Over 9,000 visitors walked through the doors eager to check out the latest products on display from the more than 570 international exhibitors.
The opening ceremony kicked off with a festive parade of entertainers, musicians and the fair’s mascots. This was followed by the official inauguration of the ten-day exhibition by Mr. Mohammed bin Ahmed bin Tawar Al Kuwari, Vice Chairman of Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry, in the presence of officials from Qatar Tourism Authority and q.media events.
“I am astounded by the number of visitors, who came specifically to enjoy this shopping extravaganza, which is exclusively offered by this trade show. Every year, we try to create exceptional buzz around the exhibition through bringing a variety of products from different countries that would suit and appeal to all tastes and budgets,” said Sheikh Sultan bin Fahed Al Thani, events manager at q.media.
“The impressive expansion of the DTF, with more exhibitors showing interest in participating every year, reflects the massive success of this bi-annual event and marks Qatar’s flourishing trade market,” he added.
While moving from one aisle to another, visitors can easily find what they are looking for as the pavilions are organized by product category. Visitors are struck by the variety of options on offer, from best-selling items and traditional products to antiques, newly-released household products and electronic gadgets.
“This is a fun and interesting place for families to visit; I come here every year with my family. We are here to check out the latest designs and traditional items. Today, we are bought clothes and handmade accessories, among many other items. There is something for everyone (parents, adults and children) this is why I encourage all Qatari families, and families in general, to visit and buy special products with good prices,” said Khaled from Qatar, who is a loyal visitor of the DTF.
On the opening day of the exhibition, exhibitors exclaimed that the first day was a good start to the new year, with many customers showing interest in the items on display. They collectively expressed that this exhibition serves as an effective marketing and advertising tool for their products.
“The culture of Bahrain is very similar to the Qatari culture and I am sure the Qatari people will be interested in purchasing our products. Our products are unique and specially-made with very high quality. This is my second time attending this exhibition and it has helped my business thrive among our ideal customers,” said Fatima Abdullah Shukrullah from Shelati a Bahraini shop, which sells traditional abbayas and clothes and is participating for the second year in the fair.
According to the streams of people leaving the Doha Exhibitions Center with bags loaded with goods, many factors have made this fair a popular shopping trademark: from its fixed-fair prices and variety of products to the fun family zone, an area created specifically for children to enjoy the various age-appropriate activities including face painting, shows and parades. Families can relax in the dining area catered by Batteel.
The Doha Trade Fair 2012 will run from January 1 to January 10. Opening times are from 11.00am until 10.00pm daily and on Friday from 2.00pm until 10.00pm. Entry is free. The parade runs daily starting at 2pm.
The DTF 2012 is organized by Qatar Tourism Authority in association with q.media events. Strategic partners are Seqlia, Al-Mutakamelah Tents, Batteel and Al Shohob Company.
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