Under the patronage of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin Qassim Al-Abdullah Al-Thani, the Minister of Commerce and Industry officially inaugurated the fifth edition of the Build Your House Exhibition (BYH) 2024. Joining H.E. were H.E. Mr. Fahid Mohammed Al-khayarin, Assistant Undersecretary for Social Development Affairs at Qatar’s Ministry of Social Development and Family, Mr. AbdulAziz Al-Kaabi, Vice Chairman of AL-Hattab Holding, and Mr. Rawad Sleem, Co-Founder and General Manager of NeXTfairs for Exhibitions and Conferences.

This edition of Build Your House Exhibition marks a significant milestone with the integration of The Second Gulf Housing Week, hosted by The Ministry of Social Development and Family (MSDF) in collaboration with the Gulf Cooperation Council. The Ministry of Social Development and Family (MSDF) solidified this initiative by signing an agreement with Al-Hattab Holding. This partnership signifies a joint dedication to addressing key urbanization and housing issues, crucial for the sustainable advancement of the GCC. Through this monumental collaboration, efforts are directed towards elevating urban and real estate standards, catalyzing advancement throughout the construction sector within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and establishing the foundation for a thriving urban economy built upon principles of sustainability.

The highly anticipated opening ceremony at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) saw a distinguished gathering of Ministers, Ambassadors, dignitaries, VIPs, industry experts, and media representatives. Among the esteemed guests were representatives from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning of GCC such as H.E. Engineer Mohammed Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Director-General of the Sheikh Zayed Housing Program in the United Arab Emirates; His Excellency Mr. Khalifa Al Sagheer Al Ketbi, Acting Executive Director for Housing Services Sector in the United Arab Emirates; Her Excellency Engineer Afra Al Hajeri, Acting Executive Director for Planning and Projects Sector in the United Arab Emirates; His Excellency Engineer Ibrahim Al Hosani, Director of Sharjah Housing Department in the United Arab Emirates; Engineer Sultan Al Aryani, Sheikh Zayed Housing Program in the United Arab Emirates; Engineer Mohammed Abdulaziz Rashdan, Director of Project Implementation Monitoring Department at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning in the Kingdom of Bahrain; Mr. Haitham Mohammed Kamal, Director of Communication Department at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning in Bahrain; His Excellency Professor Abdullah bin Nasser Al Rashid, Director-General of International Cooperation Department at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Mr. Walid bin Ali Ghoshum, Director of Organizations Unit at the General Directorate of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing in Saudi Arabia; Dr. Ibrahim bin Ali Al Ameri, Director-General of the General Directorate of Development and Studies at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning in the Sultanate of Oman; Mr. Nasser Mehanna Alraml AlMannai, Director of Citizen Housing Department at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Family Development in Qatar; Engineer Nasser Al-Sa'eed, Director-General of the Public Authority for Housing Welfare in the State of Kuwait; His Excellency Engineer Nasser Adel Khurbaith, Deputy Director-General for Planning and Design Affairs in Kuwait; Engineer Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Dablan, Director of Municipalities and Housing Department at the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Arab States; and Mr. Mohammed bin Saleh bin Baz, Head of Housing Department at the Municipalities and Housing Administration in the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Arab States and others.

Following the opening ceremony, dignitaries conducted a VIP tour of BYH Exhibition 2024, meeting some of the 250 exhibitors participating in this year's event including  the Ministry of Social Development and Family, Ashghal, The Public Works Authority, Kahramaa, Dukhan Bank, Tadmur Trading, Rankoussi, Al Rayyan Al Motahidah Projects, Al Hattab Holding , Arabi Company Qatar W.L.L and Al Emadi Stones, Monelli (Al Mutatawer Factory for Building Materials, Qatar uPVC Windows + Doors, and Jersey Group, Al Sulaiteen Gardens, the American Institute of Architects (AIA MEA), VCUarts Qatar and international companies, including exhibitors from Italy, Canada, Algeria, Lebanon, and Turkey. The tour continued with visits to the country stands within the Second Gulf Housing Week, including UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Kuwait.

