Bahrain ministries ink deal to begin construction on exhibition centre
Tender Board awarded a construction contract to Cebarco Bahrain for the centre to be completed in mid-2022
Bahrain’s Minister of Industry Commerce and Tourism, Zayed bin Radhi Al-Zayani and Minister of Works, Municipalities Affairs, and Urban Planning, Essam bin Abdulla Khalaf have signed an agreement to begin construction work on the 30.ha Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre in Sakhir.
Cebarco Bahrain, a building and civil engineering firm will complete construction work on the facility in Sakhir by mid-2022, with the contract being awarded to the firm by the Tender Board, according to the industry minister, the Bahrain News Agency reported.
The Tender Board had picked Cebarco as the lowest bidder, with $209.8m (BHD79.1bn), among eight bids that were submitted for the project in May 2019.
Once developed the centre will be located adjacent to the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir. The centre will be built on a land plot of 1.3km2, with the size of the facility being five times bigger than the current exhibition centre in Sanabis, according to the industry minister.
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The minister added that the centre will position Bahrain as a leading tourism and commercial destination in the near future. Meanwhile, the works minister said that the exhibition centre will create more jobs and attract more investments to the kingdom.
Khalaf added that the centre will feature 10 exhibition halls covering a total area of 95,000m2, in addition to service areas for retail and events.
The facility will be home to a 4,500m2 conference hall, which will be divided into three separate hi-tech rooms. Additionally, the structure will also feature 27 small and medium conference and meeting rooms, with a total area of about 1,700m2.
The centre will also include an external gate, control rooms, guards’ rooms, two majlises, and a parking bay that can accommodate up to 1,600 vehicles.
German consultant Tilke GmbH & Co KG, which worked on the Bahrain International Circuit, has designed and supervised the exhibition and convention centre.