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Industrialization diversification in the Gulf is a priority

22nd September 2016

The 10th edition of Gulf Industry Fair 2017 (GIF) takes place at a critical time for the promotion of the economic diversification of the GCC’s national economies according to the event organizers Hilal Conferences and Exhibitions.

Gulf Industry Fair 2017 takes place from the 7th – 9th February under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

“Despite a regional economic slowdown caused by low oil prices, ongoing investment in GCC industrial infrastructure remains strong. Notably, the announcement earlier this year of Saudi Arabia’s long-term 2030 Vision blueprint is likely to be a key driver of the Gulf’s industrial ambitions in coming years as the region’s biggest economy accelerates diversification efforts.” says Jubran Abdulrahman, Managing Director of HCE, organizers of GIF.

“Gulf Industry Fair is dedicated to promoting the economic opportunities arising from the march to diversifying the economies of the GCC “Adds Mr. Abdulrahman.

Gulf Industry Fair, has built its unique reputation as a one-stop shop for key sectors of industrial development. GIF has concentrated on the Aluminium sector,  Energy and Environmental Protection, Industrial Metals, Industrial Processes and Manufacturing, Logistics and Industrial Facilities, Industrial Security and Safety, Ports and Maritime Industries as well as Training for Industry.

“In 2016, GIF proved to be a successful showcase for the both exhibitors and visitors . The event attracted 3,325 unique registered visitors.  Analysis of the demographics of the visitors revealed that 15 % of the visitors attending came from Saudi Arabia and 43% of the total visitor numbers were decision makers.” Says Ahmed Suleiman, Exhibitions Director.  “For 2017 we will be looking to add to the large exhibitor participation from Saudi Arabia and build upon the Training for Industry workshops, seminars and conferences which provide an invaluable opportunity to exchange skills and knowledge between the participants” adds Mr Suleiman.

Gulf Industry Fair is supported by leading industrial giants in Bahrain, including the National Oil & Gas Authority (Noga) in association with Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco), and Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), both of whom are in the midst of major expansion projects

For further information or space bookings please visit



Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC)
Building 158, Avenue 28, Sanabis, Block 410
P.O. Box 11644
Kingdom of Bahrain

+973 17 299 123

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