CB Richard Ellis has opened a new Middle Eastern office in the business district of Manama, Bahrain.

The Manama office will be managed by Mike Williams, who has spent the last decade working throughout the region. The professional services firm expects to employ more than 100 people in the Gulf region by the year end, and at least 20 in Bahrain.

Nick Maclean, MD for CBRE Middle East, said: ‘The island Kingdom of Bahrain has long enjoyed a history of commercial success, reflected in the many completed landmark developments and those planned for the future.

‘The office opening in the central business district of Manama complements our regional strategy of expansion, seen most recently in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. In particular the Bahrain office further offers a strong platform to enter important markets such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar.’

Mike Strong, chair of CB Richard Ellis, EMEA, said: ‘The opening of an office in Bahrain is another important step forward in our Gulf expansion strategy, and allows us to extend our services into a rapidly growing region. We are particularly pleased to add experienced professionals to our team and our international clients are already benefiting from their local knowledge and contacts.’