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National convention centre opens in Doha

The centre's size and high-tech solutions will set new standards for international competition, says expert

  • By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
  • Published: 12:43 December 4, 2011
  • Gulf News

The Qatar National Convention Centre
  • Image Credit: Supplied photo
  • An artist's impression of Qatar National Convention Centre. The building operates efficiently with over 3,500 square meters of solar panels that provide 12.5 per cent of Qatar National Convention Centre energy needs.

Manama: A convention centre boasting an iconic design in a green-technology venue will open in Doha on Sunday.

The Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, has three levels.

"Sustainability was our focus when developing the construction plans. The building operates efficiently with over 3,500 square meters of solar panels that provide 12.5 per cent of QNCC's energy needs while still offering the latest in communication technology," Saad Al Muhannadi, Vice President of Capital Projects at Qatar Foundation.

"The centre will further Qatar Foundation's goal to enhance education, science and technology, and community development on a global scale. Its sheer size, sensational spaces over three levels, and high-tech solutions will undoubtedly set new standards for international competition," he told reporters in Doha.

Qatar's rising international prominence after winning the 2022 World Cup finals bid hosting international events have warranted the need for a building that will accommodate future high profile events in Doha, he said.

According to Ali Al Khalifa, Chief Executive Officer of ASTAD Project Management, the construction of the QNCC and its advanced facilities will "continue Qatar's legacy of educational and scientific achievement by offering a place where the world's best minds can come together."

The centre, which meets the standards for gold certification from the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED), a global building-rating framework, has already hosted a number of successful soft launch events, including the World Innovation Summit for Education, The Hague International United Nations, the Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum, and the Arab Expatriate Scientists Symposium.

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