Qatar National Convention Centre

Doha, Qatar

This four-story, 430,000 square foot facility is the largest exhibition center in the Middle East and can accommodate up to 7,000 people in its three main halls. The exhibition and meeting spaces include a 4,000-seat conference hall, a 2,300-seat multipurpose theatre, nine exhibition halls, and a series of 52 multifunction meetings rooms. Built to LEED-gold standards, the facility features energy-efficient LED lighting, and 37,000 square feet of solar panels, which provide 12.5 percent of the center’s energy needs. The striking exterior features a pair of sprawling steel columns that create the illusion of two sidra trees supporting the building’s roof. The tress are symbolically important in the Islamic world and represent beacons of learning and comfort in the desert.

Qatar National Convention Centre
Credit: Courtesy of Qatar National Convention Centre
Credit: Courtesy of Qatar National Convention Centre
Credit: Courtesy of Qatar National Convention Centre
Owner

Qatar Foundation

Architect

Arata Isozaki & Associates | Renton Howard Wood Levin | Halcrow

Acoustician

Sandy Brown Associates

Users

Commercial and professional events

Seat count

3500

Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Conference center

Services

Programming, concept design, theatre planning, and theatre equipment design and specification

Completion

2011

Venue website

qatarconvention.com

Credit: Courtesy of Qatar National Convention Centre
Credit: Courtesy of Qatar National Convention Centre
Qatar National Convention Centre
Credit: Courtesy of Qatar National Convention Centre

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