Mr. Rawad Sleem, Co-Founder and General Manager of NeXTfairs for Exhibitions and Conferences, extended heartfelt appreciation for the generous support from Qatar's society: "With the patronage and endorsement of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, alongside esteemed dignitaries, VVIPS, government entities, and the local business community rallying behind us, Build Your House Exhibition has emerged as the premier hub bridging construction, interiors, and design suppliers with citizens eager to shape intelligent, sustainable dwellings for the future. Firmly embracing our leadership role in Qatar's path to progress, we stand resolute in fortifying the construction sector and empowering Qatari housebuilders. This year's showcase features an expanded lineup of exhibitors and establishes a new benchmark with global displays of excellence."

He further emphasized: "In partnership with the Qatar’s Ministry of Social Development and Family, The Second Gulf Housing Week signals a new dawn in urban development and real estate excellence across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). This transformative collaboration, aimed at enhancing construction standards and nurturing a sustainable urban economy, represents a pivotal moment in the region's journey towards advancement."

BYH 2024’s journey and achievements in reaching new milestones would not have been possible without the unwavering support of its sponsors and partners which includes Official Support Partner: The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Strategic Partner: Ministry of Social Development and Family, Official Partner: Ashghal, The Public Works Authority, Sustainability Partner: Kahramaa, and those who have supported us, including the General Directorate of Civil Defence, Dukhan Bank as the Official Bank, Tadmur Trading W.L.L. as the Founding Partner, Rankoussi as the Official Supplier, Platinum Sponsor: Al Rayyan Al Motahidah Projects , Gold Sponsors: Al Hattab Holding , Arabi Company Qatar W.L.L and Al Emadi Stones, Silver Sponsors: Monelli (Al Mutatawer Factory for Building Materials, Qatar uPVC Windows + Doors, and Jersey Group, Landscaping Sponsor: Al Sulaiteen Gardens; and the American Institute of Architects (AIA MEA) as Conference Partner, and Competition Educational Partner: VCUarts Qatar.


Commenting on their participation as sustainability partner, Mr. Mohamed Ali Al Muhannadi, Manager of Public Relations and Communication Department at Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation KAHRAMAA, said: “The Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation, known as Kahramaa, is actively engaged in the fifth edition of the Build Your House exhibition. Our presence is showcased through a dedicated pavilion, featuring demonstrations on sustainable and secure housing. Visitors can explore optimal techniques for electrical extension distribution within homes, approved extensions by Kahramaa, as well as guidance on matching and distributing electrical panels. Detailed specifications, including the proper utilization of electrical switches based on device type and capacity, are provided alongside emphasis on the significance of integrating energy-saving devices and equipment."

He continued: “Through this pavilion, Kahramaa engineers and experts also provide some guidance advice to raise the level of safety and security in the home, how to distribute electrical appliances in a safe and correct manner, choose devices that conform to the standard specifications for security and safety, ways to extend external lighting in the home, and the procedures followed to avoid the occurrence of electrical short circuits. Kahramaa experts will also be ready to provide all advice and answer your inquiries regarding extensions, rationalization methods, and awareness of the importance of reducing the negative impact on the environment. 


He added: “This exhibition in its fifth edition is an opportunity to bring together investors, companies and individuals, enabling us to study market trends and enhance our work in the electricity and water sectors. It is also considered a platform for exchanging experiences and encouraging investors and individuals to purchase equipment that conforms to international and local specifications and adopt sustainability and rationalization practices to preserve the environment by displaying the sustainable house in our pavilion. Participating in the fifth edition of the Build Your House exhibition presents a strategic opportunity to collaborate with stakeholders and bolster our support for the Qatari economy with sustainable solutions. We're proud to engage in this event, drawn by the successes of past editions and the potential for fruitful partnerships with companies. Our aim is to promote a culture of conservation and urge both individuals and investors to embrace sustainable practices for environmental preservation. Through our involvement, we anticipate fostering cooperation across sectors, facilitating the exchange of cutting-edge construction techniques and technology, and offering solutions to boost energy efficiency, all contributing to a better, more sustainable future.”

