15,000 attend Bahrain garden show
Manama, March 2, 2014
More than 15,000 people flocked to the annual Bahrain International Garden Show (BIGS), which ended yesterday (March 1).
The event, now in its 10th year, was held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad, with the support of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of His Majesty, president of the Supreme Council for Women and chairwoman of the National Initiative for Agricultural Development (NIAD).
It was organised by the NIAD in collaboration with Tamkeen and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
On the final day, international Australian marine abstract artist Christopher Hogan exhibited his work for the second year in a row. He conducted art classes for visitors, including a session for autistic children.
The four-day show, at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre, featured more than 130 exhibitors from all over the world.
"The displays this year have been very attractive and people have been giving a lot of positive feedback," said BIGS co-ordinator Shaikha Maram bint Isa Al Khalifa.
"Many people have said that three days is not enough and they would like to see it go on for longer, but because of logistics and financial considerations we can't have it for longer."
Meanwhile, prizes were handed out for the best stands at BIGS.
Bahrain University was declared the winner in Hall 1, with Alia Flowers finishing runner-up and Peninsula Farms third.
The Municipalities and Agriculture Affairs Ministry won the top prize for special displays in Hall 2, with the Royal Court of Oman declared runner-up and Kingdom Projects finishing third. - TradeArabia News Service