The Event

The Gulf Sports Expo is being held from 17th to 19th May 2017 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre under the patronage of HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative of His Majesty the King for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, and President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee.

Co-organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs and HANO, the exhibition will be the first of its kind in the Kingdom, and will bring together local and international athletes, sports professionals, associations, and enthusiasts from the GCC and other Arab countries under one roof. Some of the world’s most respected sports companies and organisations will showcase the latest in sports products, equipment, and technologies, in the presence of global sports icons and experts.

The Gulf Sports Exhibition, the first of its kind event hosted by the Kingdom of Bahrain, will reaffirm the country’s position as an exhibition and conference hub in the region.

Organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs in cooperation with HANO, it is consistent with the Bahrain Economic Vision 2030 and reflects the strategy of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports to attract the world’s most well-respected sports companies to showcase their sports products, equipment and technologies in the Kingdom.

The exhibition will also provide an opportunity for sports professionals, associations and enthusiasts from GCC and other Arab countries to discover the latest developments in the world of sports. It will contribute immensely to the development of the sports and youth sector in Bahrain, in line with the vision and initiatives of HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of Bahrain, and HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and First Deputy Prime Minister, to inspire the growth of tourism, sports, and youth affairs in the Kingdom.

Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa
Representative of His Majesty the King for Charity Works and Youth Affairs Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports President of the Bahrain Olympic Committee

HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa
Gulf Sports Expo is honoured to have the support of HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the First Deputy President of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport and President of Bahrain Athletics Association, whose admirable efforts have contributed significantly towards improving the sports sector in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) will form a big part of the upcoming Gulf Sports Expo, and as Founder of the KHK MMA Organisation, HH Shaikh Khalid has played a crucial role in attracting and inviting well-known figures with the greater goal of promoting the MMA culture in Bahrain, in accordance with the international standards of the sport.

His Highness also serves as President of West Asian Athletics Federation, an Honorary President of the GCC Sports Media Championship, and Captain of Khalidiya Stables. He has also helped to enrich various segments of Bahraini culture by launching awards in numerous fields, including the Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad for Sustainable Development Projects Award, the Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Award for Best Graduation Projects, the Khalid Bin Hamad Award for Youth Theatre and the Bahrain Award for Young Novelists, among others.

Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa
Gulf Sports Expo is proud to include the extremely popular sport of basketball in its exhibition offerings, and to have the support and backing of Bahrain Basketball Association President, Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa.

Several 3×3 basketball tournaments will be held on the sidelines of the expo, with participation from professional and amateur athletes. Also, a photo exhibition featuring images depicting the development of the sport in Bahrain is being put together.

The BBA is the governing body for the sport in the Kingdom. It has grown over time to become more involved in various aspects of the game, eventually playing a major role in transforming basketball into one of the most popular sports in the Kingdom. The Association’s objective is not just to encourage basketball players within Bahrain, but to also promote our basketball talents to the rest of the world. The sport has recently broken new records of attendance that are unmatched throughout the history of the game in Bahrain.

Bahrain’s basketball is considered by many to be the highest quality among GCC countries today, and Gulf Sports Expo is happy to introduce the best and latest in the world of basketball to Bahrain.

HE Hisham Al-Jowder
As a co-organiser and strategic partner of the Gulf Sports Expo, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs serves as a vehicle for the betterment of the local youth segment, and contributing to the vision of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s wise leadership, which is paving the way for the emergence of a stronger sports industry in the Kingdom.

HE Hisham Al-Jowder, Minister of Youth and Sports Affairs, said: “It is a source of pride to be a part of what will undoubtedly be one of the defining events of Bahrain’s sports culture. The role of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs is to enrich and enhance the sports environment in the Kingdom, and the Gulf Sports Expo will be a key factor in achieving that goal by bringing a fresh dynamic to Bahrain that unites brands, athletes, and organisations within a single and unique platform. The exhibition will not only present the latest in the world of sports, but will also encourage the mutually beneficial exchange of ideas, and create a new prominent event in the region.”

Khalid Saleem Al Haj
The role of The Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs in making Gulf Sports Expo a reality cannot be understated. As the organisation responsible for the supervision of all youth and sports-related programmes and the infrastructural advancement of the Kingdom’s youth and sports spheres, it has given utmost importance to delivering the project’s multi-faceted aspects, and ensured that the sports community in Bahrain benefits from a major addition to its annual offerings.

“This marks the beginning of a major sports industry event in Bahrain’s calendar,” said Assistant Under-Secretary for Sports Affairs and Facilities, Khalid Saleem Al Haj. “Our aim is for this event to expand to become a pan-GCC expo, attracting interest from across the region.”

The Gulf Sports Expo team would like to thank the Ministry for its crucial role in creating the event, and for the guidance and assistance it has provided, and will continue to provide, as we go forward.

Fawaz Baqer
HANO is the co-organiser of the Gulf Sports Expo, in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs. The event will showcase the latest offerings in the world of sports and host some of the biggest names in the region’s sports history. A first-of-its-kind event for the Kingdom, the expo is considered a defining moment in Bahrain’s sports industry, which is set to enhance its reputation as a host of regional events and spur the sector’s growth, both commercially and athletically.

HANO Chairman Fawaz Baqer thanked HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa for his patronage of the event and HE the Minister, Hisham Al-Jowder for his personal involvement and support.

“I am also grateful to my partner and team member Fadhel Mirza for coming up with many of the ideas that are now being put into effect, and also to Miracle Graphics for their involvement in creating the expo’s brand identity, and Pico for its event management support,” said Mr. Baqer.

Founded in 2008, HANO is an events management company that organises events in a wide range of fields. Combining its local and regional knowledge of markets, products, and exhibitions with its vast network of contacts and suppliers, it expertly designs events in a way that serves as an effective marketing strategy for its clientele.

HH Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa
Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa
HE Hisham Al-Jowder
Khalid Saleem Al Haj
Fawaz Baqer

Gulf Sports Expo appointed Miracle Branding as the brand consultant, passing onto it the task of designing the event’s colorful logo.

Commenting on the brand creation process, Senior Account Executive Ashwin George said: The logo of the Gulf Sports Expo evokes the spirit of sportsmen and women. Shaped like a running athlete, it combines artistic and inspirational elements by incorporating instances of the letter ‘G’, which stands for Gulf, at various positions and angles, with colours that signify the diversity and inclusiveness of the exhibition.

In addition to the brand logo, all advertising materials and collaterals have followed the same brand look and feel.

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