New expo centre ‘will bolster tourism’s growth role’

MANAMA: A new international exhibition and convention centre in Sakhir will help bolster the kingdom’s standing as the destination of choice for a number of high-level international and regional events, the Crown Prince said yesterday.

His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, said Bahrain is well on target to achieve its development goals as he attended the foundation stone-laying ceremony of Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre in Sakhir, which took place under his patronage.

He highlighted that the kingdom’s rapid development and modernisation across a wide range of fields confirms Bahrain is progressing towards achieving its development goals.


The Crown Prince stressed the importance of continuing to promote Bahrain as a key tourism and investment destination, to support the kingdom’s comprehensive development, led by His Majesty King Hamad.

He noted the significant growth of the exhibition and convention sector, which has transformed Bahrain into the destination of choice for a number of high-level international and regional events, as well as a number of corporate activities throughout the year.

The Crown Prince then proceeded to lay the foundation stone of the convention centre, underlining its importance as a means to attract even more events to the kingdom.

The Crown Prince emphasised that the new centre reflects the kingdom’s efforts to increase competitiveness, contribute to economic diversification and growth, and meet the aspirations of Bahraini citizens.


During the ceremony, Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister Zayed Alzayani expressed his appreciation for the ongoing support the Crown Prince has shown towards the project, remarking that it will significantly strengthen the kingdom’s event infrastructure and enable Bahrain to host greater numbers of larger events in the future.

Mr Alzayani noted that the centre will be a model site characterised by an imposing infrastructure, as well as the highest standards in technology and service.

The Crown Prince was accompanied by Shaikh Isa bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

A number of senior officials also attended.



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