Briefs: QNCC

Opening in 2011, the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) boasts iconic design and cutting edge facilities in a world-first green-technology venue. QNCC is the first of its kind being built to the gold certification of US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED). With 40 000 m2 of exhibition space, conference facilities for up to 4000 delegates and banquet facilities for 10 000, the QNCC will be a new global hub for events. Technology includes a solar array providing 12.5% of the centre's power, RFID used to identify delegates who speak, a management system that precisely controls air conditioning, lighting and power use, with systems turned on and off automatically according to room use.