The Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) is now open and will have its official launch on December 4.
From December 4-8, it will hold the 20th World Petroleum Congress — the largest oil and gas gathering in the world — and welcome its first 5000 delegates. The convention centre, which has been in planning and construction for the past five and a half years, has total capacity for 27,000 people at one time. It features a 2300 seat lyric theatre, three auditoria, a multi-purpose conference hall for 4000 guests, 40,000m² exhibition space and 52 meeting rooms. QNCC general manager Adam Mather-Brown said: “The QNCC is not just a meeting place, it’s a vision that has materialized from years of hard work and dedication involving many multi-skilled teams”.
A member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, QNCC was designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki. The centre’s signature façade comprises a 250-metre long curved steel tree structure reaching up to support the exterior canopy. It was inspired by the Sidra tree, used to symbolize the Qatar Foundation’s three key pillars of education, science and research, and community development. QNCC is the first building of its kind built to the gold certification of the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED). Qatar Foundation vice president of capital projects and facilities management Saad Al Muhannadi commented: “The opening of the QNCC will undoubtedly advance Qatar in the field of infrastructure and build human capacity on a global scale”.