Exhibition World Bahrain Secures “World’s Leading New Exhibition and Convention Centre 2023” Award at World Travel Awards 2023

Exhibition World Bahrain Secures “World’s Leading New Exhibition and Convention Centre 2023” Award at World Travel Awards 2023

The award accolade presented to Dr. Nasser Qaedi, the CEO of Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), during the World Travel Awards 2023 Grand Final Gala Ceremony, which took place at Burj Al Arab in Dubai, UAE, on December 1, 2023.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Exhibition World Bahrain (EWB), the Middle East’s newest and largest exhibition and convention centre, is proud to announce securing the “World’s Leading New Exhibition and Convention Centre 2023” at the World Travel Awards 2023.

The award accolade was presented to Dr. Nasser Qaedi, the CEO of Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), during the World Travel Awards 2023 Grand Final Gala Ceremony, which took place at Burj Al Arab in Dubai, UAE, on December 1, 2023, in the presence of HE Philip Joseph Pierre, the prime minister of Saint Lucia, tourism ministers, and travel elites across the globe.

Exhibition World Bahrain captured the highest number of votes, clinching the internationally recognised award from Bharat Mandapam, India, and Tākina Wellington Convention and Exhibition centre, New Zealand. With this unrivalled win, the Kingdom of Bahrain has further cemented its reputation as the leading global hub for the MICE industry due to Exhibition World Bahrain’s versatility, with its ultramodern amenities and innovative services that cater to all types of events.

Winning the “World’s Leading New Exhibition and Convention Centre 2023” award coincides with EWB’s 1st anniversary and celebrates a remarkable set of milestones. The venue is a sought-after destination for prestigious events, having hosted a diverse range, including large-scale exhibitions, conventions, conferences, congresses, grand weddings, live concerts, product launches, seminars and much more.

EWB is strategically nestled within Bahrain’s vibrant Sakhir area, the Kingdom’s up-and-coming hub for events, sports, and entertainment. The modern Arabesque structure is adjacent to Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), the home of Formula 1 and motorsport in the Middle East, Al Dana Amphitheatre, the newest live entertainment destination in the region, and the soon-to-be developed Bahrain International Sports City, with easy access to the new Bahrain International Airport, over 18,000 hotel rooms across the island, and a wide range of attractions and dining experiences.

Exhibition World Bahrain Secures “World’s Leading New Exhibition and Convention Centre 2023” Award at World Travel Awards 2023

The award accolade presented to Dr. Nasser Qaedi, the CEO of Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), during the World Travel Awards 2023 Grand Final Gala Ceremony, which took place at Burj Al Arab in Dubai, UAE, on December 1, 2023.

Commenting on the achievement, Dr. Nasser Qaedi, the CEO of BTEA, stated: “It has been a privilege to receive this coveted award at the WTA ceremony. This remarkable accomplishment reaffirms EWB’s exceptional performance and continuous strides in the MICE industry, which is aligned with Bahrain’s tourism strategy 2022-2026 objectives to position Bahrain as a key regional player in business tourism and host major international exhibitions and conventions, increasing the tourism contribution to GDP, rising the number of target markets, and diversifying the tourism product.”

Dr. Qaedi added: “With the implementation of mega tourism projects, the Kingdom of Bahrain is solidifying its position as one of the most sought-after destinations in the next five years, backed by well-developed infrastructure, unique attractions, and enticing promotional packages offering travel experiences and accommodations in the Kingdom’s most prominent hotels.”

Dr. Debbie Kristiansen, the General Manager of Exhibition World Bahrain, added: “We are immensely proud to achieve another success story in just one year of our venue’s operation. This well-deserved award underscores EWB’s continuous pursuit of excellence in attracting the most well-known and important events worldwide to the Kingdom of Bahrain, with many of them being hosted in Bahrain for the first time.”

