F ollowing the lifting of Covid 19 restric tions and the return of physical events Qatar and DECC have been rather busy Our team put in a tremendous effort to successfully support our clients and guests in this return to normalcy says Michael Michael We had to accommodate a very busy calendar in the first half year re ports DECC s CEO In addition to hosting conventional events the team has long been in a football frenzy We had to adapt our programme in line with the facility utilisation required for the World Cup itself Michael Michael describes the challenges In a span of a few months we hosted a series of di verse event profiles of the highest quality standards For example DECC successfully housed the 72nd FIFA Annual Congress back to back with the group stage draw which was broadcast worldwide The double event of football s governing body with a global reach was conducted in person for the first time since 2019 It of fered DECC a unique opportunity to show case its extensive capacities as a host and service provider in late March and early April At the same time we were able to welcome a great number of VIP dignitaries and sports personal ities Michael Michael is pleased to say Beyond football DECC welcomed back tradition al flagship events They includ ed the 31st Doha International Bookfair AgriteQ and Envi roteQ as well as the 18th Doha Jewellery Watches Exhibition Milipol Cityscape Project Qatar and Hospitality Qatar as further highlights DECC also had the privilege to welcome more than 1 000 delegates to the 78th An nual General Meeting of the In ternational Air Transport Asso ciation IATA while hosting the event s welcome reception In other words DECC oper ations have long resumed normally We are proud to have remained afloat and self sus taining during the critical risk period says a happy Michael Michael Although having to face the impacts of the pandemic alongside new geopolitical and economic challenges around the world he sounds optimistic There are strong indications that we are in deed witnessing a return to a somewhat nor mal Currently DECC is fully utilised as part of the World Cup s non competition venues hosting key function areas of the tournament services These include the main ticketing and fan ID centres as well as consular sup port areas for World Cup guests DECC benefits equally from its economic environment It is located in one of the most resilient and dynamic economies in the world as Michael Michael points out We are already witnessing increased demand for 2023 and beyond which further cements our confidence he affirms referring to new ma jor events on the calendar October 2023 will see the premiere of Qatar Geneva Interna tional Motor Show thanks to the support of Qatar Tourism In this way he says the lega cy of the World Cup will continue in line with Qatar s vision for 2030 We anticipate a gradual but significant growth of the events sector www decc qa PB 32 TradeFairs Internation al 4 2022 INTERNATIONAL QATAR Football fever and a full house 2022 has proved to be a very special year for Doha Exhibition and Convention Center DECC so far And the outlook for next year is excellent Michael Michael Wir verzeichnen bereits eine steigende Nachfrage für nächstes Jahr und darü ber hinaus Michael Michael We are already witnessing in creased demand for 2023 and beyond Ph ot o D EC C Im DECC fanden der 72 FIFA Jahreskongress und die Auslosung der WM Gruppenphase statt DECC hosted the 72nd FIFA Congress and the World Cup draw for the group stage Ph ot o D EC C FI FA

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