Inaugurated by the Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, H.E. Ahmad bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud, the 2nd Omani Products Exhibition (OPEX) debuted in Doha with over 80 Omani firms showcasing their products and services to the Qatari market. The opening ceremony was also attended by H.E. Dr. Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy, Minister of Commerce & Industry along with other senior government officials and private sector representatives from the Sultanate and Qatar.
Held from 17th to 20th November at the Doha Exhibition Centre, this key event was organized by the Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Export Development (PAIPED), the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE), the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Ayman Abdullah Al Hasani, Chairperson of OPEX Organizing Committee, said, “We are proud to see the culmination of all our efforts come to fruition after months of meticulous planning and coordination. In line with the Omani government’s vision to build an extensive non-oil portfolio, this exhibition will further expand the presence and reach of Omani products in the Gulf markets by creating areas of opportunity within the industrial and commercial sectors.”
The exhibitors included leading companies in the areas of food and beverage products, leather, treatment systems, tanks, fertilizers, furniture, aluminium and other metals, building and construction materials, textiles and fabrics, perfumes and cosmetics, mineral and plastic equipment, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, logistics and utilities.
Nasima Al Balushi, PAIPED’s Director General for Export Development remarked, “Many of Oman’s products are imported by some of the world’s leading economies including Qatar. OPEX is a unified platform that will bring Omani companies together with Qatari business in one setting to showcase the quality, proximity, variety and competitiveness of Omani products and how these products will meet the growing demands of Qatar’s development.”
Qatar has set a plan for itself to become a major business destination and in 2012 registered import totaling $23.49bn which included a large variety of food and consumer goods as well as machinery, transportation equipment, and chemicals. The country is currently undergoing extensive infrastructure development which includes constructing the second phase of the Doha Festival City, the FIFA Stadium, an Education City, the first phase of the Doha Metro-Red Line as well as several shopping malls across Qatar.