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BAHRAIN 2018

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Welcome Welcome to Meet Bahrain 2018, your essential destination and meeting guide

With a long and successful history as a global trading nation, the Kingdom of Bahrain has always offered a warm and open welcome to international visitors and businesses. The GCC is undergoing a significant economic transformation, and Bahrain was the first country in the region to begin its diversification decades ago. We continue to diversify our tourism sector, building on our value proposition and expanding our offerings. Tourism and international trade have been consistent cornerstones in the Kingdom’s economic diversification strategy, marking the country as a key global destination. Over 12 million tourists visited the Kingdom in 2017, fuelling a thriving tourism industry around Bahrain’s wide range of four and five-star hotels and resorts. This ecosystem will be expanded further, sustained by over US$10 billion (BHD3.7 billion) of dedicated spending allocated to tourism and leisure, and over US$32 billion (BHD12 billion) in key infrastructure projects across the nation. Visitors to the country can take advantage of a thriving social calendar, with major international events including the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix and the Bahrain International Air Show. It is now even easier to visit Bahrain. Visas on arrival are available for citizens from 67 countries, e-visas are available for 114 nations, and thanks to a new national partnership with VFS Global, Gulf Air passengers can complete their visa applications online. Additionally, the Kingdom’s causeway provides a key link to Saudi Arabia, positioning the country as an ideal gateway to the Gulf, with efficient and reliable access to the region’s biggest market. Bahrain continues to be a major hub for international businesses in the region. In 2017, the Kingdom significantly enhanced Bahrain’s environment for businesses of all sizes. Noteworthy highlights included the announcement of the Middle East’s first Amazon Web Services ‘Region’, and the construction of Mondelez’s new manufacturing facility. We also announced the opening of Bahrain Fintech Bay, a collaborative space that will support and encourage the growth and development of local startups or allow global entrepreneurs to scale up their business. Companies from around the region and the world recognise the advantages of our supportive regulatory, financial and social environment and are choosing to establish their operations in Bahrain, with brands launched such as Careem, Five Guys, and Action Hotels going some way to creating more than 4,000 job opportunities in the country. The Kingdom is thriving, exciting, and ready for tourists and businesses alike. We look forward to welcoming you to our country. Khalid Al Rumaihi Chief Executive, Bahrain Economic Development Board

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Insight

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4........ Regional map – Showcasing the Kingdom’s regional and international reach

32...... A dynamic destination – Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre is playing a major role in boosting business tourism to the Kingdom

6......... Country map – A guide to Bahrain’s cities and districts 8......... Need to know – Useful travel tips and helpful insider insights to navigate the Kingdom 10....... Kingdom on the rise – An introduction to the Kingdom of Bahrain and its unique attractions

34...... Versatile venues – An impressive roster of hotels in Bahrain covers everything from relaxing retreats to stylish city spaces

Stay 42...... Hotel fact sheets – The ultimate resource for hotels in Bahrain

12....... Honouring the past – H.E. Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, President of Bahrain’s Authority for Culture and Antiquities, considers how the country’s rich cultural offering sets the Kingdom apart

80..... Hotel listings – An indispensible guide to accommodation options around the Kingdom

14....... A unique offering – Destination management companies are shining a light on the Kingdom’s many attractions

18....... Journey of discovery – A transport evolution across land, sea and air means exploring Bahrain’s attractions is easier than ever 22...... In with the new – The amazing new developments that will help Bahrain’s tourism sector grow even further 26...... Adliya – This district in the heart of Manama is brimming with art galleries, restaurants and a bustling nightlife

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84...... In good taste – Bahrain’s lively culinary scene delivers flavours from around the world in unforgettable settings 88...... Cultural connection – Steeped in heritage, the Kingdom perfectly blends the past and the present by nurturing its rich heritage and vibrant modern culture 92...... Driven to succeed – From the Formula One Grand Prix to Bahrain International Airshow, the Kingdom has an exciting annual calendar of events

28...... Central Business District – A thriving urban area at the very centre of Bahrain’s business and retail offering 30..... Muharraq – This ancient former capital is home to a wealth of UNESCO World Heritage sites and ancient settlements

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96......Key contacts – Trusted service providers across the Kingdom

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JORD JO AR ND A N

Regional flight reach

Kuwait City – 45 mins Riyadh – 45 mins Dubai – 45 mins Abu Dhabi – 45 mins Muscat – 1 hour, 20 mins

11.4

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The number of tourist arrivals in 2017, an increase of 11.9 percent compared to 2016

Top source markets Arrivals to Bahrain from key markets in 2017: 01 Saudi Arabia 9.9 million 02 GCC (exc. KSA) 1 million 03 Europe 203, 848 04 Asia 75,008 05 America 48,864 06 Middle East 36,782

Global flight reach Bahrain International Airport serves 42 connecting cities on routes with: • 32 passenger airlines • 8 million passengers

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I R A QI R A Q

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Welcome to the Kingdom

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Bahrain is a thriving hub, perfectly placed to bridge east and west