Dr. Kristiansen added: “Thanks to BTEA’s clear vision and the venue’s world class state-of-the-art facilities, we are heading into brighter years by elevating our partners and visitors’ experiences and achieving further recognition in the future. We are still receiving a high level of interest from various international clients and event organisers who are interested in hosting their events in our venue, actively contributing to the growth of Bahrain’s business tourism, and impacting the national economy.”

Next Year, EWB will host the 9th World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism in 2024, the world’s largest gastronomy tourism event, after the World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) recent announcement to name the Kingdom of Bahrain to host this prestigious event for the first time in the region, which reflects the Kingdom’s exceptional tourism and entertainment capabilities as one of the leading gastronomy and gourmet destinations in the Middle East. Additionally, EWB will host the 29th edition of Routes World, one of the world’s biggest civil aviation expos, for the first time in Bahrain. This event will bring together airlines, airports, and aviation stakeholders from across the world to build air services and drive global economic growth.

Since opening in November 2022, EWB has been an internationally recognised world-class venue for the MICE industry. In just one year, EWB has obtained a series of respected awards, rankings and recognitions. EWB and the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority (BTEA) won the Eventseum Hall of Fame’s 2021 Global Innovation Award for Convention and Conference Centres in two separate categories: new construction and sole winner for the EMEA region during the IMEX 2022 Exhibition.

For the first time in five years, the Kingdom of Bahrain has re-entered the top 100 in the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Global Rankings, claiming the 89th position for international events held in 2022 at EWB, which is considered the highest ranking for Bahrain in the last decade. It’s a testament to the evident impact of the transformation efforts in the country’s MICE industry and the growing value of the Kingdom as a strategic and favourable destination for business tourism.

EWB is a proud member of 12 international organisations and associations specialising in the MICE and business tourism sectors, including the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI), the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC), the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO).

About Exhibition World Bahrain (EWB)

Inaugurated in November 2022, Exhibition World Bahrain (EWB) is the Middle East’s newest exhibition and convention centre and the largest in the Kingdom of Bahrain. With ten halls, multiple exits and entrances, storage facilities, and wide-ranging services, the centre’s strong capacity will enable it to host several events and exhibitions simultaneously, making it an attractive location for local, regional, and international exhibitions. It also attracts all types of occasions of different sizes and arrangements, from large conventions and exhibitions to conferences and meetings, live entertainment performances, large weddings, galas and celebrations, and corporate functions.

The EWB’s conference centre features a main hall that can accommodate over 4,000 guests and can be sub-divided into three separate halls all equipped with the latest technical services to host international conferences and events. It also consists of various other halls for medium- and small-scale conferences and meetings.

Exhibition World Bahrain is owned by the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), and is operated by BTEA’s strategic partner; ASM Global, the world’s largest and leading venue management and event services company operating the most prestigious exhibitions, entertainment and sports venues spanning five continents with a portfolio of more than 350 venues worldwide.

EWB is committed to continuing to host and attract large-scale international, regional, and local exhibitions, conferences, conventions, product launches, live entertainment, large weddings, and bespoke events from around the world, further elevating the Kingdom’s position as a regional pioneer in the MICE industry.

For more information about EWB and its state-of-the-art features and facilities, please visit: https://www.ewbahrain.com/


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CASGEVY Gets Bahrain approval for treatment, marking it second country in the world

MANAMA, Bahrain, Dec. 02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bahrain has become the second country in the world and the first in the Middle East to approve the use of CASGEVY (exagamglogene autotemcel) for the treatment of patients with sickle cell disease and transfusion-dependent beta-thalassemia. The treatment was developed by Vertex Pharmaceuticals and CRISPR Therapeutics, after conducting a series of successful clinical trials in the UK, US, France, Italy, and Germany, among others.

Following the UK MHRA’s authorisation to use CASGEVY, Bahrain is the second country in the world and the first in the region to approve this treatment.

This extraordinary development opens up new possibilities for medical advancements and reinforces Bahrain’s commitment to pioneering healthcare solutions, offering a better quality of life for patients with these blood disorders.

CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) is a revolutionary gene-editing technique that holds immense potential for treating a wide range of genetic disorders. By harnessing the power of CRISPR, scientists can transfuse patients with their own edited stem cells to produce fully functioning hemoglobin and offer hope for patients with conditions that were previously considered untreatable, such as sickle cell anemia.

By embracing the revolutionary therapy, Bahrain is not only demonstrating its commitment to improving the health and well-being of its people but also positioning itself at the forefront of medical advancements in the region.

Her Excellency, Dr Jaleela Jawad Minister of Health stated “This authorization showcases Bahrain’s progressive approach to healthcare and its determination to remain at the forefront of scientific breakthroughs.”

The confirmation of approval by the National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) of the Kingdom of Bahrain, followed thorough analysis and review undertaken by NHRA. Today, sickle-cell patients in Bahrain suffer from the very limited globally available options of treatment. Beyond bone marrow transplant, one of the only cures available for sickle cell disease is the use of genetic editing therapy, CASGEVY.

Commenting on this, Dr. Ahmed Alansari CEO of the National Health Regulatory Authority in Bahrain said, “The approval of the use of CASGEVY in Bahrain marks a significant turning point in the cluster of treatments on offer to Bahrainis. It is a testament to the country’s visionary leadership, dedication to innovation, and unwavering commitment to improving the lives of its citizens, while ushering in the highest quality of health care and wellbeing for them.”

For more information, please contact the National Communication Centre of the Kingdom of Bahrain on communication@ncc.gov.bh.

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Game industry needs extra time to further develop

The game industry in Vietnam is considered lucrative, but it is facing a number of difficulties that need to be addressed at the soonest in order to level up to its full potential.

Huge potential of game industry

In 2022, there were nearly 3.2 billion video game players around the world, and the industry generated some 182.9 billion USD in revenue. The figures are forecast to hit 3.79 billion players, or over 47% of the global population, and 212.4 billion USD in revenue in 2026.

Vu Quoc Huy, Director of the Vietnam National Innovation Centre (NIC), said the game industry is one of the eight focal areas expected to help the country make development breakthrough and promote a growth model based on science, technology, and innovation.

In Vietnam, the industry has been growing strongly over the last 10 years to earn over 500 million USD in annual revenue, ranking fifth in Southeast Asia. More than half of the country’s population have accessed video games for entertainment, statistics show.

Huy noted that
the game industry has created many jobs in game programming and design that have high economic value and competitiveness. It also holds chances to become a valuable export sector helping promote Vietnam’s position in global value chains.

The country now ranks second in Southeast Asia when it comes to game downloads which increase about 10% annually. In the world, it is among the top 10 in terms of the download number and the top 30 in terms of revenue.

Given the statistics, Dao Viet Anh, startup and developer manager at Microsoft in Vietnam, described the country as a video game power in Southeast Asia.

According to a 2022 report by mobile data and analytics firm App Annie, Vietnam tops the Australia – New Zealand – Southeast Asia region as it is home to up to five of the 10 biggest game distributors in the region, namely Amanotes, OneSoft, GameJam, VNG, and Arrasol. It also has many programmers capable of making games qualified to be supplied on Google and Apple stores.

Apple estimated that around 180,00
0 Vietnamese people are developing mobile apps, and those working in the game industry account for the most.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) said Vietnam ranks seventh among the global mobile game distributors, and about half of the world’s most famous games at present are contributed by Vietnamese people.

The ministry targeted that the game industry’s revenue will increase from 600 million USD to 1 billion USD in five years. Difficulties need to be tackled

In Vietnam, the industry is still facing social prejudices as many people believe video games are addictive, have negative impact on players, and are money- and time-consuming.

Apart from those prejudices, Le Quang Tu Do, Director of the MIC’s Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information, pointed out the shortage of policy, tax, and financial assistance for the industry to develop and compete with foreign games right in the domestic market.

