Cebarco named lowest bidder for Bahrain's 31ha exhibition centre

The civil engineering company's $209.8-million bid was lowest of eight submitted for the project, Tender Board data shows

An exhibition centre is upcoming in Bahrain's Sakhir.
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An exhibition centre is upcoming in Bahrain's Sakhir.

Bahrain-based civil engineering firm Cebarco has emerged as the lowest bidder for tender to build an international exhibition and convention centre in the kingdom’s Sakhir area.

According to Bahrain's Tender Board, Cebarco quoted $209.8m (BHD79.1bn) for the project, which was estimated to be lower than other contractors that submitted their bids for the 30.8ha centre.

A listing by Bahrain's Tender Board shows that Al Hafeera Contracting Company; Al Ghanim General Trading and Contracting; Rizzani De Eccher; Six Construct; Shapoorji Pallonji Mideast; Mohammed Abdulmohsen Al-Kharafi Sons Company; and Nass Contracting Co also submitted bids for the project. 

In November 2017, Tilke Engineers and Architects was awarded a consultancy services contract for the project, which according to project listing site ProTenders is a part of Bahrain Expo City.

The tender was awarded by Bahrain's Ministry of Works, Municipal Affairs, and Urban Planning.

Located next to Bahrain International Circuit, the exhibition centre will comprise 10 halls with a total area of 95,000m2, and a 4,500m2 conference hall that can be divided into three separate spaces.

According to ProTenders, the upcoming centre will be 10 times bigger than Bahrain’s existing exhibition centre.

Bahrain's state news agency BNA reported in November 2017, quoting Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani, the kingdom's Minister of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism, that the project was part of government plans to develop the local exhibitions industry.

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