The Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference (ARC'18) will take place on 19-20 March, 2018, at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).

QNCC is one of the most sophisticated convention and exhibition centers in the world and is a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.

QNCC is located on a 2,500-acre campus that hosts faculties from top-tier universities such as Weill Cornell, Texas A&M, Virginia Commonwealth, North Western and Georgetown, as well as homegrown centers, such as the Sidra Medical and Research Center, Qatar Science & Technology Park and JeemTV.

As Qatar's first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design)-certified building, QNCC was awarded LEED gold certification by the United States Green Building Council. The design of QNCC has greatly reduced energy consumption by using 3,500 square meters of solar panels to generate 12.5% of the energy required. Occupancy sensors with energy-efficient LED lights and fixtures, as well as zone-based air control systems, also contribute to the sustainability of the building's operations.

The building's iconic design, envisioned by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and RHWL architects, features an organic structure, resembling two intertwined trees in the main façade that spans 250 meters in the shape of the native Sidra tree. A beloved and multifaceted icon in Qatari culture, and Qatar Foundation's emblem, the Sidra tree is a beacon of learning and comfort in the desert, providing shade for poets and scholars gathered to share knowledge.

QNCC houses 10 performance venues, a 4,000-seat conference hall, a 2,500-seat theatre, 52 meeting rooms, several three-tiered auditoria, and 40,000 square meters of exhibition space spread over nine halls.

For more information visit: http://www.qatarconvention.com

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