309,00sqm facility will strengthen Bahrain’s event infrastructure and allow it to host larger events in future
Leading Bahrain government officials, led by the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism and Chairman of the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority (BTEA), Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani, recently visited the project site of the upcoming Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre, coming up in the Sakhir region of the country.
In January 2020, the foundation stone for the $220 million project was laid by HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister. During the site visit, Al Zayani was given a presentation on the project’s implementation phases by Tilke consultancy, and Cebarco Bahrain, the contractor of the project, a Bahrain News Agency (BNA) report said.
The Expo Centre will come up on a 309,000sqm area next to the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir. The 149,000sqm main building will include 10 exhibition areas, totalling 95,000 sqm, along with dedicated areas for retail and events.
The facility will also include a 4,500-sq-m conference hall divided into three separate hi-tech rooms, in addition to twenty-seven small and medium sized conference and meeting rooms.
The new facility will significantly strengthen the kingdom’s event infrastructure and enable it to host greater numbers of larger events in the future, the report added.
The minister expressed delight at the beginning of the implementation of the strategic project, noting that the exhibition centre will motivate all sectors that support tourism in order to diversify sources of income, in line with the directives of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.