A true ecosystem for the game industry hasn’t taken shape in Vietnam whi
le businesses in the sector have yet to make use of their advantages to cooperate with one another. Distributors haven’t found out many Vietnamese games having truly high quality, he said.

The industry is also struggling with a shortage of high-quality human resources, Do noted, adding that Vietnam needs up to 30,000 personnel for the game industry.

NIC Director Huy held that to turn the game industry into a truly valuable one that has strong competitiveness and generates many high-value jobs, it is necessary to develop an international-quality workforce and a diverse ecosystem in which stakeholders stay united and support each other to grow.

Meanwhile, La Xuan Thang, distribution director of VNGGames at VNG Corporation, said the game industry needs to be officially recognised as an economic sector and an important pillar of the digital economy so as to devise an appropriate management strategy and development roadmap.

Once the industry receives proper recognition from society and authorities and has skil
led manpower able to access global technological trends, Vietnam will have quality games and attract more foreign investment so that to the industry can become a pillar of the digital economy, he continued.

MIC built a development roadmap for the game industry in the 2022 – 2027 period which focuses on settling major issues, including the creation of favourable mechanisms and policies, market management, and support for manpower training. Aside from helping domestic game developers connect with foreign partners, it has also been working to attract foreign investment funds and businesses to the industry in Vietnam./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Ministry ready to support partnerships between Vietnamese, Belgian firms

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) and relevant ministries and sectors of Vietnam are ready to work with the Belgian side to effectively support cooperation activities between the two countries’ enterprises, Minister Nguyen Hong Dien told a bilateral business forum in Brussels on December 1.

He affirmed consistent assistance and the best possible conditions for Belgian firms to conduct fruitful and sustainable investment, production, and business activities in Vietnam.

Dien considered Belgian enterprises’ success as Vietnam’s, adding that the Southeast Asian nation also hopes Belgian authorities will create conditions for its businesses to consider investment and carry out projects in the European country.

The enhancement of economic and trade ties within the bilateral framework as well as the ASEAN – EU framework will generate enormous benefits for both countries, he said, adding Vietnam and Belgium hold much potential to continue expanding bilateral trade as their export and import structures do
not directly compete with but are complementary to each other.

This is a favourable condition for the two countries’ enterprises to develop partnerships and diversify supply chains, especially for the sectors matching one country’s strength and the other’s demand, he went on.

In terms of investment, the minister noted that such comprehensive, practical, and effective cooperation mechanisms as the EU – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the EU – Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) will provide optimal conditions for investors from Belgium as well as the EU to expand their investment and business projects in Vietnam, particularly in the fields that the EU and Belgium are strong at and Vietnam has demand for like mechanical engineering, processing – manufacturing, new materials, electronics, chemicals, hi-tech industries, renewable energy, and logistics.

The advantages and opportunities in bilateral relations will create a crucial basis, further momentum, and confidence for both sides’ enter
prises to scale up investment, production, and business activities in the future, Dien opined.

He added that the MoIT hopes Belgium will ratify the EVIPA soon, and Vietnam welcomes more Belgian firms coming to invest in the country.

Addressing the forum, Nguyen Van Thao, Vietnamese Ambassador to Belgium and head of the Vietnamese delegation to the EU, stressed that Vietnam’s relations with Belgium and the EU have been growing well as seen in recent mutual visits. There remains much room for Vietnam and Belgium to promote cooperation in multiple spheres, especially seaport, renewable energy, and environment.

As President of the Belgian – Vietnamese Alliance (BVA) and First Vice President of the Belgian Senate, Andries Gryffroy pledged utmost support for both sides’ enterprises to enter each other’s markets, and that the BVA will help Vietnamese firms export to Belgium and the EU.

The BVA and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) signed a memorandum of understanding under which they will work
together to bolster bilateral economic, trade, and investment ties, Gryffroy said.

