HR/training exhibition for US$5 billion Arab market

Journal of European Industrial Training

ISSN: 0309-0590

Article publication date: 1 August 2000




(2000), "HR/training exhibition for US$5 billion Arab market", Journal of European Industrial Training, Vol. 24 No. 6.



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HR/training exhibition for US$5 billion Arab market

HR/training exhibition for US$5 billion Arab marketKeywords Bahrain, Training, Employees, Population, Skills

Human Resources Middle East 2000 – the second in the series of international exhibitions and conferences for the Middle East's HR and training sector – is set to take place in Bahrain from 3 to 6 October 2000. It will be held under the auspices of HE Abdulnabi al Sho'ala, Bahrain's Minister of Labour and Social Affairs and HE Abdulaziz Al Fedhel, Bahrain's Minister of Education.

Training is a key issue within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Dependence on foreign labour is being drastically reduced to make way for a young and rapidly expanding population which is expected to double by the year 2025.

The Governments of the Gulf States are united in their policies to develop their human resources potential with the aims of creating a skilled workforce and meeting the challenging demands of a dynamic commercial and industrial infrastructure.

In 1998, more than US$12 billion was spent on education throughout the region. Of this, US$4.2 billion was spent on training, and this figure is estimated to reach US$5 billion in 2000 and to grow rapidly over the coming years.

Bahrain is playing a major role in the Gulf States' drive for Arabisation and has established a strategy to consolidate its position as the regional centre of excellence for training and development of human resources.

Human Resources Middle East 2000 is supported by international and regional organisations dedicated to enhancing training at all levels throughout the Arab world. They are committed to attending the exhibition with delegations of HR/training professionals.

Visitors will also be drawn from public and private sector organisations throughout the region, including government ministries, public utilities, manufacturing/service companies and educational/training institutions. They will be looking for the latest technology and expertise to assist in their training objectives.

A high-level conference concentrating on issues of vital interest to the region's HR/training sector will run in parallel with the exhibition in association with Arabian Society of Human Resource Management (ASHRM).

For further information contact: Overseas Exhibition Services Ltd, 11 Manchester Square, London W1M 5AB. Tel: +44 (0) 20 7862 2041; Fax: +44 (0) 20 7862 2049; E-mail:

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