ArenaLea lands Bahrain airshow contract

Company scores $23.4 million event deal; establishes Bahrain office.
ArenaLea will provide structures for the Bahrain International Air Show in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
ArenaLea will provide structures for the Bahrain International Air Show in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

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A partnership between Arena Group and Lea International has landed the $24.3 million structural contract for the biennial Bahrain International Air Show.

Under the contract, ‘ArenaLea’ will be responsible for the construction of all the buildings and building-interiors required for the 2010, 2012 and 2014 airshows.

“We are very proud to have been entrusted with this prestigious event,” said Grahame Muir, managing director of Arena Structures, an arm of Arena Group.

“This is our single biggest contract win and is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved with the ArenaLea Team,” he said.

The company has already begun work on the design and manufacture of the buildings, ahead of the next Bahrain International Air Show which will take place at the Sakhir Airbase from January 21-23, in 2010.

Off the back of the deal, ArenaLea has also announced plans to establish a Bahrain office in an attempt to bolster local support for the project and capitalise on future opportunities in the Kingdom.

The show is being organised by Civil Aviation Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain (BCAA) and UK-based company Farnborough International.

“We believe the airshow will set a new standard in aerospace events worldwide for many years to come,” commented Captain Abdulrahman Al Gaoud, undersecretary for BCAA and executive chairman of the show’s organising committee.

“The show has been specifically designed with aerospace industry requirements very much in mind, as we have listened to what the industry really wants and expects from an aerospace event,” he added.

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