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The population of Bahrain has shown annual growth of 1.76 percent

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Island appeal With business tourism an increasingly important part of its future plan, Bahrain is an ideal mix of top venues, amazing attractions, history and culture

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The length of Bahrain in kilometres

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The number of islands that make up Bahrain

157,000 The population of capital Manama

1.6million The predicted population of Bahrain by 2020

KEY: 1. Amwaj Island  2. Bahrain Bay  3. Bahrain Financial Harbor  4. Bahrain Fort  5. Bahrain International Airport 6. Bahrain International Circuit  7. Bahrain National Theatre  8. Bahrain World Trade Centre  9. Bu Maher Fort 10. Diyar Al Muharraq  11. Durrat Al Bahrain  12. Farmers Market (A’Ali)  13. Gravity Indoor Skydiving  14. Khalifa Bin Salman Port  15. Lost Dilmun  16. Pearling Path  17. Riffa Fort  18. Royal Camel Farm  19. Royal Golf Club  20. Tree of Life

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NORTHERN CITY

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INSIGHT | FACT FILE

Need to know:

Bahrain

All the essentials to plan your next successful business trip in the Kingdom Geography Bahrain is an archipelago of 33 islands located just off the eastern coastline of Saudi Arabia in the Arabian Gulf. Bahrain Island is the largest of the islands at 55 kilometres by 18 kilometres, and is connected to Saudi Arabia by the King Fahd Causeway. Getting there Bahrain’s location, as a gateway between east and west, makes it ideally placed to welcome visitors from all over the world. It is home to a bustling aviation hub served by 32 airlines flying direct to Bahrain International Airport, which is in the process of building a new terminal and is located just nine kilometres from Manama city centre. Within easy reach of major international airports, convenient flight times include just six and a half hours from London, while Paris is a little over six hours away. Flying from Dubai to Bahrain takes less than an hour. National carrier Gulf Air, which recently expanded its fleet, offers direct flights from an extensive network of cities in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa, including Abu Dhabi, Istanbul, Riyadh, Paris, London, Bangkok and Cairo. Visas International travellers from 67 countries can now visit Bahrain with a visa on arrival, while 114 other nationalities are eligible for electronic visas. Anyone wishing to enter Bahrain requires a visa, except citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates). To find out more, visit evisa.gov.bh Climate The weather in Bahrain is pleasantly warm for most of the year. From October to April, temperatures average between 20 degrees Celsius and 30 degrees Celsius, making it the best time to visit. The warmest months are between May and September. In June and July, the temperature can rise to over 40 degrees but there are plenty of indoor activities to enjoy. Local time GMT/UTC +3

Currency The Bahraini Dinar (BD) is pegged to the US dollar at BD0.38 = US$1. There are 1,000 fils in a Bahraini Dinar. ATMs are widely available as are electronic payments systems. Major credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops, while crypto currency is accepted by some businesses. In markets and small businesses, cash is preferred. Country code +973 Business hours The working week in Bahrain is Sunday to Thursday. Government offices are closed on Fridays and Saturdays, although some private sector offices remain open. Most shops and malls open at 10am and close around 10pm, although they tend to open later on weekends, in Ramadan and on holidays. Markets and souqs are generally open from 7.30am to 1pm, and 4 to 6pm, Saturday through to Thursday. Language Arabic is the official language while English is widely spoken. Religion Islam is the official religion, though Bahrain is home to many faiths. Visitors to the country can explore churches, mosques and temples, including a 200-year old Hindu Temple in Manama. Dress code Bahrain is a Muslim country and has a reputation as being one of the most liberal countries in the Gulf. Visitors are encouraged to refrain from wearing revealing clothing, such as short dresses or tight clothing. Photography Tourism photography is allowed in most places but it is courteous to ask permission. National Day December 16 is National Day and commemorates His Highness Sheikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa’s coronation in 1961. Keep in touch Free WiFi is available at the airport, malls and cafés throughout the Kingdom.

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INSIGHT | INTRODUCTION

Kingdom on the rise Boasting the perfect mix of cultural sites, dramatic landscapes and a fast-paced modern city, Bahrain is emerging as one of the world’s must-visit destinations

Throughout history Bahrain has been a vibrant trading hub with the pearling industry playing an important role from as far back as the 3rd Century BC. The industry continues to thrive to this day as the Kingdom capitalises on its natural assets that range from miles of pristine coastline to great swathes of desert. Meanwhile, the capital Manama has grown into a futuristic, cosmopolitan city attracting thousands of visitors each year to its mix of five-star hotels, plush malls and international events such as the Formula 1

Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. However, modernisation has not come at the expense of the Kingdom’s rich history and special care and attention has been taken to ensure Bahrain’s cultural credentials are as much part of the offering as its gleaming modern side. Home to archaeological treasures, ancient cities and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, visitors will also find a thriving modern cultural scene with everything from live entertainment to theatre, classical music performances and world-class art exhibitions.

