DOHA: The Future Interiors Qatar 2014 conference will be a major platform to discuss innovation in Qatar’s architecture, design and interior construction industry, according to QPM, Qatar’s leading project management company.
Future Interiors is being organised by Advanced Conferences and Meetings in partnership with IFP Qatar. It is being held at Sharq Village and Spa on September 8 and 9 and is part of the ‘Project Qatar Business Intelligence Series’.
Salah Nezar, Sustainability Director at QPM, will lead a session titled ‘Improved indoor environment quality and built-environment’s asset strength’ on the first day of the conference.
The delegates will include interior designers, design architects, consultants, project owners, developers and contractors involved in ongoing projects in the Middle East and the conference is expected to address relevant challenges and opportunities within the sector.
The first day will cover two areas. The first, Architecture and Design, will address processes and principles, efficient installations and technologies, sustainable solutions for high-performance buildings, and how passive design impacts the internal use of a building’s design. The second area will cover Sustainability and Materials Sourcing.
The second day will start with sessions about workplace evolution, increasing energy efficiency and returns on investment. The conference will then cover Smart Building Techniques and Project Management.
According to the organisers, Qatar has significant potential in sports facility development, real estate and infrastructure upgrades. The local construction industry is valued at $32bn, with an estimated value of over $10bn in projects expected to be awarded in 2014. The GCC interiors market was valued at between $1.36bn and $1.47bn in 2013, and is expected to grow 15 percent in 2014 to $1.58bn.
The new seaport, airport facilities, rail network, roads and highways, new hotels and recreation complexes are all contributing to the rapid growth in the interiors market. Qatar has a mandate to add 45,000 hotel rooms to its existing supply of 20,000 in order to achieve the Fifa’s minimum lodging requirement to host the World Cup in 2022.