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To position Exhibition World Bahrain (EWB) as a leading global destination for our international guests and creating a long-term legacy and positive economic impact for the people of the Kingdom of Bahrain.


To provide a multi-purpose, state of the art Exhibition and Convention Centre that offers innovative, flexible, and sustainable solutions and creating memorable experiences for our clients, delegates and visitors. We are committed to sharing and imparting knowledge, building & developing skillsets and mentoring of Bahraini Nationals.

GM’s Message

Exhibition World Bahrain, the award-winning World’s Leading New Exhibition and Convention Centre 2023, has positioned itself as the Middle East’s preferred place to meet, convene and do business at the heart of the Gulf, bolstering the Kingdom of Bahrain’s stance as a world-leading destination for all major exhibitions, conferences, and events, with this state-of-the-art venue offering world-class services and facilities.

EWB’s first year was a huge success, hosting various local and international events of numerous categories and scopes, having the huge potential of elevating Bahrain’s event experience while also benefiting the Kingdom’s tourism and economic growth in such a short period of time. 

We are creating an extraordinary environment for our clients, delegates, and visitors, offering a unique, outstanding experience that exceeds their expectations to support our mission of offering innovative, flexible, and sustainable solutions at our stunning new venue.  

At Exhibition World Bahrain, we are fully committed to generating a long-term legacy for the Kingdom of Bahrain and striving to create the most memorable customer experience for all our guests, providing a glimpse into Bahrain’s warm, welcoming, and authentic Arabic hospitality.

Exhibition World Bahrain’s success is a direct result of our investment in our people to build, develop and mentor a diverse, passionate, and inclusive Bahraini team, empowering our talents to grow and become the future leaders of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Our dedication persists in nurturing brighter horizons of growth in business tourism and leading sustainable strides in the MICE industry regionally and internationally.  

We look forward to warmly welcoming you to Exhibition World Bahrain.

Dr. Debbie Kristiansen
General Manager – Exhibition World Bahrain

Executive Team

Dr. Debbie Kristiansen

General Manager
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Hanan Al Shehabi

Director of Finance and Administration
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Huda Al Shamlan

Director of Marketing, Communications & Partnerships
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Ali Toorani

Acting Director of Event Operations
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Anas Ateeq

Head of Business Development
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Ahmed Aldusooqi

Head of Protocol
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Rasha Ameen

Head of People & Culture
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Samer Maaroof

Head of Facilities
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Mohammad Din Hayat

Head of Culinary
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Ahmed Hammad

Legal Advisor
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Mona Mirza

Information Technology Manager
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David Garbutt

Security Manager
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Amal Rafea

Senior Business Analyst
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Business Development Team

Ali Hasan

Senior Manager, Corporate & Government

Maryam Ebrahim

Manager, International Associations & Conventions


At Exhibition World Bahrain, we are dedicated to making a positive impact on the environment and fostering sustainable practices within the events industry. We firmly believe that by prioritising sustainability, we can contribute to a greener future while creating memorable experiences for our guests.

Together, let’s embrace sustainability and work towards creating a more environmentally conscious and socially responsible events industry. We believe that every action counts, and by taking collective steps towards sustainability, together we can make a significant difference.

As part of our transparency and accountability, we have prepared a Sustainability Highlights Report that provides a comprehensive overview of our sustainability initiatives, achievements, and future goals. This report highlights our progress in key areas, and we invite you to download and review our report.


Dr Debbie Kristiansen:

Dr Debbie Kristiansen has over 30 years’ experience in Venue Management, Entertainment, Events and MICE Tourism. She has an extensive understanding of public and private sector organisations with a track record of driving growth and business development. Dr Debbie was Vice President for Global Sales at Regent Exhibitions – IMEX Frankfurt from 2001. In 2005 she moved to the Middle East and helped establish the Bahrain Exhibition & Convention Authority, later assuming the role of CEO. She became the first female CEO of NOVO Cinemas in Dubai, until she joined Exhibition World Bahrain as General Manager in 2021. Dr Debbie is currently serving on the Board of Directors at UFI – The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.

It is this level of leadership that landed her many recognitions and awards, most recently: Top 150 Global Women in Leadership Award Winners 2022, UN Women USA Rise & Raise Others Award 2022, Top 50 Global Inspirational Women to look out for in 2022, Top 50 Women in Global Cinema & Entertainment 2020. 

