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Key 2009 events at Bahrain expo attract 280,000 visitors

Key 2009 events at Bahrain expo attract 280,000 visitors ( Bahrain Exhibition&Conventions Authority (BECA) reported the latest statistics during BECA’s third quarter 2009 presentation to the authority’s Board of Directors meeting led by HE Dr. Hassan A. Fakhro, Minister of Industry&Commerce and chairman of the board of directors. Seventeen of the key events including trade show and international exhibitions hosted at the Bahrain International Exhibition&Convention Centre from January until August 2009 attracted a total of 280,000 local and international visitors. In addition, the Bahrain Exhibition&Convention Authority has as of end of September, 123 confirmed bookings until the end of 2009 compared with a total of 125 bookings during all of 2008, according to figures recently released by Bahrain Exhibition&Convention Authority.

The ministers stressed the importance of completing the construction of the new “Expo City” as scheduled for 2012. The majority of the investment project cost, which is estimated to be BD 287 million, is expected to be funded by the private sector. Bahrain Exhibition&Convention Authority, which functions under the Ministry of Industry&Commerce, are partnering with Bahrain Mumtalakat Holdings Company, private investors and banks, to ensure Bahrain has the future exhibition and convention facilities needed to meet growing international market demands.

The project, which will be constructed as part of the @bahrain project, will be built in Sakir City close to Bahrain International Circuits and on a plot of land equivalent to ten times the existing Bahrain International Exhibition&Convention Centre. It is estimated it will generate incremental revenues of BD115 million annually to the national economy and will create a large number of new, full-time, job opportunities. In addition to a multi-purpose arena, a large plenary hall, and auditorium, the Expo City will have interconnected access to three hotels in the three-, four-, and five-star category with a combined capacity of 1,200 rooms. This project was presented as part of, and is in line with, the strategy of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce 2009, 2010 – 2012, and was highly appreciated.

Following the meeting, His Excellency commented that BECA continues to maintain its mandate of promoting Bahrain as the regional exhibition and conference hub and contributes to attracting international exhibitions and conferences, particularly specialized events. BECA’s performance has so far equaled its achievements in 2008 in many areas. He added that these bookings demonstrate the center’s capability of holding simultaneous events, maximizing its potential for generating revenue and creating opportunities for organizers, exhibitors, and visitors to spend and invest in Bahrain.

Other highlights of BECA’s achievements during the third quarter 2009 included plans for generating additional revenue streams and upgrading of BIECC facilities; the renewal of its alliance with the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce&Industry; its coordination of Bahrain’s participation in the recent Aluminium China trade show; its partnership with one of the largest and most widely-respected certification bodies in the world, TUV Middle East (a Member of TUV Nord) for Food&Hospitality Expo 2010; and the program of “Team Bahrain” to gain essential stakeholders to buy-in to develop Bahrain’s MICE industry and allow a support network when bidding for international events on an annual basis, allowing BECA to secure advantageous and cost-effective rates.

In addition to The Autumn Fair, other key events hosted at Bahrain’s flagship exhibition and meeting facility earlier this year included the Gulf Industry Fair 2009, Food&Hospitality Expo 2009, Bahrain International Natural Health Products&Green Expo, MEFTEC (the world's premier financial technology event for emerging markets) 2009, Power-Gen Middle East 2009, Middle East Oil Show 2009, the 10th International MEACO Congress, Work Boat Gulf 2009, Riffa Views Bahrain International Garden Show (RVBIGS) 2009, gulfBID 2009, Bahrain International Travel Expo (BITE) 2009, Bahrain International E-Gov Forum&Exhibition, Energy&Water Conservation Expo 2009, Invest in Bahrain Forum, and Bahrain Summer Festival 2009.

PHOTO: BECA Board of Directors / Photo from

Heba Ghazwan PR Officer Bahrain Exhibition & Convention Authority (BECA) Email: Phone: +973 17558870 Fax: +973 17555513

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