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2016 Bahrain Bay Business Forum
2016 Bahrain Bay Business Forum 27 Feb 2016

2016 Bahrain Bay Business Forum

27 Feb 2016

2016 Bahrain Bay Business Forum
A platform to share achievements and present new opportunities

The 2016 Bahrain Bay Business Forum, a well-attended investor event, which brought together partners, associates and dignitaries involved with Bahrain Bay, a luxury waterfront development, was held at the Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, 25 January 2016. The gathering of top-level attendees provided a unique opportunity to meet new business partners and build closer relationships.

A joint venture between Arcapita and a Bahrain-based investment group, the $2.5 billion Bahrain Bay development, has attracted some of the best-known international brands to Bahrain. Many of the third party developers from Bahrain, the GCC and India were present for the 2016 Bahrain Bay Business Forum.

The Forum began with an address from the Chairman of Bahrain Bay and CEO of Arcapita, Atif Abdulmalik followed by a presentation from the CEO of Bahrain Bay, Gagan Suri. Speakers also included several prominent partners and associates, amongst whom were Mohamed Al Mutaweh, Chief Executive Officer & Board Member of Al Baraka Islamic Bank; Faisal Bin Faqeeh, the Chairman of Bin Faqeeh Real Estate Investment Group; Nayan Shah, the CEO and Managing Director of Mayfair Group; and Greg Pirkle, the General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel. Sharing their insights also were Jarmo Kotilaine, Chief Economist-Market Strategy & Intelligence at the EDB and Xavier Theillere, the Regional Director of Bahrain Bay Utilities.

The Forum provided a platform that strengthened high value networks and gave Bahrain Bay an opportunity to communicate its vision and update the guests on the progress of the development.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Atif Abdulmalik, Chairman of Bahrain Bay said, “Bahrain Bay revolves around creating a metropolis for 21st century living that will meet the needs of residents, businesses and visitors from all over the world. Despite the uncertain geopolitical climate and volatile economic climate, the positive activity at Bahrain Bay has set an encouraging momentum which is promising as we focus on achieving our vision, our future of becoming a true legacy for the Kingdom of Bahrain.”

The Bahrain Bay Business Forum was also viewed as an excellent opportunity to showcase Bahrain, and to highlight its business friendly and progressive economy. The development stands well positioned as it offers enormous opportunities, impacts the lifestyle of citizens, and significantly influences the economy, while consolidating the Bahrain’s status as a hub for business and investment opportunities in the region.

Gagan Suri, CEO, Bahrain Bay added, “We have been very successful in presenting a dynamic investment environment through the premium properties and the excellent facilities of Bahrain Bay. We are proud of the fact that Bahrain Bay has remained stable through the economic challenges of the last decade. We have a network of strong and trusted partners and investors with whom we have a unified vision. This forum will help in setting up crucial partnerships and provide information and support to potential international investors in the Kingdom.”

Bahrain Bay has continued to maintain its reputation as one of the most robust and successful real estate projects in Bahrain. The past year has been one of growth and expansion, with over 86 percent of plots sold, the infrastructure complete and projects of third party developers nearing completion. Bahrain Bay continues to invite investor interest as the best address for business, hospitality and residential developments.


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BAHRAIN BAY ANNOUNCES BUSINESS FORUM 2016 TO WELCOME STAKEHOLDERS AND NEW PARTNERS
BAHRAIN BAY ANNOUNCES BUSINESS FORUM 2016 TO WELCOME STAKEHOLDERS AND NEW PARTNERS 22 Feb 2016

BAHRAIN BAY ANNOUNCES BUSINESS FORUM 2016 TO WELCOME STAKEHOLDERS AND NEW PARTNERS

22 Feb 2016

BAHRAIN BAY ANNOUNCES BUSINESS FORUM 2016 TO WELCOME STAKEHOLDERS AND NEW PARTNERS
Forum will showcase the Vision of Bahrain Bay and create opportunities to network and form new partnerships

