A stall at gulfBID

A stall at gulfBID

Trio of shows a huge success

June 2013

A COMBINED event comprising three shows held in Bahrain by Hilal Conferences and Exhibitions (HCE) for the construction, interiors and property sectors has been hailed as a huge success and an indicator of business recovery in the kingdom.

The exhibitions – gulfBID, gulfInteriors and Gulf Property Show  – were held in the first fortnight of May and attracted a total of 187 companies, of which nearly 100 showed up for the construction showpiece gulfBID. Another 72 participated in gulfInteriors with the remainder exhibiting at Gulf Property Show’s maiden appearance.   The trio created the biggest combined business to business (B2B) and business to consumer (B2C) showpiece ever staged in Bahrain.

HCE managing director Jubran Abdulrahman observed that the three shows fed off each other and said it was clear from talking to participants that there is a new sense of optimism about the state of the economy.

“gulfBID was 30 per cent bigger this year, gulfInteriors 60 per cent bigger and the property event was a complete sell out,” he said. “Exhibitors have voted the three-show formula a major success and we will repeat this format next year but we may have to have a reassessment after that as the event continues to expand,” he said.

Visitors at the Gulf Property Show

The Prime Minister, HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, praised the quality of products showcased and stated that construction was going hand in hand with the economic growth momentum. He hailed Saudi participation, welcomed all Arab and foreign exhibitors and stressed Bahrain’s keenness on economic complementarity as a cornerstone of a projected Gulf Union.

“It was very challenging to run three shows together for the first time but exhibitors have risen to the occasion and put on a magnificent show,” said HCE exhibitions director Ahmed Suleiman.

“The feedback so far has been extremely positive with visitors saying this is an even more user-friendly event because of the increased scope in exhibitors.”

“This Gulf Property Show is the culmination of a number of significant initiatives and steps taken by the government to revitalise the economy, and what we see here is the wonderful outcome of the efforts,” said Aaref Hejres, Bahrain Property Developers Association  (BaPDA) chairman. He described it as “an effective showcase and platform.”

AMA Motors, part of the Ahmed Mansoor Al A’ali Group, chose the show to launch its new MAN CLA truck range. Kobaisi Building Systems introduced its latest technology in the prefabrication of block wall and concrete elements.

A booth promoting interior products

Bahrain-based Falcom Trading, announced plans to set up a trading arm in Saudi Arabia. Manoj Bhatia, chairman of Naraina Holding Company of which Falcon is part, said gulfBID had provided a good platform for the company to meet buyers and sellers.

Modern Glass Technology announced it won enough deals at the event to keep it busy for at least the next six months and first timer Saria signed deals for the supply of parquet flooring imported from Europe.

Sanitaryware specialist Suha Galleria reported completing 20 deals on the very first day. Business development manager Khalid Nasser commented: “We have been talking to individual customers and contractors and some developers from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait and things have been much stronger this year. That is a reflection of a turn up in the industry both locally and across the region,” he said.

Yousif Salahuddin of Serendipity sold 10 Jacuzzis on opening day.  London-based Lighting specialist Sylvania with 17 factories across six countries made its debut and regional manager Fakhruddin Golwala said it was “a positive move.”

German Kitchens and Furnishings, a subsidiary of Sunday International, made its first appearance at the gulfInteriors show and converted parts of its booth into model kitchens. Rockweed, a specialist in fitouts for restaurants and shops launched from its stall its Darna brand of products including LED lamps, sensor trash bins and fancy clocks.

Lumineux Interiors’ design director Manal Bukamal said the show was a great experience. Apoli highlighted new products including carpets and fabrics, and Bahrain Artistic Frames showed off its amazing repertoire of frames that has won it deals from major hotels over the past 25 years that it has been in business.

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