companies who filed request to take part in the expo had reached 2000, but less than half of them were granted because of space constraints, according to Jaber Al Mansouri, General Manager of Maraya, who is organizing the expo for the third time. “We only chose 570 out of the 2,000 requests because of lack of space, and many of the companies who expressed desire to take part in the event were included in the waiting list,” he said, adding the companies hail from 30 countries. The exhibition comprises four sections including fashion and accessories, household products, perfumes and cosmetics, and food. In addition, there is a 3,000sqm Entertainment Tent where live music and cultural shows will be staged. It also includes a children’s zone where the young ones can enjoy inflatables, face painting and mascots as their parents shop. A parade is also being held at the venue from 2pm daily. The additional events for this edition of the fair, Al Mansouri said, are set to attract more visitors, resulting to an increase in the number of footfalls. Organised in cooperation with Qatar Tourism Authority, Doha Trade Fair 2013 runs until July 6 at the 15,000sqm Doha Exhibition Centre.