On the eve of its tenth year of operations, Bahrain Bay Development announced at a Press Conference today that it will host an innovative and strategic initiative titled, BAHRAIN BAY BUSINESS FORUM 2016. The event that will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel on 25th February 2016, will host a distinguished guest list that includes high level government dignitaries, top officials of Bahrain’s leading banks and financial institutions as well as investors and associates from the GCC region. Bahrain Bay will use the platform to share its vision and acquaint the audience with the progress of the development. 2015 ended on a high note for Bahrain Bay and the energy and buzz of activity continues into 2016. The Forum is seen as an excellent opportunity to showcase Bahrain Bay, and to present the tremendous investment and business potential that it holds.

On the agenda for the evening will be an address by the Chairman of Bahrain Bay, Mr Atif Abdulmalik and a presentation by CEO Mr. Gagan Suri. Several prominent partners and associates will also address the audience.

Bahrain Bay has continued to maintain its reputation as one of the most robust and successful real estate projects in Bahrain. The past year has been one of growth and expansion, with over 86 percent of plots sold, the infrastructure complete and projects of third party developers nearing completion. The development has enjoyed strong public confidence bringing in a network of trusted partners and investors and several eminent market leaders becoming new partners. Bahrain Bay continues to invite investor interest as the best address for business, hospitality and residential markets.


ABOUT BAHRAIN BAY

The $2.5 billion Bahrain Bay waterfront district is designed around vibrant neighbourhoods of residential, commercial and retail spaces, with easy access to Bahrain International Airport, the King Faisal Highway and strategically placed to cater to business as well as leisure travelers and residents. It also has a distinct infrastructure advantage being built on the fringe of a thriving existing commercial and business district and just across the World Trade Centre. A diverse blend of top-quality offerings and facilities take care of most needs of residents and tenants optimizing value at every level.

A fully master planned development, Bahrain Bay has enjoyed strong public confidence bringing in a network of trusted partners and investors. It hosts an impressive number of high profile hotels, banks and high net worth customers. Along with the stunning Arcapita headquarters which became fully operational in 2010, several renowned brands and iconic structures, such as the Four Seasons Hotel, Al Baraka Bank offices, United Towers housing the Wyndham Hotel, and the upcoming J W Marriott Hotel make up the Bahrain Bay development which has in effect has changed the Manama skyline. Upcoming projects include the Wafra Tower, AXA headquarters, and Baycity.

Construction has begun already on a new residential complex; Waterbay, the latest addition to Bahrain Bay’s impressive list is developed by the Bin Faqeeh group and consists of ten storeys of residential and retail units, all positioned so that all units face the sea. An architectural masterpiece, the building features a glass cladding designed to take advantage of the natural light, while controlling temperatures within and offering unfettered ocean views.

The Avenues Mall, due to be launched soon, is a new leisure and entertainment concept situated on a newly developed corniche with just a creek separating it from Bahrain Bay. Featuring high end and high street retail outlets, waterfront restaurants and cafes and varied entertainment options, the project offers public access to a beautiful 1.5 km stretch of coastline.

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Stratford Publishes Quarterly Magazine for Seef Properties
Stratford Publishes Quarterly Magazine for Seef Properties 14 Feb 2016

Stratford Publishes Quarterly Magazine for Seef Properties

14 Feb 2016

Stratford Publishes Quarterly Magazine for Seef Properties

Capital Club, the Kingdom’s premier private city club, announced today a new partnership with Biz Bahrain, one of the leading business magazines in the country. This partnership will witness the culmination of our joined efforts to help promote the business pioneers in today’s market.

"Since its launch, the Capital Club has been a platform for like-minded business leaders in Bahrain and the Eastern Province of Saudi. Our success was achieved through developing a series of initiatives aimed at positioning the Club as a gathering place for the business and social community,” said Capital Club Bahrain’s General Manager, Dina Haikel.

Through this partnership with Biz Bahrain, we hope to shed light on the Kingdom’s various business and investment success stories by featuring prominent Members of the Club to discuss their experiences throughout their journey.” she added.

