UK firm Mace’s facilities management unit Macro has secured a contract with Venue Pro Management to provide managed services and computer-aided facilities management to the new Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre in Qatar.
The cavernous downtown facility was completed only last month and hosted its first event on 2 November.
The centre is unique in the exhibition world because, with its partition walls removed, the hall can provide nearly 29,000 sq m of column-free space.
Its developer, the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), says its 18-m-tall ceilings are the highest in the Middle East.
The QTA hopes the centre will help Qatar take a bigger share of the Middle Eastern conference and exhibition market.
Already, the sector has grown 35% in each of the last three years in Qatar, according to the QTA, with Qatar now hosting an average of 150 events a year.
Macro will be responsible for facilities management of the main concourse area, cafes, public restrooms, prayer rooms, a loading zone, storage, circulation space, and a large car park in the basement.
Services to be provided by Macro, in partnership with Debbas Enterprise, include operation and maintenance, specialist maintenance, helpdesk and CAFM, cleaning, faÃ§ade cleaning, landscaping, parking operational management and pest control.
Photograph: Artist’s render of theÂ Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (Qatari Diar)