Largest exhibition & convention centre to open in 2022

Published on : Thursday, February 17, 2022

The new Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre, due to open later this year, is set to boost Bahrain’s position as a leading meetings and events destination, attracting future tourism investment and events to the region. 

With 95,000 sq m of exhibition space over 10 halls, a 4,000-seat tiered auditorium, 95 meeting rooms, Royal and VIP Majlis and a 250-seat restaurant, the centre will be the largest venue of its kind in the Middle East, said Dr Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, the General Manager of the centre.

Dr Stanford-Kristiansen addressing the Bahrain British Business Forum (BBBF), said that he is truly honoured to have been appointed as General Manager of the new Bahrain IECC and to work closely with our owner; Bahrain Tourism & Exhibitions Authority to develop and grow the international Mice business and to create a long-term legacy for Bahrain and to have the privilege to help mentor, develop and build the talent and skill set of young Bahrainis for generations to come.



Khalid Zayani OBE, BBBF Chairman said that they are delighted to hear about the latest developments and future plans for the new Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre.

They are positive the centre will firmly place Bahrain on the meetings and events map in the Middle East, attracting world class events to be held in the kingdom.


The new Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre is managed and operated by ASM Global, the world’s leading venue management and event services company, connecting people through the power of live experiences. 

Dr Stanford-Kristiansen who has lived and worked in the Middle East for 17 years, was appointed as the General Manager of the new centre last April.

She has most recently been nominated for the Global Women in Leadership Award 2022, awarded Most Inspirational Woman in Middle East Entertainment 2021, ranked in the Top 30 Most Inspirational Women in the Arab World 2019 and Middle East Female CEO of the Year 2018, and has a long and distinguished career in the Mice tourism, exhibition, events and entertainment industries.




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