New dates set for Bahrain boat show
Manama, August 9, 2011
The Bahrain Boat Show International 2011, which was originally due to be held in April, has been rescheduled to take place at the Amwaj Marina from November 23 to 26.
Now in its third year, the annual event is being run by Knotika Holding in partnership with the Economic Development Board (EDB) and is expected to showcase a range of products and services from luxury mega-yachts to marine technologies.
Speaking after the announcement of the new dates, EDB chief executive Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa said the event would play an important role in the development of Bahrain's boating industry.
"The two previous international boat shows have been a great success and have been extremely popular in Bahrain and with visitors," he said.
"We look forward to welcoming people to Bahrain for this event, which plays an important role in developing the boating industry in the kingdom and building awareness and understanding of what the seas around Bahrain have to offer for the international sailing community."
Also commenting, Knotika Holding managing director Wael Juju insisted that boating could be an affordable activity.
"As an island, Bahrain has enormous potential to develop its boating industry and trade shows are an important element in delivering this objective," he explained.
"Despite popular perceptions to the contrary, boating can be an affordable activity that everyone can enjoy.
"We look forward to welcoming Bahrainis and tourists alike to what we expect to be an exciting showcase for the industry and the kingdom."
Last year's boat show featured water safety demonstrations, stunt shows, exhibits, competitions and live entertainment and attracted more than 10,000 visitors.
Ahead of the original date for this year's event, organisers announced the participation of twice as many exhibitors as in 2010 and said they were expecting a 50 per cent increase in the number of spectators. – TradeArabia News Service