We have established a great relationship with Biz Bahrain and we hope that the partnership will support the Kingdom’s drive to economic prosperity by highlighting successful case studies,” added Mrs. Haikel.

Further commenting about the partnership, Stratford Holding Group’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the bizbahrain network, Ahmed Khalfan, said “When we founded this network, we had one dream; to provide all the relevant business knowledge in relation to Bahrain’s economy in the most transparent way possible. Through this partnership, we believe that the voices of Capital Club Bahrain’s prominent members will echo the knowledge available in a resilient and expanding market such as Bahrain to a global reach. And this is precisely what the market needs to generate foreign direct investment leads as well as strengthen the country’s reputation and image.”

Biz Bahrain will be featuring a monthly interview with four of Capital Club’s Members. These interviews will be published in both, Biz Bahrain and the Capital Club newsletter.

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Stratford Partners with Gulf Air
Stratford Partners with Gulf Air 03 Feb 2016

Stratford Partners with Gulf Air

03 Feb 2016

Stratford Partners with Gulf Air

Stratford Group Holding (SGH) has entered into an agreement with Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain's national carrier, to distribute issues of BizBahrain magazine on-board all Gulf Air flights as well as inside the airline’s dedicated airport lounges.

Mr. Adel Al Safar Stratford Group Holding’s Chairman, spoke of the agreement: “As part of our efforts to expand our readership base, we are pleased to have the opportunity to enter this partnership which is considered a significant milestone. BizBahrain is a prominent business magazine in Bahrain that has become an essential player in the economic media industry.”

Mr. Ahmed Khalfan Stratford Group Holding’s Managing Partner and Editor-in-Chief added “We are honored to be the only Bahraini business publication available on-board all Gulf Air flights. We do not doubt that Gulf Air passengers will embrace the opportunity to enjoy our content.”

BizBahrain is a leading business magazine, covering all economic sectors in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Publishing the latest news, analyses and interviews with prominent businesses and government bodies, BizBahrain aims to highlight the Kingdom’s defining and most important economic features while promoting Bahrain as an ideal destination for doing business.

BizBahrain distributes over 10,000 copies, monthly, to a select group of companies and executives inside and outside Bahrain. It offers a reliable source for business news.

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Stratford Holding Group announces collaboration with BCMS Gulf to M&A Market Reports
Stratford Holding Group announces collaboration with BCMS Gulf to M&A Market Reports 13 Sep 2015

Stratford Holding Group announces collaboration with BCMS Gulf to M&A Market Reports

13 Sep 2015

Stratford Holding Group announces collaboration with BCMS Gulf to M&A Market Reports

Stratford Holding Group, the exclusive publisher of bizbahrain magazine, is pleased to announce its partnership with BCMS Gulf, in which the latter will provide reports along with the latest news on Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) deals in the region as well as information about the available opportunities and trends in this sector.

Mr. Mohammed Baqer, CEO of BCMS Gulf commented on the collaboration, “We have acquired sufficient knowledge on M&A deals that occur in the Middle East including Bahrain thanks to our wide and vibrant relationship with business owners in various economic sectors. Every year, there are around 250 businesses in Bahrain being acquired mostly by international buyers.”

“We look forward to our partnership with Stratford Group in which we will provide readers and followers of the bizbahrain network with the most recent news and reports on M&A deals covering different sectors including energy, construction, technology, leisure and financial services. These reports will create a reliable and valuable resource to owners of SMEs business in Bahrain, especially with the increasing appetite of these owners to sell their businesses to international buyers for higher profits.”

Mr. Ahmed Khalfan, CEO of Stratford Holding Group said “this partnership aims to provide readers such as businessmen and women, professionals, and business owners in different sectors with valuable news and reports about the available opportunities in the M&A sector. Getting this information is hard with the scarcity of specialized institutions that play an active role in this field.”