Mariella Cantagalli, a senior expert at the Directorate-General for Trade at the European Commission, also highly valued the EU – Vietnam trade and investment partnerships, especially since the EVFTA officially came into force. She described the EVFTA as a driving force for Vietnam’s economic links with 27 EU members and European enterprises.

On the sidelines of the forum, Minister Dien received leaders of British oil and gas company Pharos Energy and BVA President Gryffroy. He also had a working session with the trade office of Vietnam in Belgium and the EU./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

PM meets Danish, UK energy groups’ representatives on COP28 sidelines

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh met representatives from the Copenhagen Infrastructure Partner (CIP) and the Enteprize Energy Group (EE) – two of the leading energy groups of Denmark and the UK respectively – in Dubai on December 3, on the sidelines of the 28th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28).

Associate Partner at CIP Robert Helms and EE Chairman Ian Hatton informed the Vietnamese Prime Minister of their offshore wind power and renewable energy projects, calling on the Government of Vietnam to direct agencies and localities to cooperate to promote their investment projects in Vietnam.

They also proposed some projects with cooperation potential, saying that the groups are willing to support Vietnam to implement the resource-mobilising plan in the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) and the country’s plan on net-zero emission by 2050.

PM Chinh spoke highly of the groups’ effective business activities, including offshore wind power development projects in Vietnam.

He said CIP and EE
have experience and capacity in the field of renewable energy, especially offshore wind power and new energy, which is very suitable for Vietnam’s policies and development potential.

Chinh said that since COP26, Vietnam has comprehensively implemented measures to implement its commitments, adding that in the coming time, Vietnam will focus on promoting the completion of strategic infrastructure, green energy transition, renewable energy, and digital transformation towards realising the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050 and developing a green, sustainable economy.

He asked the energy groups to coordinate closely with Vietnamese ministries, agencies, and localities to effectively implement their projects in Vietnam.

He said he hopes that the two groups will continue to share experiences and support Vietnam in training human resources, improving mechanisms and policies, management capacity, research, and technology application to promote the development of renewable energy and energy transition.

Vietnam is c
ommitted to creating favourable conditions for foreign investors in general and CIP and EE in particular for long-term business in Vietnam, PM Chinh said./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Ministry to tighten inspections at fishing ports

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will tighten inspections at fishing ports nationwide due to pending problems relating to the entry/exit of fishing vessels, according to a representative from the Directorate of Fisheries under the ministry.

The office said, by October 2023, the country had 83,427 fishing vessels with a length of 6 metres or more. Over 72,200 vessels had registered and updated data on the VNFisbase database.

About 11,210 vessels had not registered or updated data on the database, a decrease of 3,393 compared to December 2022 as they were damaged and no longer physically exist. Meanwhile, authorities reported they had granted some 84,125 licenses.

In 2023, there are 76 storm shelters for fishing vessels in 28 coastal provinces and cities. The number of those facilities has reached 48.63% of planned and can offer services to just 43.76% of the total number of fishing vessels in the country. This data reveals that the construction of storm shelters is slower than planned.

cording to the directorate, the management of aquatic exploitation activities at fishing ports still has problems and difficulties, for example, understaffing at fishing ports, lack of database software on fishing ports, or improper connection between fishing ports. In addition, fishing port authorities fail to receive data from vessel monitoring system equipment installed on fishing vessels.

Moreover, the inspection and control of fishing vessels entering and leaving the port, crew members on vessels and seafood outputs face limitations.

To improve the management of aquatic exploitation activities at fishing ports, the office proposed to the ministry to provide investment capital to build and upgrade fishing ports and storm shelters.

It also suggested a pilot implementation of specialised fishing port models and seafood auctions at fishing ports to increase the value of fishing products.

It also calls for a database software that connects fishing ports, allowing them to share information to serve managem
ent and direction work.

