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Doha Exhibition Center to be redeveloped into ‘entertainment city’

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2015 Qatar Summer Festival at the DEC. Credit: Chantelle D’mello/Doha News

Qatar’s economy ministry has invited tenders on a new project to convert a former convention center near Katara Cultural Village into a “modern entertainment city.”

Formerly the host of many events such as the food and summer festivals, the Doha Exhibition Center (DEC) now sits mostly unused.

Two other newer venues, including the Qatar National Convention Center near Education City and the centrally-located Doha Exhibition and Convention Center in Dafna now get a lot more business.

Doha Exhibition and Convention Center. Credit: Reem Saad/Doha News

Yesterday, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) announced an investment opportunity for entrepreneurs, in conjunction with the Qatar Tourism Authority.

It seeks ideas on revamping the DEC’s 84,875 square meters of space, for long-term lease contracts of 25 years.

The area includes 57,600 square meters of building space, 26,075 square meters of parking lots, 14,992 square meters of exhibition space, 479 square meters for shops and 1,200 square meters of open yards.

Requirements

Companies interested in taking a stab at revamping the DEC will need to pitch a concept “based on creativity and innovation,” the MEC said.

It will ideally include commercial outlets, restaurants and nurseries, parking lots and other tourist-friendly activities.

Tender documents can be obtained from the Financial and Administrative Department at the MEC headquarters in Lusail (Tower B).

The deadline is April 4, 2017.

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