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Doha Trade Fair 2012 ends with record attendance

Qatar: Wednesday, January 11 - 2012 @ 10:12

The exhibition that has attracted over 250,000 visitors was organized by Qatar Tourism Authority in collaboration with q.media events and inaugurated by Mr. Mohammed bin Ahmed bin Tawar Al Kuwari, Vice Chairman of Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

According to organizers the new division of the stalls and booths (arranging them by products), has helped increase the competition amongst exhibitors and forced them in a way to lower their prices, while positively benefiting the visitors.

“This year’s Doha Trade Fair was a successful event, and a pleasurable experience to both visitors and exhibitors. Every year, we try our best to come up with a new and enhanced edition of the fair to please all types of visitors, and I think we have succeeded in doing so. As organizers we always try to make sure that we listen to both the visitors’ and exhibitors’ needs and feedback, and implement them because, we believe that this is what will help upscale the event,” Sheikh Sultan bin Fahed Al Thani, events manager at q.media.

“We have received very positive feedback from agents, exhibitors and visitors for the second year in a row. Many exhibitors have already confirmed their participation in next year’s DTF, as well as many business organizations from Cyprus and Czech Republic have shown interest in participating in the next edition of the DTF,” he added.

Over 570 world-renowned exhibitors from 29 countries participated in this year’s DTF, showcasing and selling a wide array of unique, exclusive and traditional products, ranging from silverware, hand-crafts, furniture, crystals to abayas and clothing.

The exhibition has more than fulfilled the expectations and ambitions of the exhibitors, from the way it was managed and divided to how it was kept clean and nicely-decorated at all times.

“I am very happy with the overall outcome of the exhibition. The exhibition was a great opportunity to showcase our products in a professionally-managed and nicely-decorated exhibition, this help us present our products in a more attractive way. Visitors of the DTF 2012 have appreciated our products and prices, so we are definitely coming back next year,” said the owner of ‘Butterfly’, a Tunisian shop which sells arts and crafts items.

These views were echoed by many of the first-time and returning exhibitors, who expressed their excitement about next year’s Doha Trade Fair and have already confirmed their participation and commitment to next year’s edition.

“The exhibition was a massive success; the management has done a great job this year. Visitors loved our products and have shown great interest in them. Our booth is almost empty and we are really looking forward to next year’s exhibition,” said Joan of the ‘Country Krafts’ a Kenyan shop.

The DTF 2012, which ended yesterday, was sponsored by Seqlia, Al-Mutakamelah Tents, Batteel and Al Shohob Company.

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