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The Qatar National Convention Centre is in the heart of Education City, in Qatar’s capital city, Doha. It is situated alongside the Qatar Science & Technology Park, the Sidra Medical and Research Center, world renowned universities and research and technology institutions.
It is located in Gharafat al Rayyan, on the Dukhan Highway so has excellent communication routes throughout the rest of the city.
It is located in Gharafat al Rayyan, on the Dukhan Highway so has excellent communication routes throughout the rest of the city. It is located in Gharafat al Rayyan, on the Dukhan Highway so has excellent communication routes throughout the rest of the city.
The convention centre is a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development and is situated on Qatar Foundation’s 2,500-acre campus alongside the Sidra Medical and Research Center, Qatar Science & Technology Park, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Texas A&M, and Georgetown University, among others.
QNCC was officially opened on 4 December 2011. It was the first of its kind being built to the gold certification standard of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED). Designed by Arata Isozaki in partnership with RHWL Architects, the building is designed to operate efficiently with innovations such as water conservation and energy-efficient fixtures, and it is approximately 32 percent more efficient compared with a similarly designed building that lack such innovations. One of the features is the 3,500 sqm of solar panels providing 12.5 percent of the Centre’s energy needs. The exhibition halls are equipped with energy-efficient LED lighting. Many other integrative design elements were included in the building to achieve the highest level of environmental and sustainable standards. QNCC features a conference hall of 4,000 seats theatre style, a 2,300-seat theatre, three auditoria and a total of 52 flexible meetings rooms to accommodate a wide range of events. It also houses 40,000 square metres of exhibition space over nine halls, and is adaptable to seat 10,000 for a conference or banquet. It has held many concerts in the past, some notables include The Script, Ed Sheeran and OneRepublic.
In 2013, QNCC won the “Best Events Venue” at the Middle East Event Awards 2013. The Centre received “Middle East’s Leading Exhibition & Convention Centre” from World Travel Awards; “Best Congress and Convention Centre, Middle East” from Business Destinations Travel Awards (a vanity award); and “Best Convention Centre in Middle East” by MICE Report Awards in 2012
We believe that the most enriching experience come from the most inspiring environments, therefor our aim is to provide audiences with unconventional experiences that redefines the standards of every convention.
With a venue that exceeds all expectations, we aim to exceed the industry standards through providing an exceptional service beyond clients anticipation at a great value.
Qatar National Convention Centre is a member of Qatar Foundation, a non-profit organisation founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Father Emir.
Qatar Foundation has a single-minded conviction to create Qatar’s legacy of educational and scientific achievement. Today, the driving force of the Foundation is Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser.
In Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser’s vision, she saw the opening of a world-class venue to host world’s best thought-provoking research and knowledge-based conferences and exhibitions, to bring together the world’s best minds to one venue. Hence the Qatar National Convention Centre was conceived.
We first opened our doors in December 2011, and it has been an interesting adventure ever since. Qatar National Convention Centre is the brainchild of a mission to introduce a new world standard of venue in Qatar.
Since its inception in 2011, QNCC has been honored with multiple distinctions. These awards are a testament to the high standards and principles of a world-class venue that emphasizes on delivering successful event experience for its clients.
QNCC has received global industry recognition by winning the
- Middle East’s Leading Exhibition & Convention Centre, World Travel Awards 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
- World’s Best Convention and Conference Venue – World Tourism Forum Awards – 2015
- World’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre – World Travel Awards – 2015
- Best Conserving Building Award – Hospitality Sector 2015, Tarsheed Awards
- Best Events Venue, Middle East Event Awards 2013
- Best Congress & Convention Centre Middle East, Business Destinations Travel Awards 2012
- Best Convention Centre in the Middle East, MICE Report Awards 2012
As part of our Quality Management system, QNCC has obtained accreditation in 2015 for ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 22000:2005.
QNCC has been built to meet with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Guidelines. As part of our event planning check list, the Ops team asks the client if there are any requests for special need services or person(s) with a particular disability.
Extensive signage is displayed through the Centre to identify key access points. Entrances, lifts, restroom services, designated parking throughout the complex have been designed to facilitate easy access.
Sustainability is at the forefront of QNCC’s principles. It was at the heart of the construction process and remains central in how we operate our business.
The Centre was built according to US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Gold certification standards. This takes a holistic building approach to sustainability and covers design, construction and operations.
The design of the building makes the maximum use of natural light through the intelligent design of its skylights. This, together with superior insulation, reduces energy use. QNCC is designed to be approximately 32 percent more efficient compared to a similar designed building and is fitted with over 3,500m² of solar panels providing 12.5% of the Centre’s energy needs.
In 2015, QNCC was honored to win the Best Conserving Building Award 2015 in the Hospitality sector at the Qatar Tarsheed Awards.
In a city which boasts many examples of world-class architecture, QNCC also secures its position as one of the most unique buildings in Qatar.
Designed by the renowned Japanese architect, Arata Isozaki, he sought to use the magnificent Qatari desert tree, the Sidra, for inspiration.
The Sidra was traditionally a place to shelter in the desert where poets and scholars could meet to share culture and knowledge.
The spectacular façade resembles two majestic Sidras which reach up to support the exterior canopy and welcome guests into the spectacular airy spaces beyond. Once inside, guests never fail to be impressed with the scale and magnificence of the building.
The central foyer is ‘guarded’ by ‘Maman’, the world-famous spider sculpture created by Louise Bourgeois and gifted by the Qatar Museums Authority. Maman both serves as a conversation-piece and an easy meeting point.
Nestled in the north-east coast of the Arabian Peninsula, Qatar is strategically located within the new economic powerhouses of China, India, South East Asia and the Far East as well as the consumer markets of the west, all within easy reach. This is what truly makes Qatar a destination of choice.
Qatar is located at the crossroads of the East and the West. With Qatar Airways, Doha has flight connectivity to over 150 destinations worldwide, making the capital one of the largest airline hubs in the region.
Qatar offers a wide selection of accommodations to cater to every discerning business visitor. World-class hotels of major international brands are available in Doha, ready to welcome you as you transition smoothly into a culture of art, education, wonder and tradition. VISIT QATAR
QNCC is one of the most comprehensive and technologically advanced venues in the world. But it is more than simply that.
- Extensive range of event services including F&B, AV, Housekeeping, IT, HSSE, Complimentary WIFI, etc.
- Hotel: On-site Accommodation – Premier Inn Doha Education City (219 Bedrooms).
- Certified event delivery and food safety and hygiene procedures and best practices –ISO 9001, ISO 22000, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)
At QNCC, we pride ourselves in providing an environment that nurtures inspiration and excellence. One of the largest and most technologically advanced venues in the Middle East. Our state-of-the-art production and presentation facilities, topped with expert staff, enables you to create tailor-made experiences that deliver above and beyond the clients expectations.
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Qatar National Convention Centre Contacts
Qatar National Convention Centre
P.O. Box 34195
Landline: +974 4470 7000
Fax: +974 4470 7001