The international exhibition at the Bahrain World Expo in Sakhir will be open to the public on March 9 from 1 pm to 9 pm and on March 10 to 12 from 10 am to 9 pm.
Sheikha Maram bint Isa Al Khalifa, Secretary General of Niyad, said that the exhibition is a unique opportunity, as it is a trade fair that contributes to creating important opportunities for the participating institutions to develop their business and expand the scope of their activities locally, regionally and internationally.
It also provides abundant educational and knowledge insights thanks to the rich information provided by the exhibitors, opportunities to exchange experiences and opinions, learn about the latest innovations, and raise awareness of the best ways and means in the field of gardening, green spaces, and environmental care. Sheikha Maram said at a press conference at the Isa Cultural Center.
Over the course of its previous sessions, the exhibition was able to form an important bridge for communication and fruitful cooperation between the participating regional and international institutions and their local counterparts.
“This paved the way perfectly for companies wishing to enter, enhance their position and participate in the region’s markets,” she said.
Sheikha Maram expressed her thanks and appreciation to the Bahrain World Trade Center, Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC), Aluminum Bahrain (Alba), Al Salam Bank, Bahrain National Gas Company (Banagas), Kuwait Finance House (KFH), and Saudi Telecom Company. (STC) and the official carrier Gulf Air.
She also praised the local media for their support of the show. She added that their support for BIGS over the years had the greatest impact on the success of the show and reflected the deep belief of these national institutions in the importance of spreading agricultural awareness continuously.
“The International Garden Show deals annually with a different topic that affects the agricultural reality and requires us to work on developing systems and methods and finding solutions and alternatives that contribute to the advancement of the agricultural sector in the Kingdom,” she said.
“This year, BIGS is being held under the theme ‘Water: Regeneration of Life’ and will focus on the importance of water and ways to preserve it to ensure its sustainability because it is the essence of life and the basis of sustenance on a surface,” Sheikha Maram said.
“Water consumption is expected to increase by 20% to 30% by 2050, and this will exacerbate the problem unless appropriate solutions are developed from now and a culture of good practices in the use of water resources is disseminated.”
Sheikha Maram said that the BIGS 2023 exhibition will shed light on water-related topics, which include statistics related to the reality of water consumption in Bahrain, the importance of striving to achieve water security in addition to food security, and the role of water consumption. From individuals to rationalize water in homes and gardens.
A special pavilion will be devoted to the topic of the presentation and will host two research and educational institutions: the first is the Arabian Gulf University (AGU), which will present the latest scientific research related to water and facts that can be used in drawing up public policy for managing water resources in the Kingdom.
The second is the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), which is one of the leading institutes working on conducting studies to address the challenges facing the agricultural sector such as: preserving the environment, sustainable management of natural resources, rational management of water and energy, and developing innovative methods in agriculture. They will also present research projects for best practices in greening and sustainable agriculture, natural resource conservation, and monsoon water use. The Kuwait-based Society of Agricultural Engineers, along with the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, will also participate and provide information about different water sources and the selection of suitable trees based on the amount of water available and the correct irrigation methods. It will also provide opportunities for sharing knowledge especially water technology to create green belts.
Experts will be available at the exhibition stands to answer questions and inquiries from the public throughout the exhibition period to expand visitors’ knowledge about everything related to the water sector.
More than 176 exhibitors are expected to participate in BIGS 2023 with their designs, products, technologies and innovations.
The market area in Hall 6 will host many companies and agricultural nurseries to market various products, including flowers, seedlings, agricultural tools, pots, garden furniture, lighting equipment and all other products and food and agricultural services.
Hall 5 will be distinguished by the awareness area, which includes both official and educational institutions and civil society organizations, to display their awareness and educational programs and services and to present innovations, creations and agricultural projects.
BIGS 2023 will include companies specialized in the agricultural field from several countries, including: the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands, Russia, Greece, Japan, Italy, Turkey, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, and Kenya. As for the regional and Arab countries, there will be participants from Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Morocco, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt and Syria.
Participants will enrich their platforms with the latest agricultural innovations, designs, technologies and applications, and will present their experiences and offer consultations, services and products.
BIGS 2023 will also host a pavilion for the Bahraini farmers’ market, where spaces have been allocated for 14 Bahraini farmers, including exhibition spaces for the winners of the King Hamad Award for Agricultural Development in the category of the best Bahraini farmer in the third cycle (2018-2020) – Hussein Jaafar and Mohammed Mohsen.
The farmers, who were selected after the draw, will display their diverse and wonderful local produce. The goal is to encourage farmers, support the local product, and find different outlets and marketing channels for them to ensure the continuity of this important profession.
A special pavilion has been allocated for lectures in Hall 5 in cooperation with the Society of Water Science and Technology, the Bahrain Garden Club, experts and individuals interested in agricultural affairs, and exhibitors’ representatives. They will give many lectures and workshops on water-related topics and other topics of interest to add additional value to the educational experience of BIGS.
BIGS 2023 will also feature a special corner for children, “The Garden of Salvation”, which will include 11 daily workshops to teach children skills and handicrafts and turn materials into creative ideas. It will also feature electronic games that teach children the right amount of water they need. A water model will be available to show children how to generate energy from water.
More details are available at www.bigs.com.bh, [email protected] and 32111603 and 17171603.