Localities are urged to unify models for managing fishing ports according to the provisions of the Fisheries Law to ensure maximum efficiency of fishing ports and meet urgent requirements to remove the EC’s yellow card on Vietnamese seafood exports.

The directorate also emphasised the need to raise public awareness and engage the coastal community, relevant organisations and individuals to comply with legal regulations on illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Culture contributes to creating Vietnam’s strong tourism brand

With rich cultural resources, Vietnam has advantages to develop cultural tourism as an important service economic sector, according to Nguyen Trung Khanh, Chairman of Vietnam National Authority of Tourism (VNAT).

The official said that under the national strategy for developing Vietnam’s cultural industries to 2030, cultural tourism will account for 15-20% of the total of about 40 billion USD in revenue.

Over the recent years, Vietnam has done a great job in preserving and promoting the value of cultural heritage. Cultural tourism products have been developed based on exploiting the inherent natural value of heritage such as traditional culture, community cultural life, and festivals.

New types of cultural tourism products are being promoted such as performing arts, music festivals, cinema, fashion, and contemporary performing arts.

Recent shows by BlackPink – a girl band from the Republic of Korea – led to a sudden increase in searches for accommodation facilities in Hanoi. Specifically, Agoda recorded
a more than 10-fold increase in such searches in Hanoi compared to the same period for previous weeks. The number of searches from abroad to Vietnam increased by 685% on the nights the Korean band performed.

Cultural tourism products have created a strong brand in Vietnam. At the World Travel Awards 2022, Vietnam was honoured as “the world’s leading heritage destination” for the third time after those in 2019 and 2020. Hoi An city in the central province of Quang Nam was honoured for the third time in the category of Asia’s Leading Cultural Urban Destination.

According to the Department of Cultural Heritage, after being ranked and registered, relics and scenic spots have become “red addresses”, attracting a large number of tourists.

In 2019, the eight world cultural and natural heritage sites in Vietnam welcomed more than 21.3 million visitors, including 10.6 million international tourists. Revenue from tickets and direct service fees was about 3.12 trillion VND (128.9 million USD ).

As for Hoi An ancien
t town, since becoming a world heritage site, its tourism has been growing dramatically and accounts for more than 70% of the city’s GDP.

Since Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex was registered by UNESCO as a World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 2014, Ninh Binh province has set a clear strategy to promote heritage value, serving tourism development. In 2022, it welcomed more than 3.7 million visitors.

Those numbers show the great contribution of the world heritage sites in the socio-economic development of the country and localities since they were given UNESCO titles.

Harmony between conservation and tourism development

According to the VNAT, Vietnam’s cultural tourism products have an important role to play in creating a national brand, improving its competitiveness, and attracting international tourists who want to learn about the country, people, history, and culture of Vietnam.

The authority also said developing cultural tourism in Vietnam still faces challenges such as fierce competition in destin
ations, tourism products and services, insufficient legal framework, limited promotion, and a shortage of human resources.

VNAT Chairman Nguyen Trung Khanh said that the tourism industry needs to develop concerted policies to ensure harmony between cultural heritage preservation and development.

Developing the cultural industry must be associated with cultural and smart tourism, he said, adding each region and locality needs to shape and build a cultural tourism brand and the tourism industry should strengthen the application of information technology and digital technology in building and promoting certain products for specific markets./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

FIFA donates over 50,000 balls to schools in Vietnam

Vietnam received over 50,000 balls that FIFA donates to support the country’s school football programme, the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) announced on December 2.

The balls will be given to 1,000 schools, over 20 federation members of the VFF, and football training centres for youth across the country.

In March this year, a working group from the VFF attended a workshop on football at schools held in Singapore. Appreciating Vietnam’s activities to promote football at schools, FIFA decided to donate the balls and funds to support schools in the country to develop school football programmes.

It is expected that in early 2024, the VFF will invite representatives of FIFA’s school football project to Vietnam to join in handing over the balls and other activities in localities./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency