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Go Green
For all you gardening enthusiasts, the wait for the much anticipated event of the year is finally over as the Bahrain International Garden Show 2015 unveils this month.

Are you an avid gardener? Do you have green fingers? Are you interested in growing your own vegetables or looking to reinvent you garden? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this event is right up your street (or should we say garden)!

The Bahrain International Garden Show (BIGS) 2015 will be held at the Bahrain International Convention and Exhibition Centre from February 25 to March 1, under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa with the continued support of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of the King of Bahrain and President of the Consultative Council of the National Initiative for Agricultural Development (NIAD).

Bahrain takes great pride in its agricultural heritage and, considering the country’s technological and economic developments as well as urban expansion, it has become necessary to improve agricultural expertise to keep abreast of developments that are in line with the future of the agricultural sector and its sustainability.

Hence, the show’s theme is ‘Agricultural Training for Sustainable Harvest’, which will focus on training programmes, education qualifications and capacity building aimed at experts, enthusiasts, school students and graduates to enhance existing expertise and to train a new generation of specialists and technicians in the field of agricultural production.

BIGS, organised by the NIAD, is Bahrain’s premiere garden and agriculture show, offering a broad platform to visitors, providing them with all their gardening needs and the perfect environment to share experiences.

Visitors to BIGS include VIPs, architects, consultants, developers and other industry professionals as well as retail consumers. Over the years, exhibitors have come from the US, France, Spain, Italy, UK, Germany, Turkey, Egypt, Sudan, Syria, Iran, Thailand, Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen and Japan, in addition to all the GCC countries.

“The show has witnessed an accelerating development over the past years, extending over 7,500sq/m last year,” said general coordinator Shaikha Maram Bint Isa Al Khalifa.

“We anticipate the participation of more than 100 exhibitors this year and 40 international participants, some of whom will take part under the umbrella of United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). We are also proud of the fruitful, continuous cooperation with Tamkeen as a key partner in this important national event, calling upon all Bahraini companies to take advantage of the support provided by Tamkeen.”

Hall One at the show, called Marketplace, will target the general public featuring flowers, nurseries, tools, pots, garden furniture, machinery, lighting and more. Meanwhile, Hall Two will have exhibitors from both public and private sectors, showcasing the latest trends and innovations in the field of landscaping and design.

Call 17 417-008, email info@bigs.com.bh or visit www.bigs.com.bh for more information.