“These reports will be of great value to business owners and readers who subscribe to the bizbahrain magazine or its online portal. Readers will be informed on the latest news of M&As taking place in Bahrain as well as the best methods for owners to market their businesses internationally”. Mr. Khalfan concluded.

In addition to its wide circulation, 6,000 copies of the bizbahrain print edition are published and distributed to a select group of professionals, in all relevant business sectors, as well as in strategic locations, prominent business districts and zones throughout the Kingdom.

BCMS Corporate specializes in sell-side and marketing advisory services for business owners in the lower-middle market. Established in the UK in 1989 and has 26 offices around the world, BCMS focuses on marketing and selling businesses through looking for international buyers with higher prices that create extra benefit for their business owners.

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Capital Club Partners up with Biz Bahrain
Capital Club Partners up with Biz Bahrain 01 Jul 2015

Capital Club Partners up with Biz Bahrain

01 Jul 2015

Capital Club Partners up with Biz Bahrain

Capital Club, the Kingdom’s premier private city club, announced today a new partnership with Biz Bahrain, one of the leading business magazines in the country. This partnership will witness the culmination of our joined efforts to help promote the business pioneers in today’s market.

"Since its launch, the Capital Club has been a platform for like-minded business leaders in Bahrain and the Eastern Province of Saudi. Our success was achieved through developing a series of initiatives aimed at positioning the Club as a gathering place for the business and social community,” said Capital Club Bahrain’s General Manager, Dina Haikel.

Through this partnership with Biz Bahrain, we hope to shed light on the Kingdom’s various business and investment success stories by featuring prominent Members of the Club to discuss their experiences throughout their journey.” she added.

We have established a great relationship with Biz Bahrain and we hope that the partnership will support the Kingdom’s drive to economic prosperity by highlighting successful case studies,” added Mrs. Haikel.

Further commenting about the partnership, Stratford Holding Group’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the bizbahrain network, Ahmed Khalfan, said “When we founded this network, we had one dream; to provide all the relevant business knowledge in relation to Bahrain’s economy in the most transparent way possible. Through this partnership, we believe that the voices of Capital Club Bahrain’s prominent members will echo the knowledge available in a resilient and expanding market such as Bahrain to a global reach. And this is precisely what the market needs to generate foreign direct investment leads as well as strengthen the country’s reputation and image.”

Biz Bahrain will be featuring a monthly interview with four of Capital Club’s Members. These interviews will be published in both, Biz Bahrain and the Capital Club newsletter.

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Stratford Holding Group collaborates with Charles Russell Speechlys to publish legal insights
Stratford Holding Group collaborates with Charles Russell Speechlys to publish legal insights 30 Jun 2015

Stratford Holding Group collaborates with Charles Russell Speechlys to publish legal insights

30 Jun 2015

Stratford Holding Group collaborates with Charles Russell Speechlys to publish legal insights

In its ongoing efforts to provide valuable content to its readers and followers, Stratford Holding Group, the exclusive publisher of bizbahrain magazine, is pleased to announce its partnership with Charles Russell Speechlys as an editorial partner with the aim of publishing articles that providelegal insights on various sectors within the Kingdom’s economy.

Commenting on the collaboration, Mr John Taylor, Director of Business Development, Middle East, said “We are delighted to be working with bizbahrain having been impressed by its topical and well written content. With the Kingdom’s ambitious growth plans across a wide scope of business activities, the need for trusted legal support has never been greater”

Mr. Ahmed Khalfan, CEO of Stratford Holding Group said, “We are very keen to offer our readers and followers the most beneficial content in the most transparent way possible. This valuable partnership with Charles Russell Speechlys will offer important legal insights to professionals along with businessmen and women operating in different economic sectors.”

In addition to the wider circulation, 6,000 copies of the bizbahrain print edition, are published and distributed to a select group of professionals, in all relevant business sectors, as well as in strategic locations, in prominent business districts and zones throughout the Kingdom.

Charles Russell Speechlys is a leading international law firm operating in key wealth and business centres across the UK, Europeand the Gulf. In the Middle East, we operate through 3 regional hubs in Bahrain, Qatar and in Association in Saudi Arabia, providing clients with a full service legal offering that is efficient, personalised and cost effective.

