Placing Bahrain on the map of international tourism, the new state of the art expo centre will be a major boost to the tourism sector. The foundation stone laying ceremony of the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Center in Sakhir took place under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister.

Following the ceremony, Chairman of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) Sameer Nass expressed pride in the project and voiced confidence in its prospect in attracting prominent events, invigorating the exhibitions and tourism sector, creating jobs, and putting the Kingdom of Bahrain on the map of international tourism.

According to BCCI Aysha Ebrahim Ali, Salem Nass also hailed the strenuous strides of the wise leadership headed by his Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on modernizing the infrastructure, diversifying sources of income, and accelerating the development pace of the Kingdom of Bahrain, which comes in line with the Kingdom’s ambitious economic vision and genuine keenness to achieve sustainable development and prosperity. He also highlighted the outcomes of such strides on consolidating Bahrain’s competitiveness and attractiveness as a business and investment destination.

It is worth mentioning that the new Exhibition and Convention Centre in Sakhir will be built on 309,000 square meters of land. The 149,000 square meters main building will include ten exhibition areas, totalling 95,000 square meters, along with dedicated areas for retail and events. The facility will also include a 4,500 square meter conference hall divided into three separate hi-tech rooms, in addition to twenty-seven small and medium-sized conference and meeting rooms.

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) officially revealed the new identity and logo in light of Manama being selected as the “Capital of Arab Tourism” for 2020 during New Year’s Eve celebratory event organized by the BTEA. The selection of Manama as the “Capital of Arab Tourism for 2020” was announced during the 22nd session of the Arab Ministerial Council for Tourism, which was held in Al Ahsa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.