ASM Global has become the managing operator of the Gulf region’s largest exhibition and convention centre ahead of its opening next year.

The Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre in Sakhir will have a total site area of 309,000 square metres across 10 halls, a 4,000-seat tiered auditorium, event organisers’ office space and 95 meeting rooms. There will also be Royal and VIP Majlis and a 250-seat restaurant. 

The brand-new destination will boast state-of-the-art technology, as well as having flexibility to host a range of events from exhibitions and conventions to concerts and live events.

Harvey Lister, ASM Global APAC chairman and chief executive, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed the operator of what will be a landmark development, which will further position Bahrain as a growing international destination helping to drive growth and create jobs as well as a legacy for the Kingdom.

“We look forward to working with Bahrain Tourism & Exhibition Authority in creating a brand new exhibition and convention hub at the heart of the region.”

ASM Global was appointed by Bahrain Tourism & Exhibition Authority (BTEA) following a tender process. 

Dr. Nasser Qaedi, chief executive officer, Bahrain Tourism & Exhibition Authority, added: “The new centre will reinforce the Kingdom’s status regionally and internationally and Bahrain’s position in the MICE [meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions] industry. We look forward to working with ASM Global to attract international exhibitions and conferences to be held in Bahrain.”