Build Your House (BYH) Exhibition 2023, which was held under the patronage of Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, wrapped up its fourth edition with incredible accomplishments. This highly immersive and engaging event saw a footfall of over 14,560 visitors over the course of four days, while it’s Knowledge Sharing Conference, brought over 40 presentations from guest speakers from academic institutions, architectural associations, government entities and leading industry businesses.
Establishing itself as a platform that’s crucial for business, Build Your House Exhibition connects Qatari citizens looking to build their home, fit out an existing business or renovate their current property to an array of services and products from consultants, contractors, suppliers – including smart home and general service industry leaders. The fourth edition saw an incredible number of deals signed over the 4 days – with deals estimated at QR 800 million.
This year’s event hosted 250 exhibitors offering a wealth of services from smart
home suppliers to engineering industry leaders. Many of these exhibitors were part of the expanded international pavilion, which welcomed more Turkish companies, and exhibitors from Canada, Iran, Italy, Oman, and the UK, and companies from Sri Lanka, KSA, Belgium, China, Algeria, Jordan and India for the first time.
Speaking about Build Your House Exhibition 2023, Mr. Rawad Sleem, Co-Founder and General Manager of NeXTfairs or Exhibitions and Conferences, said: I would like to thank our event partners, supporters, and sponsors for their commitment to ensuring that Build Your House Exhibition continues to bridge the gap between government, business, and Qatari house builders. Their attendance and contribution have been vital to ensuring that Build Your House Exhibition empowers local citizens to execute homes fit for the future and become a catalyst for business. This year we strengthened our event offering, giving visitors access to over 250 exhibitors from world-class industry experts and high-quality suppliers from Qatar. Enriching our exhibitors and extending the event to become 4-days saw an incredible QR 800 million deals made – testament to impact BYH Exhibition has on the construction sector and Qatar’s urban renaissance.”
Regarding next year’s BYH Exhibition, Mr. Sleem, said: “We are delighted with the evolvement of Build Your House Exhibition. Each year, we assure visitors an even greater experience with a heightened number of exhibitors with an expanded number of services and products on display. Building on this, we are already preparing for the launch of the fifth edition of the BYH Exhibition 2024 at Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).”
Speaking about their participation at the event, Talal Nabina, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Nabina Holding said: “We're thrilled to have participated in the Build Your House Exhibition for the third time as exhibitors. The undeniable success we've experienced with each edition has led us to eagerly rebook for future events. This year, the turnout surpassed all expectations, exceeding the attendance of previous years combined on the very first day. It's clear that this event has become an essential gathering, showcasing remarkable marketing prowess. We extend our best wishes for continued success to the Build Your House Exhibition in its upcoming editions.”
Omar Ali, General Manger, Nabina Group, said: “As first-time exhibitors at the Build Your House Exhibition, we are extremely pleased with the event's focus on Qatari house builders, which aligns perfectly with our target audience. It has provided us with valuable opportunities to connect with attendees and lay the foundation for lasting relationships. Based on our positive experience, we highly recommend that other companies consider participating in future editions of this event. It promises to be a fruitful platform for engagement and business growth.”
Commenting on their participation, Jassim Mohammed Al Emadi, CEO of Al Emadi Stones, said: “We are no strangers to the Build Your House exhibition. As expected, the organization was impeccable, just like in previous years. The turnout was impressive, with attendees flocking to witness the event. Speaking candidly, this exhibition stands out for its uniqueness, offering a diverse range of items essential for one's home or property, all conveniently gathered under one roof. It truly presents an opportunity to explore and acquire everything a person might need in a single exhibition visit.”
Visitors who attended the fourth edition of Build Your House Exhibition were engaged in the Knowledge Sharing Conference, featuring speakers on the stage from 11 am – 8pm daily. Esteemed guest speakers included representatives from government entities such as The Ministry of Municipality, who provided valuable insights on obtaining registration documentation and building permits, as well as Qatar’s Civil Defense who emphasized the importance of home safety and security. In addition, prominent academic leaders presented architecture and design principles such as custom design and the past, present, and future of Qatari housing.
Build Your House Exhibition has evolved into a thriving platform that nurtures creativity and fosters the growth of future design talent. On the event's second day, the spotlight was on the students who participated in the prestigious Best Interior Design Awards. The awards recipients were as follows: Fatima Karamashahi secured first place, Aya Akl, second runner-up, and Hissa Al-Khuzaei claimed the third-place position.
The winners were chosen by a distinguished panel of judges, which included representatives from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) MEA, the influential businesswoman and influencer Eng. Maram Zghoul, as well as NeXTfairs for Exhibitions and Conferences. The selected VCUarts students, whose exceptional talent was recognized, were given the opportunity to proudly showcase their winning entries at the VCUarts Qatar booth.
The last day of the event introduced an exciting new addition: The Best Exhibition Stand Award. This accolade celebrated exhibitors who exhibited exemplary creativity and meticulous attention to detail. Ultimately, this coveted award was presented to several companies: Nabina Group, Bottega Design, Living Spirit, Kahramaa, BSCO and Bela Casa, whose remarkable stand caught the attention of event attendees.
In light of the remarkable achievements and proven significance of Build Your House Exhibition, a fifth edition has been booked for 2024. Continuing to grow, this event promises to offer visitors a larger number of exhibitors and local and international speakers.