Expo success ‘proves Bahrain on road to recovery’
Manama, April 26, 2012
The massive success of the ongoing gulfInteriors, the international expo for interiors, design and furniture, and gulfBid, the annual construction expo, in Bahrain proves that the kingdom is well on the road to recovery, said top officials.
Both events, which opened on April 24, are being held at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Conference Centre.
Indoor and outdoor furniture, interior design and landscaping company Alchemy said that amount of opportunities they had some across at the events organised by Hilal Conferences and Exhibitions was staggering.
'We had a bit of a dry run at a garden fair a few weeks ago and that convinced us to take part in gulfInteriors,' said manager Hendrik Wessels.
'We offer outdoor furniture created by Calamera, indoor products by Emerald and office designs by Stilleto, and the interest has been immense.
'Business seems to be picking up in Bahrain with the amount of interest we have had and I have even received a visit on the first day from a Saudi firm that wants to act as agents for us on the other side of the causeway,' he added.
Dream Homes, which specialises in offering Dogtas furniture from Turkey in Bahrain, was also pleasantly surprised about the enthusiasm at the event.
'This is our first time at this event and it has been very good for our company and produced a lot of good leads for the future,' said sales senior executive Ammar Hassan.
'We have had a lot of customer interest in the first couple of days and are delighted to have decided to come here,' he added.
Al Rasheed Kitchen was another first time exhibitor who gave the show a strong thumbs up.
The company has a showroom in Bahrain but manufactures in Saudi Arabia.
'We sell to both the public and contractors and offer a complete range of kitchens,' said manager Hatem Al Zarou.
'We have already done some active business at the show and expect follow-up business as well,' he added.
Ventana has been manufacturing blinds in Bahrain for 10 years and is experiencing an upturn in business.
'We deal with some of the largest companies in the world and import the raw material which we then cut to size,' said managing director Hassan Al Balooshi.
'We sell to contractors and also deal directly with clients like banks and we work closely with main contractors and designers.
'I was not expecting the level of enquiries we have received so far this year but they are well ahead of what we achieved two years ago. This has proved a very good event and I am very satisfied.'
Both exhibitions conclude today. – TradeArabia News Service
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