Bahrain expos a major success
Manama, April 27, 2012
As the curtains came down on the gulfBID and gulfInteriors exhibitions in Bahrain yesterday exhibitors were branding them as the best editions of the events to date.
Participants were already signing up for next year's event at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Conference Centre which is organised by Hilal Conferences and Exhibitions (HCE).
'We have had tremendous feedback from exhibitors this year and we reckon a record amount of business has been done at the two shows,' said HCE managing director Jubran Abdulrahman.
'This is a clear sign that business in Bahrain is back on its feet and businesses are already looking to pick up on the leads they made here and signing up for both events next year,' he added.
Bahrain Prism Glass Factory said it had signed two deals during the event worth $4 million and was looking to build further business on the back of contacts they had made at the show.
The company, which manufactures high-end architectural glass, currently sells across the GCC and south-east Asia but is now looking to expand further in the African market.
'This has been a marvellous experience for us in terms of both business done and contacts made,' said general manager T Mani.
'We are a young company but we are growing fast from our manufacturing base here in Bahrain.
'We are looking for growth both locally and internationally and events like this are key to developing business.
'This has been a first-class opportunity for us to help achieve this,' he added.
Bahrain Artistic Frames centre were another first-time exhibitor looking to come back next year.
'This has been very good for our business and we have met a lot of potential customers during the show,' said owner Aliasger Shafiq.
'The visitors to this show are serious people who are looking to do business and for us it has been a success,' he added.
The show received strong support from Tamkeen which provides 80 per cent of the exhibitor costs for Bahraini companies.
'We support companies looking to expand their business both at local and international trade fairs as this is very positive for businesses and the economy,' said Private Sector Support officer Mona Hatem Sultan.
'We first got involved with gulfBID back in 2009 where we supported six local companies who wished to take part.
'That was a success for them and since then we have been building our efforts for businesses who want to take part and this year we are behind about 100 companies taking part in this event,' he added.-TradeArabia News Service