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26 – 28 April ’10:3rd Middle East Energy Security Forum (MEESEC 2010) in Bahrain

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

”Develop & Deploy Strategic & Intensive Security Mechanisms in Preparation for the Unanticipated”

Following the overwhelming success of the conference over the last two years, Fleming Gulf is delighted to announce its 3rd Middle East Energy Security Forum 2010 scheduled to take place on 26th – 28th April 2010, Bahrain.

”Bringing together some of the brightest minds from leading regional and international organizations, with opportunities to share knowledge and vast areas of experience, MEESEC 2010 is the Middle East’s leading -must attend energy security forum- that reveals the latest strategies & technologies which can be implemented to effectively mitigate threats. The event will address the increasing need for the effective and efficient integration of operations into an overall business security strategy as well as the implications behind such integration into the business. The strongest point of our events has been format of conference which allows good interaction between the participants. Moreover the event is a must not miss gathering of security professionals commented Shefiu Ismael, Conference Producer at Fleming Gulf and responsible for this event.

Taking place over 3 days, the event has proven itself to be the focal point for discussion on the best practices, innovative solutions and creative ideas on successful key security issues.

The third in a series of successful annual forums, the event aims to emulate the success of its predecessors by strategically meeting the heavy demands on the energy security today.
Enriched speaker panel (leading industrial figures from renowned organizations like : Qatar Petroleum, College of North Atlantic, QatarGas, Honeywell Security Middle East, American Society Industrial Security (ASIS), Qatar, Pakistan Petroleum Ltd, Dolphin Energy, RasGas
Nabors Drilling Internal Ltd, Anadarko Petroleum, Department of Energy Energy Security Division, USA, King Abdullah University, KSA, Australian Institute Of Public Safety, Raytheon, Qatar etc) and due support of American Society Industrial Security (ASIS), Doha Chapter and our premium sponsors (Qatar Petroleum, Olive Group, Honeywell, Raytheon, College of North Atlantic, Siemens and Stratos ) contributed to the overwhelming success of the forum last year.

Hence, the event promises to be even bigger and spectacular this year with a 3 days highly focused program that will be finely crafted in support of our distinguished panel of advisors who are expert leaders in regional and international security sector ,just to name a few Robert Ream, Deputy Director Directorate Industrial Security, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar, Nigel Carpenter, Former Deputy Group Head of Security, BP, Managing Director, GSR Associates, Dennis Shepp, Independent Security Management Consultant & Advisor, Special Security Services KAUST, KSA, Lachlan Simpkins, former Security Operations Manager, Nabors Drilling and current Security Consultant, UAE, Williams Kenanagha, Security Operations Manager, Total Nigeria, Nigeria. Discussions vary from current security challenges, in depth examination of terrorist threats and latest emergency response strategies, evaluation of brand new security technologies, solutions, products and services, that could help safeguard company infrastructure, focussed session on Iraq, and many more.

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About Fleming Gulf

Fleming Gulf events are carefully designed to provide key strategic business information and the best networking opportunities for the participants. Our business to business conferences are highly interactive events with a limited number of delegates from specialized industry sectors. For each conference Fleming Gulf brings together selected senior level executives who become part of a premium community discussing the questions of the day and enjoying the value of a five star event.


Sunday, May 10th, 2009

BITE 2009 Press release


Undaunted by the crisis caused due to the global recession in the travel industry, Bahrain International Travel Expo BITE 2009 the first Business to Consumers (B2C) Travel and Tourism event in the region, is all set to open for the 5th successful year from 14th to 16th May 2009 under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa Crown Prince and Chairman Bahrain Economic Development Board. 

Magnum Events and Exhibitions Management MEEM the organizers of BITE admits that it’s hard to match the record number of exhibitors and quality hosted buyers that the show received last year. But the show must go on, says Jamil Wafa, founder and group chairman, Magnum Holding, the parent company of MEEM. 

BITE is a commitment we have made to Bahrain and to the Crown Prince His Highness Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who supported the exhibition since its inception. We will continue with our promise and commitment despite the challenges,said Wafa 

Several leading regional and international companies are participating in a big way and there is no compromise on the quality of the show, adds Wafa. 

