144 local businesses showcase products and services at ‘Made at Home’ exhibition

 01 Oct 2017 - 18:20

144 local businesses showcase products and services at ‘Made at Home’ exhibition
Photos by Salim Matramkot

The Peninsula

Doha: The first edition of the "Made at Home" exhibition opened today at the Doha Exhibition & Convention Center. 

The five-day expo showcases over 144 local home businesses that enthusiastically put on display a wide range of domestically-produced items, including homespun textiles, home-baked food items, handcrafted jewellery and other handicrafts.

The exhibition held under the patronage of H E Chairperson of Qatar Museums Board of Trustees Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani was inaugurated by the Governor of Qatar Central Bank H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Saoud Al-Thani, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Qatar Development Bank.

The exhibition is open till October 5 from 10am till 10pm at Doha Exhibition & Convention Center.

The "Made at Home" exhibition offers an opportunity to commercially productive licensed home-businesses to display and sell their products, create new marketing windows for their commodities, and exchange experiences with other similar businesses involved in a wide range of specialized fields.

An online platform to digitally showcase products offered by local home-based businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Qatar was launched in the framework of the exhibition, aiming at providing mechanisms that will enhance the success of business owners such as marketing and technical support and organizing the process of doing business from the place of residence in Qatar.

The online platform includes six main sections: food and beverage, event services, beauty activities, sewing and embroidery, service work and e-services.

Director-General of Qatar Chamber Saleh bin Hamad Al Sharqi said that the Made at Home Exhibition is an opportunity to introduce home made products of Qatari families, in addition to being a platform that brings participants together under one roof to seal contracts and deals.

Al Sharqi expressed the hope that the exhibition would enable participants to acquire a larger share in the local market by offering their products in malls and shopping centers, and finding places for their industries on the shelves of large shops as well. 

For her part, Board Member of Qatar Chamber and Chairperson of chairperson of the Qatari Businesswomen Forum Ibtehaj Al Ahmadani highlighted the remarkable attendance and participation of Qatari women at the "Made at Home" exhibition, which enhances their production capacity and encourages their presence in the local market, praising the quality of the household industries for women despite their educational and social obligations.

The "Made at Home" exhibition is organized by Qatar Development Bank, Qatar Chamber, the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs, and Ooredoo.
The exhibition is part of the National Program initiative for development and promoting home projects and activate their role in the local economy, launched by Qatar Development Bank in mid-2015 in the framework of its strategy to empower the local home-based industry and support small-scale entrepreneurs in order to contribute positively to the national economy.
The exhibition also promotes household products and provides a periodic platform for the exchange of experiences and skills among entrepreneurs. It gives opportunity to know consumer feedback and suggestions for quality improvement, while encouraging other entrepreneurs to start their own home businesses.