Bahrain set for giant trade expos
Manama, April 22, 2012
A vast and diverse range of building, construction and interiors products and services will dazzle the crowds at the high-profile twin trade exhibitions in Bahrain this week.
The 2012 editions of gulfBID and gulfINTERIORS are expected to attract thousands of trade visitors as well as consumers while generating significant business for their exhibitors over the course of the three-day events.
The twin shows, which enjoy the patronage of His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, will be held simultaneously from Tuesday to Thursday at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.
'The construction show's many highlights will include construction equipment, trucks, wheel loaders, cutting-edge scaffolding and waterproofing, concrete blocks, fine marble, glass and flooring to name just a few,' said Hilal Conferences and Exhibitions (HCE) conference director Ahmed Suleiman.
An affiliate of Bahrain's Al Hilal Group, HCE is the organiser of the two trade shows, which are in their sixth and second editions respectively.
'The interiors show promises to be even more colourful this year with trendy furniture, Italian lighting, paints and coatings, wood, playground equipment and even aquariums on show,' Suleiman said.
In addition to a formidable Bahraini presence, companies from Turkey, Singapore, Europe, India and even the US will add international stature to these events.
Together, gulfBID and gulfINTERIORS will boast close to 140 exhibitors.
Bahrain's Ahmed Mansoor Al Aali (AMA) Group is one of the biggest exhibitors at the show, with a floor space of 240 sq m.
A leading business conglomerate with an annual turnover well in excess of BD100 million ($265 million), AMA will showcase German-made MAN trucks, wheel loaders, skid steer loaders and other construction equipment.
AMA's activities comprise building construction, civil engineering, civil works for industrial infrastructure, piling and excavation works and marine works. The group's expertise and footprint are stamped on several iconic projects in the kingdom. AMA will also use the show to announce a key partnership deal.
Another major exhibitor with 268 sq m of exhibition space is the Grnata Group, which has launched a new waterproofing product called Al Chimica. The group is using the event to introduce new products from renowned global companies on the local and regional markets.
Grnata Group was established in 1982 and Grnata Real Estate was later set up to capitalise on Bahrain's real estate boom. Headquartered in Seef, the group has eight divisions and has seen rapid growth as it strives to meet the requirements of the property market.
Also part of Grnata Group is Grnata Towers Contracting, one of Bahrain's leading construction companies, which is located in Jidhafs. In addition to its traditional role as main contractor, the company is also engaged in property management and development in various parts of the kingdom.
A first-time exhibitor at gulfINTERIORS and one of Bahrain's trendiest furniture firms, Trends Haus represents more than 20 German and international interior brands.
Catering primarily to the project market, Trends Haus offers a comprehensive range of mid-to up-market German furniture at the most competitive prices, ideal for the hospitality, commercial, residential and airport sectors.
The interiors show also has Bahrain-based lighting firm Al Bait, which will be showcasing the superior products and services of Italy's iGuzzini, a top-end European lighting specialist, among others.
Al Bait represents some of the biggest European and US names, and has been lighting up some of Bahrain's most recognisable landmarks, including most recently the Arcapita bank headquarters.
Its other landmark projects include The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Medical University of Bahrain, the Bahrain International Circuit and the Royal Golf Club.
Bahrain's EM Dekor, another interiors exhibitor, is a full-service interior design firm offering comprehensive interior detailing and space planning.
The company caters to both residential as well as commercial clients while also undertaking turnkey projects. Its expertise includes residential interior designing, retail and commercial interior designing, hospitality interior designing and turnkey projects.
Other major exhibitors include Saudi Arabia's Manar Al Omran, a leading establishment for scaffolding and formwork; Bahrain-based Al Kobaisi Block Factory, one of the major manufacturers of concrete blocks; dwp, a multi-award winning integrated global interior design and architectural consultancy, Mohammad Bin Jasim Al Zayani Trading, whose portfolio includes modern office furniture manufactured in Italy; and the American Hardwood Export Council, the leading international trade association for the American hardwood industry.
Manar Al Omran said it was the first company to introduce new scaffolding systems in Saudi Arabia. Established in 1969, the company has also played an important role in the kingdom's development.
Al Kobaisi Block Factory, which started its operations in 1990, is well known for its concrete blocks and innovative processes.
According to Al Kobaisi, the company was 'the first in the kingdom' to introduce Uniplast pallets for the production of blocks from Wasa Pallet of Germany.
The dwp boasts a prestigious portfolio in Bahrain including the Capital Club in Bahrain Financial Harbour, the refurbishment of the Regency Inter-Continental, the Amwaj Gateway, Zain's headquarters, Marriott Serviced Apartments, Credimax offices and Raffles City in Bahrain Bay.
The Bahrain office also serves as the regional hub for the Gulf and a strategic gateway to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan and Africa.
gulfBID and gulfINTERIORS are supported by Tamkeen, Bahrain's Industry and Commerce Ministry, the German Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, British Expertise and the Bahrain Exhibition and Convention Authority.
Both exhibitions are open to visitors from 10am to 8pm on all three days.-TradeArabia News Service