After all Bite is a gathering of the right company … meeting the right people… at the right time … A place where great minds meet! 

BITE offers the ideal forum for the coming together of reputed and international operators from a cross section of travel related businesses from Airlines, Car Rental Companies, Conventions & Exhibitions, Cruise Lines, Health Resorts & Spas, Hotel Accommodation Providers, Medical Tourism, MICE Organizers, Tourist Attractions, Tourism Boards, Tour Operators, Travel Insurance & Travel and Tourism Publications to interact with around 20,000 consumers and international MICE buyers under one roof. 

There are many cultural surprises and attractions planned for the BITE stage extravaganza. Numerous exhibitors from the world have prepared special activities including national dancers, singers, musicians and performers as part of the cultural treat at this year’s show. Additionally BITE 2009 is a great opportunity for travelers to discover a wide range of promotions and special deals that exhibitors have on offer for those consumers planning a vacation. BITE is the ideal place for visitors to obtain the latest information about the travel and tourism industry trends and book holiday packages customized to suit their specific budgets and needs.  

In a bid to promote tourism to Bahrain, BITE is for the fourth consecutive year, organizing the Hosted Buyers Program. This program runs from the 13th to the 16th May 2009, for key international MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) planners. All the professionals invited to the Hosted Buyers Program are responsible for planning, organizing, recommending and making financial decisions for their international MICE events outside their home countries. 

The comprehensive destination program includes one-on-one meetings between buyers and sellers at the travel show and a golden opportunity to showcase Bahrain’s renowned Arabian hospitality and delights. The Hosted Buyers will experience first hand the excellent conference and hospitality facilities Bahrain has to offer, check out the facilities at the Bahrain International Circuit, the Royal Golf Club and visit the various cultural and historical attractions in the Kingdom. A number of Bahrain’s finest properties, such as The Ritz Carlton Bahrain Resort and Spa, The Banyan Tree, Coral Beach, Caramel Caf© and Elite Resort & Spa will be hosting the Hosted Buyers for lunches and dinners during their visit.  

Tamkeen along with Bahrain Training Institute (The Travel Academy), Bahrain Institute for Hospitality and Retail (BIRD) and Bahrain Development Bank will participate at BITE to highlight the role of the Labor Fund in supporting the private sector and the tourism industry in particular. Tamkeen are inviting small and medium enterprises in the travel and tourism sector to benefit from the Growth Assistance Programme (GAP) by their co-financing scheme designed to support SME’s to be sustainable and increase the reach of their products and services, by participating in BITE. Tamkeen will highlight career opportunities for Bahraini nationals as part of the Labor Fund’s endeavor of providing skilled human capital for value added jobs.  

A 35-member high profile delegation from Egypt, led by the Tourism Minister H.E. Mr. Zuhair Garana will be participating at BITE 2009 to promote the country’s history and heritage.  

BITE has grown over the past five years from a show in 2005 with 14 countries, 40 exhibitors, 1100 sqm area and 12,500 visitors to 44 countries, 120 exhibitors, 8000 sqm space and 18000 visitors in 2008. We expect to have around 100 exhibitors from approximately 40 countries to be part of BITE 2009 occupying an area of 6500 sqm.  

The Platinum Sponsors are Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) along with Etihad Airways. Qatar Airways the Gold Sponsor and Gulf Air are the official carrier. BITE is actively supported by the Ministry of Culture and Information, the Capital Governorate and Bahrain Exhibition and Convention Authority. Elite Hospitality are the Official Hotel, Voice FM the Official Radio Channel and Al Hilal Group the Media Partners. 

Issued on 21st April 2009 by : 


Abraham John

Executive Director,

Magnum Events and Exhibitions Management MEEM (Organizers of BITE) 

BECA’s robust Q1 performance demonstrates event marketing can carry brands through the storm

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York

Manama, 27th April 2009 — Just as in football, where an interception can change a game’s momentum, three international business-to-business events held at the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC) during the first quarter of 2009 achieved their best performance ever, raising the game for professional exhibition and conference organizers in the region.

All three events were held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, The Prime Minster of the Kingdom of Bahrain. MEFTEC, the world’s leading dedicated financial technology event, opened its fifth annual edition in the country to a sell-out audience whilst the delegate and exhibitor attendance at the 16th Middle East Oil & Gas Show & Conference (MEOS), Bahrain’s premier petroleum event for 2009, was up 30 per cent on MEOS 2007.

HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York and UK’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment, visited MEACO 2009 and met with the Senior Management of BECA.

 Delegate attendance at the 10th International Congress of the Middle East African Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) in Bahrain was the highest-ever for MEACO and exceeded its delegate numbers at its Dubai Congress in 2007. MEACO 2009 was the first-ever international Medical Association Congress won by Bahrain with more than 2,000 high spending medical professionals and over 500 international speakers visiting the destination.

 Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC), the country’s largest, interconnected and most flexible trade show and convention facility is managed by Bahrain Exhibition & Convention Authority (BECA). BECA functions under the Industry and Commerce Ministry with His Excellency Dr. Hassan A. Fakhro, Minister of Industry & Commerce as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

 Face-to-face interaction

 One+, the official publication of Texas-based Meeting Professionals International (MPI), reports in its March/April 2009 issue that one of the top reasons executives say event marketing is so effective is because it brings customers and companies face-to-face. And that, in turn, helps foster relationships more effectively than any other form of interaction.

 According to preliminary findings from the EventView 2009 survey published by the MPI Foundation, Event Marketing Institute and marketing firm, George P. Johnson (GPJ), the numbers concur. Forty-four per cent said that event marketing is the marketing discipline  that best accelerates and deepens relationships, trailed by a wide margin by public relations at 23 per cent.

 EventView is the longest-running study of the event marketing industry and has been annually published since 2002. Respondents primarily consist of top-ranking marketingexecutives at companies in Western Europe and Asia with Euros 200 million to Euros 4 billion in revenue. Everything from trade and road shows to sponsored concerts to intimate client meetings are classified as events in the survey.

 Buoyed by encouraging policy measures including economic stimulus plans recently announced by governments in the Gulf in response to the challenges of the global credit crunch, Bahrain’s MICE industry is weathering the storm with a robust performance in the first quarter of 2009.

 It landed the World Academy for Laser Applications WALA-Laser2009 Universal Conference & Exhibition with Anti-Aging and Aesthetic Symposium account. Commencing 19th to 21st October 2009 at the BIECC, this three-day international medical event is expected to attract more than 1,000 delegates from all over the world particularly from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Iran, India and the GCC countries, of which 120 are speakers from the laser profession including a few Nobel Prize winners. WALA-Laser2009 is supported by the Arab League, GCC, ASLMS and King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSHRC) and will be attended by business experts from the global arena.

 Prof. Farouk A.H. Al-Watban, BSc, MSc, PhD, Consultant for Laser Medicine, and Laser Technology, President for the World Academy of Laser Applications 2009 (WALA), and past President (2006-2008) of the World Association for Laser Therapy (WALT) says,“This progressive multidisciplinary conference and exhibition is designed to bring an update on new laser, aesthetic and anti-aging technology and products in aver interactive format that will provide unparalleled educational experience.

 Elegant Training, the Bahrain-based organiser of the inaugural medical event, has booked 150 room nights for the speakers. With approximately 200 companies exhibiting, the WALA meeting and exhibition is forecast to generate an economic impact of US$1.37 million for Bahrain.

 BECA also converted a lead for the 21st Congress of the Arab Division of the International Academy of Pathology into a sale. This will run from the 6th till the 8th of December 2009 in BIECC’s Convention Centre.

 BECA’s robust Q1 performance demonstrates event marketing can carry Several other potential new businesses are being explored by BECA, of which three are based in the U.S., two in Germany, one in the UAE and another in Bahrain.

 Icing on the cake

 Winning recognition from three globally-renowned organisers for delivering exceptional customer experiences during the first quarter of 2009 was the icing on the cake for BECA.

 BECA won praises from U.K.-based Media Generation Group plc and PennWell Corporation as well as Saudi-based MEACO for going the extra mile in the delivery of its services during each of the three events that were hosted at between February and March 2009.

 Media Generation Group plc and PennWell Corporation organised MEFTEC 2009 and Power-Gen Middle East 2009, respectively, whilst MEACO is the association behind the region’s largest ophthalmic biennial meeting that attracts eye care professionals and exhibiting companies from the Middle East and Africa, Europe, the Americas, South and Far East Asia and Australia.

