Bahrain PM opens major industrial show
Manama, February 4, 2014
The 2014 edition of the Gulf Industry Fair, the premier industrial B2B gathering for the Northern Gulf region, opened today in Bahrain with a record number of exhibitors taking part.
The three-day event was inaugurated this morning by Bahrain’s Prime Minister, HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre (BIECC).
The Premier toured the exhibition following the inauguration and praised the quality of the event.
A total of nearly 120 exhibitors - representing the aluminium, steel and alloys, industrial processes and manufacturing, energy and environmental protection, ports, logistics and free trade zones, training for industry, industrial safety and security and marine and deep sea services segments - are participating in the show, which runs until Thursday (Feb 6).
In addition to companies from Bahrain, more than 15 other countries - Australia, Belgium, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, India, Italy, Pakistan, The Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, UAE, the UK and the US - are being represented by their products, more than twice the number in 2013.
Jubran Abdulrahman, managing director of show organisers Hilal Conferences & Exhibitions (HCE), said: “We would like to express our sincere gratitude to His Royal Highness the Prime Minister for once again lending his support to Gulf Industry Fair.
“After almost a year of meticulous planning, the doors have now opened and the sense of energy and anticipation is palpable as we look to offer the ultimate business-enabler for the Northern
Gulf’s industrial sector. We look forward to three days of networking and deal making among exhibitors and visitors.”
The seventh Gulf Industry Fair is being held over 3,400 sq m of booked space, also another record in the B2B show’s history.
The Fair’s strategic sponsors include Bahrain’s National Oil & Gas Authority (Noga) in association with Bahrain petroleum Company (Bapco); Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), one of the world’s largest aluminium smelters; Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard (Asry); First Bahrain-Majaal Warehouse Company, Ahmed Mansour Al Ali, British Offset Office, the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce, The Middle East Association, AHK (German Chambers Network), GAC and Machinery Trade International.
Meanwhile, Tamkeen (Labour Fund) is yet again extending financial assistance to SME exhibitors under its ‘Tarweej’ growth assistance scheme, whereby up to 80 per cent of the participating costs of eligible companies are covered. – TradeArabia News Service