Qatar Development Bank (QDB), in collaboration with Qatar Chamber, NAMA Center and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs announces the launch of its second edition of the “Made at Home” Exhibition.
Around 250 exhibitors are expected to participate in this year’s exhibition, showcasing a wide range of local products in sectors such as fashion, jewelry, arts and crafts, food and beverages and many more.
The five-day event will be hosted at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center, starting from Oct. 14 -20, 2018 as part of the national program initiative for developing home based businesses , the “Made at Home” exhibition was launched by QDB in 2015 to support this sector, which will in return will contribute effectively to the local economy.
The exhibition aims at encouraging and supporting Qatari home-based entrepreneurs to develop their abilities and capabilities by offering them a unique opportunity to display their products and services to the local market by creating new marketing windows, which will contribute to the diversification of the national economy.
“The second edition of the “Made at home” exhibition is organized as a continuation to the success of the exhibition in its first year and serves as a purpose to greater participation of home-based businesses,” QDB CEO Abdulaziz Al-Khalifa said.
“The ‘Made at Home’ exhibition, in its second edition, is launched after the remarkable success of its first edition, which witnessed the participation of 144 local home-based businesses. The event targeted a variety of sectors which were art crafts, technologies, food and beverage, jewelry with total sales reaching QR 2.5 million. The exhibition was attended by more than 15,000 visitors.
“Due to the pivotal role the home-based business play and the significant impact they have in contributing to the development of the national economy, QDB will continue to support and empower these businesses, enhance entrepreneurs’ skills, improve levels of production and provide them with market access opportunities to transform these businesses into larger enterprises in the near future.
“This exhibition offers home-based businesses a unique opportunity to display and sell their products, create new marketing and distribution channels, exchange experiences with other home-based business owners who are involved in a range of specialized fields, and showcase their projects on a wide scale,” Al-Khalifa added.
Qatar Chamber’s Director General Saleh bin Hamad Al Sharqi affirmed the chamber’s keen interest on supporting the home-based entrepreneurs as a significant component of the national economy, pointing out that the chamber has helped them participate in a number of exhibitions, such as “Made in Qatar,” in which more than 140 productive families showcased their products.
Al Sharqi expressed his hope that the second edition of the expo will achieve its objectives and contribute to developing skills and capacities of home-based entrepreneurs.