OCEC to host Oman Bride Show

Equestrian Wednesday 09/March/2016 18:31 PM
By: Times News Service
OCEC to host Oman Bride Show

As the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) advances towards its August 2016 opening, it has added the first edition of the Oman Bride Show from 25th to 28th January 2017 to its increasingly busy calendar. Organised by one of the leading local exhibition companies; East Expo, Oman Bride is set to be the Sultanate’s biggest wedding event, showcasing an array of bridal products and services — from fashion, make-up and jewellery to flowers, transport, entertainment and venues.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Oman Bride Show as an exciting addition to the OCEC’s calendar in the 2017,” said Trevor McCartney, the OCEC’s General Manager.
Noting the OCEC’s advanced facilities and 22,000 column free square metres of flexible exhibition space, Eyad Bdeir, General Manager of East Expo remarked: “The OCEC is the perfect platform for the debut of the Oman Bride Show 2017 and the ideal platform for the many and varied aspects of Oman’s burgeoning wedding industry. This event will help us tap into the industry’s momentum, driven by the increasingly sophisticated and aspiring tastes of the Sultanate’s young demographic.
According to McCartney, the Oman Bride Show will offer the Sultanate’s SMEs an important opportunity to showcase their specialist products and services. He added that they can leverage being in the wedding industry’s spotlight and position themselves alongside prestigious international brands, while directly connecting with potential clients.
The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre is located in its own fully integrated precinct only four kilometres from Muscat International Airport.
The design of the centre will ensure a flow of the meetings space to suit the most discerning conference and exhibition organisers. It also incorporates expansive concourse areas to enable ease of large delegations with floor to ceiling windows overlooking landscaped gardens and water features.
The centre will feature two tiered auditoriums to seat 3,200 and 456, while the five exhibition halls will feature 22,396 square metres of column-free exhibition space. Hall 1 will have a superior fit out, specialised acoustic treatment, advanced lighting and rigging requirements to act as a multi-purpose space for plenary sessions, concerts, performances and gala dinners on a larger scale. Halls 1 & 2 combined will seat over 10,000 seated in theatre-style.
The centre will also include an additional 13 meeting rooms for 47-360 delegates, grand ballroom to seat up to 2,688, junior ballroom to seat up to 1,026, 10 hospitality suites, a VIP Pavilion, offering over 55 meeting space options, and a multi-storey car park with a capacity for 4,000 vehicles.
The precinct will provide the infrastructure necessary to host successful international, regional and local events and is there for the enjoyment of delegates, visitors and the local community. The precinct includes a JW Marriot (five star) linked to the Convention Centre, Crown Plaza (four star), and another four star and three star hotels with a combined total of 1,000 rooms. A business park and a retail shopping mall, surrounded by a nature reserve which will be a haven for Oman’s exotic birdlife, together with parklands and a wadi (valley) park, are also part of this picturesque precinct.

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