GulfBID 2013 expo space sold out
Manama, April 17, 2013
GulfBID 2013, the annual exhibition for the Northern Gulf’s construction industry, will be the biggest and most comprehensive yet following confirmation that Hall 1 of the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre (BIECC) is now sold out.
Such has been the overwhelming response to the flagship show that organisers Hilal Conferences & Exhibitions (HCE) have set up a waiting list for the May 7 to 9 showcase, which will be officially opened by His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister of Bahrain.
Given the overwhelming thumbs up from participants at the 2012 edition, the stage is set for gulfBID 2013 which, says HCE, will build on the positive sentiment of a regional construction sector buoyed by healthy economic indicators and with the prospect of billions of dollars-worth of new projects on the horizon.
The high-profile expo will continue a fine tradition, started in 2006, of bringing top names in the specialist construction, contracting and related sectors into direct contact with decision makers, from senior project managers to procurement personnel, from across the region.
Another tradition which will be maintained this year will be a commitment to continually improving the exhibitor and visitor experience, including a raft of new product and services launches.
Adding further value to the 85 participating companies - some of whom will be first-time exhibitors including Haji Hassan Group, Al Bait, Kavalani, Al Abd Group and Al Moayyed International from Bahrain - HCE has bolstered its gulfBID2013 marketing strategy in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, ensuring high visibility at strategic locations in a booming area of the region’s largest economy, where billions of dollars-worth of construction projects are ongoing.
In keeping with recent years, interest in the gulfBID brand is driven by the Northern Gulf’s positive long-term economic outlook, high oil prices and clear long-term government economic strategies.
According to recent reports, the value of completed projects in the region is expected to hit more than $80 billion this year, with a further $64.5 billion-worth of new construction projects set to be awarded during the year.
Jubran Abdulrahman, the managing director, HCE said, “We are naturally delighted with the tremendous response to gulfBID2013. The fact that there is now a waiting list for prospective participants demonstrates unequivocally the show’s ongoing value proposition, which we are committed to maintain for all exhibitors and partners."
“What is particularly encouraging this year is the number of Bahraini companies who are, in association with Tamkeen, putting their trust in gulfBID for the first time as their preferred B2B networking platform. We look forward to establishing a close rapport with them and all the exhibitors in what we hope is a long-term and, above all, profitable relationship with the show,” he added.
Underpinning the show’s longevity is the public and private sector support it enjoys. This includes the support of Tamkeen’s Tarweej scheme, whereby up to 80 per cent of the participating costs of eligible Bahraini companies are subsidised.
Other supporters of gulfBID2013 include Bahrain’s Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bahrain Exhibition & Convention Authority (BECA), the German Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Ghorfa) and British Expertise.-TradeArabia News Service