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Stratford Holding Group announces collaboration with CBRE to Publish Real Estate Market Commentary
Stratford Holding Group announces collaboration with CBRE to Publish Real Estate Market Commentary 15 Jun 2015

Stratford Holding Group announces collaboration with CBRE to Publish Real Estate Market Commentary

15 Jun 2015

Stratford Holding Group announces collaboration with CBRE to Publish Real Estate Market Commentary

Stratford Holding Group, the exclusive publisher of bizbahrain magazine, is pleased to announce its partnership with CBRE Bahrain as an editorial contributor, providing readers, online viewers and social media followers with real estate market commentary, sharing their knowledge on various topics related to the real estate sector in Bahrain and beyond. CBRE is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm.

CBRE Bahrain will be featured in bizbahrain's monthly publication, providing readers and online viewers with insight into the real estate market and the latest developments, from a commercial perspective, as the magazine is targeted towards business professionals, focusing on providing the latest news in the banking & finance, telecom, technology, government as well as real estate sectors.

Mr. Richard Botham, Senior Director and General Manager at CBRE Bahrain commented on the collaboration, “We have vast accumulated experience within the real estate sector in Bahrain, the GCC and globally. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to share our knowledge with the readers of bizbahrain, in cooperation with Stratford and look forward to sharing our professional viewpoint, through providing independent commentary on the property market in the Kingdom”.

Mr. Ahmed Khalfan, CEO of Stratford Holding Group said “Our partnership with CBRE Bahrain will provide a valuable addition to the economic content that bizbahrain magazine offers. The analysis of the latest developments in the real estate sector in Bahrain will be of great benefit to a wide range of businessmen and women who read the monthly print edition of the business network and/or visit its online portal”.

“In cooperation with our esteemed partners, we are pleased to offer our readers this valuable information about the market, which will offer transparency as well as strengthen the position of the bizbahrain network as a reliable source for various topics covering all economic sectors in Bahrain."

In addition to the wider circulation, 6,000 copies of the bizbahrain print edition, are published and distributed to a select group of professionals, in all relevant business sectors, as well as in strategic locations, in prominent business districts and zones throughout the Kingdom.

CBRE Bahrain is a wholly owned branch of the world's largest commercial real estate firm; CBRE Group, Inc. The firm was established in the Kingdom of Bahrain in 2008 and the combined portfolio of properties managed by CBRE in Bahrain comprises almost 100,000m2 of prime office space and retail malls; over 400 residential units and more than 50,000m2 of industrial and warehousing space.

CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property and facilities management; appraisal and valuation and research and consultancy.

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Stratford Group Holding Announces Winners of “bizbahrain” Formula 1 Competition
Stratford Group Holding Announces Winners of “bizbahrain” Formula 1 Competition 20 Apr 2015

Stratford Group Holding Announces Winners of “bizbahrain” Formula 1 Competition

20 Apr 2015

Stratford Group Holding Announces Winners of “bizbahrain” Formula 1 Competition

Stratford holding is pleased to announce the winners of its F1 competition, which was recently launched in conjunction with the 2015 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.

Mr. Ahmed Khalifa Khalfan, MD & CEO of Stratford Group Holding and Publisher of the bizbahrain Media Network handed the prizes to the winners Mr. Mohmmad Mahmood Janahi and Mr. Mohammad Azeem.

Mr Khalfan commented "The F1 race provides great support to the economy of Bahrain by positively activating various economic sectors and creating new business opportunities. It also plays a significant role in promoting tourism to Bahrain as a unique sport and leisure destination in the Middle East. Every year, the race attracts an increasing number of visitors".

“The initiative to host this race, which was led by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, contributes in creating long term prosperity and stability for the Kingdom of Bahrain”.

“bizbahrain Media Network’s main objective is to promote Bahrain and maximize its positive global visibility through all forms of media vehicles,” he added.

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