Index Qatar 2018 exhibition and conference concluded on Thursday following three days of bringing the world’s design and fit-out industry together in Qatar and hosting a thought leadership conference which focused on sustainability.
On each of the three days of the show, which attracted 4,500 attendees, Design Talks provided cutting-edge educational content to the region’s design community. The conference discussed the latest trends and forecasts, with lively and spontaneous discussions with lots of audience interaction and dialogue.
Sustainability was a core theme of this year’s conference. Amar Hromo, project design coordinator at Focus Design Partners, delivered a case study on ‘Sustainability and efficiency in architecture: towards the world cup and towards the future with technology, sustainable design and innovation’. Dr Esam Elsarrag, CEO and founder of the UK’s beGREEN Global delivered a keynote on long-term opportunities and challenges in the sector.
Hromo said: “The market is booming with new technologies and design solutions: several have been specially developed for the 2022 World Cup. For example, the Bayt Line construction fabric was developed by the Serge Ferrari group in France and will be used on the New Al Bayt Stadium. As designers, we now have the opportunity to implement these unique solutions on non-World Cup projects, too.
“Moreover, Qatar has become a focal point for numerous global markets. Last year, Qatar Chamber recorded a 13.4% increase in the number of registered companies - with the total reaching almost 80,000. As designers in Qatar, it is up to us to establish how are we going to embrace these massive opportunities and how far will be able to innovate in our own projects.”
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