Asry is providing strategic support for the Ports and Maritime zone.

Asry is providing strategic support for the Ports and Maritime zone.

Gulf Industry Fair approaching

01 December 2013

ORGANISERS of Gulf Industry Fair 2014, scheduled to take place in Bahrain in February, are confident the Northern Gulf’s premier B2B exhibition will equal or surpass the success of the 2013 show considering that demand from local, regional and international exhibitors is brisk.

The forthcoming event bids fair to match or overtake the floor space of last year’s 3,200 sq m, says Hilal Conferences and Exhibitions (HCE) which reports major sponsors have once again thrown their weight behind the fair, February 4 to 6, Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre (BIECC). 

Major sponsoring firms include  Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard (Asry), Bahrain’s National Oil and Gas Authority (Noga) and the Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), Majaal Warehouse Company and Ahmed Mansoor Al Aali.

“The strategic support of a maritime company of Asry’s global stature and pedigree is integral to our goal of raising the profile of the fair’s Ports and Maritime Zone,” HCE managing director Jubran Abdulrahman said. “Asry’s involvement will highlight the capacities, capabilities and competitive advantages of Bahrain and the GCC for ship repair and maritime industries, and the importance of the sector to regional economies,” he added.

Asry acting chief executive Nils Kristian Berge said Gulf Industry Fair has traditionally and consistently provided the company an excellent platform to not only promote its services, but also demonstrate its support for the kingdom’s industrial sector.

“This year our strategic support for the fair will place greater emphasis on the potential of the region’s maritime sector, and Asry’s leadership position thereof,” he added.

Bahrain’s Labour Fund Tamkeen is also playing a key role at the fair by supporting local companies through its Tarweej scheme which provides up to 80 per cent of the participating costs to eligible Bahraini companies who showcase their products and services at Gulf Industry Fair and other local and
regional exhibitions.

“Now in its seventh edition, Gulf Industry Fair has firmly established itself as the premier event of its kind in the Gulf,” says Abdulrahman. The GGC states, including the Northern Gulf countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, are spending billions of dollars in a bid to diversify their economies, says Abdulrahman, adding that events such as Gulf Industry Fair have “an important part to play in the industrial diversification of the region by providing a B2B marketplace for companies who are part of this industrialisation.

The 2014 edition, promises more companies – from large industrial enterprises to an array of industrial services companies and product suppliers – will display the latest products and services. “In 2013, the Dutch Pavilion achieved business success for many of its participating companies,” says Abdulrahman, adding that their renewed participation along with other international companies will “add to the global flavour of the fair.”



A series of sector-specific zones will, as in previous years, bring together large organisations, purchasers and suppliers in close proximity, creating a captive B2B networking environment in the main hall of the BIECC.

The show will feature zones for Aluminium (supported by Alba), Ports and Maritime (supported by Asry), Industrial Facilities (supported by First Bahrain-Majaal), Industrial Processes (supported by Bahrain’s Ahmed Mansoor Al Aali), and Energy (supported by Noga and Bapco).

The Aluminium Zone promises to reflect that sector’s positive global demand outlook, which continues to drive opportunity for downstream suppliers such as Bahraini companies ITSS, Garmco, Balexco, Midal Cables, Ameeri Industries and Turk Mechanical, who will all demonstrate their capabilities at the show.

Other specialist zones are attracting similarly strong responses with the Energy Zone mixing local and regional players such as Hidd Power and Tebodin.

In addition to the zone sponsors, the 2014 show also enjoys support from British Offset, The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), the Middle East Association, AHK (German Network Chambers), the Gulf Aluminium Council (GAC) and Machinery Trade International.

The 2013 edition attracted 110 exhibitors and 3,000 visitors. Hopes are high that the 2014 show will comfortably eclipse this as the Northern Gulf’s industrial sector continues its relentless drive ahead.

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