Bahrain's mega $221mln expo centre project on track

30% of the project already completed

  
Construction worker on scaffolding in construction site. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Construction worker on scaffolding in construction site. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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Work is moving at a steady pace on the new Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre (BIECC) in Sakhir with 30 per cent of the project already completed. Once ready, the BIECC facility will be largest expo centre in the Middle East spread over a 1.3 million sq m area.
 
The foundation stone for the BD84 million ($221 million) mega project was laid by HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince Prime Minister, in January last year.
 
The project next to Bahrain International Circuit features exhibition halls and conference rooms fitted with the latest technology to host major shows and celebrations and seal trade transactions.
 
It will include 10 exhibition halls covering a total of 95,000 sq m, in addition to attached stores and independent entrances and exits.
 
It will also feature two VIP majlis to receive high-level visitors, in addition to control rooms, internal roads, services and parking for 1,600 cars, of which about 130 parking spaces will be reserved for VIPs.
 
With the work in full swing, the expo centre is due for completion by the second quarter of 2022, said
 
Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani after an inspection tour of the BIECC facility yesterday (May 11).
 
Al Zayani, who is also the Board Chairman of Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority (BTEA), received a briefing on the latest developments in implementing the project.
 
He praised the efforts of the Ministry of Works, Municipality Affairs and Urban Planning for its supervisory role supporting the implementation of the strategic project.
 
The minister affirmed that the project is the biggest one carried out by BTEA and will provide an exemplary venue to host international events.
 
The centre will further attract the organising companies of exhibitions and conferences to hold their international events in it, said Al Zayani.
 
This will further promote the tourism sector in the kingdom so as to diversify revenues and achieve the aspirations of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, he added.-TradeArabia News Service

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