Huda Al Shamlan:

Huda is a marketing and communications expert with over 13 years’ experience, focused on marketing and communication strategies, brand exposure and team capacity building, with a strong background in building marketing and communications departments for start-up organisations, and a specialisation in crisis comms and mitigation strategies. Huda’s career began at Bahrain Ministry of Information as an International Relations Specialist. She then moved on to be part of the team that launched Bahrain’s National Communication Centre to unify whole-of-government comms and messaging. She joined APCO Worldwide in 2018, a global communication consultancy firm offering 360 marcoms services to private and public sector clients. Huda was Head of Corporate Communications at BNET Bahrain before joining Exhibition World Bahrain as the Marketing, Communications and Partnerships Director in September 2022.

Ali Toorani:

Ali Toorani has a BSC in Mechatronics Engineers, and over a decade of experience in events operations and exhibitions management, Ali Toorani has been at the helm of organising some of the most prestigious and largest conferences in the Kingdom of Bahrain.  Ali progressed fast through overseeing multiple aspects within the industry, including events contracting, events organising and venue representation.  

As Acting Director of Event Operations, Ali is responsible for overseeing the planning and execution of events for the largest and newest exhibition and convention centre in the Middle East.  

In 2023, he was selected to take part in AIPC’s Future Shaper’s Program, making him the only Bahraini to ever be nominated. Ali’s professional journey has also focused on youth leadership and the importance of highlighting exceptional talents within the industry to create a sustainable path forward in the Kingdom of Bahrain. 

Rasha Al Ameen:

A skilled Head of People & Culture, Ms. Rasha Al Ameen oversees all HR functions with her team at EWB, including staff recruitment, evaluation, and payroll. She is also passionate about developing talent in the organisation and identifying area where staff can thrive. 

Prior to taking her role at EWB, Ms. Al Ameen spent 14 years with one of Bahrain’s largest insurers, and 3 years with the American University of Bahrain where she was responsible for all faculty and administration staff, where she designed and implemented custom training programmes, structured employee benefit packages. Rasha is CIPD certified.

Ahmed Hammad:

Ahmed Hammad joined EWB from BMMI, where he held the positions of Acting General Manager at Banader Hotels Company and Legal & Compliance Manager at BMMI. Ahmed holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and certifications in Compliance and Risk Management.

Amal Rafea:

Amal Rafea joined EWB from Tamkeen where she held the position of Senior Officer. She enrolled in several courses focused on management. Amal holds a Master of Science in International Business Management. 

Samer Maroof:

Samer Maaroof joined EWB from Ahli United Bank where he held the position of Head of Facilities Management. Prior to this, he spent time in Bank ABC. Samer accumulated over 25 years of experience in facilities management.

Mona Mirza:

Mona Mirza holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology & Computing from Arab Open University and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde. With over 14 years of experience, Mona served as Acting Head IT Development at Batelco. Her expertise spans strategic planning, project management, and business analysis, demonstrating a track record of delivering impactful solutions in the IT telecom sector.

Anas Ateeq:

Anas Ateeq holds a BSc in Business Administration. With over 20 years of experience in marketing and corporate communications, he is skilled in organising business events, managing marketing campaigns, corporate communications, event management, brand development, and crisis management. Anas has worked with leading organisations like Seef Properties and Bahrain Development Bank.

Hanan AlShehabi:

Hanan AlShehabi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Bahrain with over 20 years of experience in finance and administration across industries like oil & gas, leisure & entertainment, and property development. She has held key roles at organisations including Majid Futtaim Leisure. Hanan’s expertise includes budgeting, financial reporting, audit coordination, team leadership, and policy implementation.

Ahmed Aldusooqi:

Ahmed Aldusooqi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, And Diplomas in Business Administration and Communication Skills. Ahmed has almost 20 years’ experience in PR and protocol management experience, and various roles including Chief of Public & International Relations at the Isa Cultural Centre and Director of PR & Protocol at the King Hamad Global Centre for Peaceful Coexistence. He is skilled in organising international events, managing PR activities, and nurturing key relationships with government entities, regional and international organisations, and foreign embassies. 

Mohammad Din Hayat:

Mohammad Din Hayat holds degrees in Business Management and Computer Support Systems from US institutions. He has over 10 years of experience in operations, entertainment management, and hospitality. While at Novo Cinemas, Mohammad served as a Cinema Manager, where he managed staff, planned operations, and handled finances.

David Garbutt:

David Garbutt holds a Diploma in Security Management. Specialising in international security, risk management, and operational oversight.  During his distinguished career, David held various security positions in the British Army’s Royal Military Police, as well as the position of Chief Security Manager at the Electricity and Water Authority in Bahrain. David continues to demonstate his ability to lead teams, devise security policies, and deploy technical security systems.