Mr. Jassim Al Emadi, Deputy CEO of Al Emadi Enterprises – Gold Sponsor, said: “Our presence at the Build Your House exhibition reaffirms our dedication to supporting the local community with top-notch services, leveraging the exhibition's success in bringing together both Qatari customers and essential building services. We are delighted to participate in this edition to unveil the latest product lines from the Al Emadi Group of companies, thereby contributing to the local market's needs with excellence. From luxurious Italian and Spanish marbles offered by Al Emadi Stones to top-quality carpentry and woodwork services provided by Al Emadi Carpentry, along with cutting-edge technology solutions ranging from home automation to renewable energy by Power Streams, and comprehensive security systems by Etisaq Technologies, we are committed to delivering holistic solutions for diverse projects. Anticipating a distinguished edition this year, we eagerly await the opportunity to showcase our offerings.”

Eng. Ahmed Ramadan, General Manager of Arabi Company Qatar – Gold Sponsor, said: “Visitors to the Build Your House exhibition will have special prices and exclusive discounts, along with a package of new solutions and materials that will be introduced to the market. The Build Your House exhibition gives us the opportunity to meet home and villa owners and display our products and various architecture solutions. We expect the participation to provide additional solutions to the Qatari market, and we also look forward to establishing direct relationships with villa owners and contracting companies as well.”

Rashed Mohmmad Aliyan, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar uPVC windows + Doors, Qatar Technology for Aluminum and Steel Co W.L.L – Silver Sponsor, said: “BYH serves as a hub for individuals embarking on the journey of building their homes, offering access to the latest trends and innovative products that enhance the beauty and functionality of their dreams. With 28 years of innovation and a solid track record in facade expertise, we view BYH as an excellent platform to exhibit trending, innovative, and proven products in the facade industry. We're confident that this endeavor will significantly influence customers' decisions, serving as a real game-changer in their home-building choices.”

Build Your House Exhibition reaffirms its commitment to its niche market-driven platform, fostering the construction sector's growth and facilitating deal-making and relationship-building. This dedication is backed by a recent report from Al Asmakh Real Estate Projects Company in Al Raya newspaper, attributing Qatar's real estate sector growth to infrastructure projects and citizens' land development. Significant contracts in infrastructure, such as roads and sanitation, are poised to drive construction activity, aligning with national development objectives and spurring economic growth. Real estate transactions have surged, totaling approximately 385.7 million riyals in a recent week.


Numerous projects are underway across various regions, serving over 15,000 residential plots, including about 2,000 in new citizens' land zones. Notable progress has been made, particularly in northern regions and Nasiriyah, with approximately 2,300 plots benefiting from road and infrastructure projects led by Ashghal. These initiatives, including packages within projects like Ebb, Leabaib, Al-Kharaitiyat, and Izghawa, are expected to stimulate investment and increase land demand, further propelled by government spending on 32 projects serving citizens' lands and residential areas, as well as 23 internal road enhancement initiatives. Additionally, highway projects play a crucial role in linking economic, commercial, health, and educational facilities, enhancing overall connectivity.

Attendees at Build Your House Exhibition 2024 can anticipate an enriching experience, including the Second Gulf Housing Week space showcasing booths from all six GCC countries. Fourteen distinguished speakers and moderators will participate for discussion panels. Moreover, important partnerships have been forged with leading experts such as the American Institute for Architects (AIA)- Conference Partner, that are participating with 10 speakers, as well as running sessions and workshops.

Furthermore, BYH 2024 offers visitors an expanded range of services and products from industry leaders in consulting, contracting, and smart home solutions. The event boasts extensive local and international participation, with exhibitors hailing from Qatar, Italy, Canada, Algeria, Lebanon, Turkey, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, KSA, and Oman.

Visitors to BYH 2024 can enjoy the enchanting ambiance of "Qatar House," an exquisite art exhibition meticulously curated by the Ministry of Social Development and Family in collaboration with NeXTfairs for Exhibitions and Conferences. Embarking on a captivating voyage through time, this grand event showcases a myriad of photographs unveiling the captivating evolution of the Qatari house over the years.

In addition to fostering business growth, Build Your House Exhibition 2024 will have a significant impact on nurturing the next generation of designers in Qatar. Annually, BYH hosts a competition for interior design students from VCUarts University – the Competition Educational Partner, providing a platform for young talent to showcase their creativity. Three finalists receive invaluable industry exposure as their designs are showcased at the exhibition, offering them a unique opportunity to connect with professionals and gain recognition.

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