This reflects BECA’s commitment to building a culture that places our customers at the heart of everything we do, says Hassan Jaffar Mohamed, Acting CEO of BECA. It demonstrates that customers needs and aspirations genuinely form the basis for the design and delivery of our services.

 In separate letters addressed to the Management of the Authority, the two British organisers praised the quality of the service they have received from Bahrain’s forerunner business tourism organization. MEACO conferred an award on BECA for exemplary service at the inauguration of its five-day International Congress in Bahrain.

 Ms. Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, Deputy CEO of BECA, received the award from Dr. Ebtisam Al-Alawi, FRCS, MRCOphth, DO and Chairperson MEACO ‘s Organising Committee in Bahrain.

Our goal is to challenge the expectations of people who may have preconceptions about Bahrain by doing everything possible to ensure the country is at the top of the list when it comes to organisations choosing their destinations,â€? says Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, Deputy CEO of BECA. Providing exceptional value through customer service does not only work to BECA’s advantage, it also ensures that our stakeholders and the community benefit.

Suppliers are becoming more and more aware of the value of business-to-business events and business-to-consumer exhibitions in these challenging times, says Ms. Stanford-Kristiansen. “They are realising the importance of face-to-face interaction ininstilling confidence in their customers and marketing their company’s products or services in the current economic crisis. Amongst peers, you are more conspicuous by your absence.

 ”In support of its recommendation to diversify and include a strong international associationelement in BECA’s events mix, the Authority earlier this year became a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). ASAE is an individual membership organization of more than 22,000 association executives and industry partners representing nearly 11,000 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in 50 countries around the globe, as well as provide products and services to the association community.

ASAE is the key medium to reach buyers from North America, explains Ms. Stanford-Kristiansen. This move complements BECA’s membership in Singapore-based Asian Federation of Exhibition & Convention Associations (AFECA), Brussels-based International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC), Paris-headquartered Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), Amsterdam-based International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA), Dallas-based Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Chicago-headquartered Society of Incentive Travel Executives (SITE) and Hertfordshire-based Association of Event Venues Limited (AEV).

 Ms. Stanford-Kristiansen also initiated the holding of the Team Bahrain MICE Conference at the BIECC earlier this month with Paul Flackett, Managing Director of IMEX – the biggest MICE conference in the world – as the guest speaker. More than 50 decisionmakers and representatives from Bahrain’s MICE industry including the media attended the first of many events BECA will be organizing with industry stakeholders. More than 30 companies and organizations were represented at the event.

 According to Mr. Flackett who has spent 25 years in the meetings and incentives industry, the MICE industry is robust, “The Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) industry in the region has survived two Gulf Wars, the Sars outbreak, terrorism and a tsunami, so it will certainly survive the credit crunch.

 Ms. Stanford-Kristiansen says, “The next session will be more interactive working session or round table discussions with a panel of speakers so that we get everyone actively involved.

 Representatives from George P. Johnson (U.K.), the world’s premier experience marketing agency, visited BIECC last month. BECA organized their two-day site inspection of the destination’s meeting facilities and other venues.

 According to Ms. Stanford-Kristiansen, the Authority’s long-term, harmonised alliances with industry stakeholders such as Tourism Affairs, the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), Gulf Air, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry and others from the leisure and hospitality sectors is valuable. We need their active involvement in order to extend Bahrain’s marketing reach and generate demand for the destination well into the future, she emphasises.

 About Bahrain Exhibition & Convention Authority (BECA) :

Bahrain Exhibition & Convention Authority (BECA) is the forerunner organization with a mandate to market the Kingdom of Bahrain as a preferred, all year-round business destination and cultivate partnerships with key Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) industry stakeholders by pursuing market development work in the international business sector. Its MICE, Destination Marketing & PR Department seeks to achieve this mandate by nurturing a healthy business environment for the exhibition, convention, meetings and incentive travel community in partnership with the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIEC), the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), Gulf Air, Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Tourism Affairs and the hospitality and leisure tourism industry.

 Press Contact :

Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen

 Deputy Chief Executive Officer

 Bahrain Exhibition & Convention Authority (BECA)

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