01: Manama skyline 02: Bahrain National Museum 03: King Fahd Causeway 04: Al Fateh Grand Mosque

With so much to offer, it’s little wonder that each year, more and more business and leisure visitors flock to Bahrain. The Kingdom boasts a state-of-the-art aviation hub, Bahrain International Airport, which is currently undergoing a billion-dollar expansion plan to welcome the expected increases in visitor numbers. Once in the country, there is an impressive roster of hotels ready to welcome guests at any price point, while the vibrant dining scene showcases cuisines from all over the world

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in a stunning selection of settings. For business visitors, there is ample opportunity to hold a meeting or event at any one of the stand-out venues here, from out-of-the-box options overlooking a race track, to beautiful al fresco venues by the beach. Leading the way is Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre which hosts an array of high-profile conferences and exhibitions each year. When it comes to incentive groups, the Kingdom’s enviable options make the most of the variety of settings, from desert challenges to adventures on the ocean. There are plenty of high-octane activities for groups at Bahrain International Circuit or look to the skies for an aerial spectacle during an outing at Bahrain International Airshow. Like many of its Gulf neighbours, Bahrain’s forward strategy is based on diversification away from traditional resources such as oil, favouring instead a growth in tourism. At the heart of the government’s Economic Vision 2030 road map is a plan to nurture the Kingdom’s burgeoning business tourism industry, which goes hand in hand with adding to the existing infrastructure to cater to the millions of visitors pouring into the country each year. A series of exciting

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new developments are planned for the years ahead, with multi-million dollar projects such as Bahrain Marina promising to transform the capital, bringing luxury waterfront living, retail and dining to the heart of the city. Marassi Al Bahrain is another major project in the pipeline, a sprawling business and lifestyle destination on a two-kilometre stretch of the southern island shores of Diyar Al Muharraq. Around 4,000 new hotel rooms iareplanned in the coming years

Modernisation has not come at the expense of the Kingdom’s rich history marking an increase of 30 percent in hotel stock. Among the openings this year are Jumeirah Royal Saray, Wyndham Grand Bahrain Bay and The Grove Amwaj Island, while openings before 2020 include The Address Marassi Resort, Vida Marassi Resort, the Sahel Resort and Conference Centre, Hilton Bahrain Bay and DoubleTree Juffair. With such a flurry of exciting new development planned, Bahrain is perfectly placed to see its business and leisure tourism proposition soar.

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Honouring the past For H.E. Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, President of Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, the rich cultural offering sets the Kingdom apart

As the landscape of Bahrain continually changes, and ultra-modern skyscrapers replace the once flat sands, it is clear that the Kingdom is firmly embracing the future. Yet what adds to the destination’s appeal, and helps set it apart, is the determination to highlight its rich heritage while nurturing a thriving contemporary culture. Throughout the Kingdom, visitors will discover historic homes and ancient settlements that provide a fascinating glimpse into the way life was once lived here. Tasked with maintaining that deep connection to times past, and with building an exciting future rooted in the

country’s heritage, is H.E. Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, President of Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA). “Every city and village in Bahrain carries within it a beauty worthy of a visit and admiration,” she says. “The successive civilisations that have inhabited this land over many millennia have produced spaces that remain unspoiled by humans to this very day, standing tall as witnesses to the history of the island. For me, appreciating the many aspects of Bahrain and its rich culture is what makes the Kingdom special.”

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An important year While there has long been a focus on emphasising the history and culture of Bahrain, this year takes on extra significance with Muharraq named the Capital of Islamic Culture 2018. The city served as Bahrain’s capital until 1932 when it was replaced by Manama, and it remains a place of great importance to the country. Offering a fascinating window to the past, Muharraq’s well-preserved monuments, architecture and heritage sites make it a historic treasure trove. With Muharraq firmly in the spotlight, numerous initiatives are underway to coincide with the special year. H.E. Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa says: “Muharraq served as Bahrain’s first capital and enjoys a very special and unique historic status; as it was the birthplace of many important figures who left an enduring imprint in the fields of culture, art and literature. “It also boasts a distinctive urban fabric and contains many heritage houses that belonged to important luminaries who shaped modern Bahrain. Important sites include Bu Maher Fort, the gateway to the Pearling Path. This path is set to be completed this year and will serve as an open-air museum showcasing the history of Muharraq during the important era when the pearling trade was the Kingdom’s most important source of income, before the discovery of oil. “A special tent has also been set up in the city to house an exciting line-up of annual events and activities, including the Bahrain Fine Arts Exhibition, Bahrain International Book Fair, Bahrain Heritage Festival and the Bahrain Summer Festival.”

“Investment in culture and heritage is an investment that lasts a lifetime, and, contrary to what some may believe, heritage and archaeological sites are what really attract visitors, not the facilities and shops around them” More to offer Understandably much of the focus for BACA in the upcoming months will be on promoting the special events taking place within Muharraq. But H.E. Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa is keen to point out that those seeking to explore the cultural side of Bahrain should not limit themselves to visiting just one city. The country is teeming with attractions from Riffa Fort in the south to Bahrain National Theatre in the north. “Despite its relatively small size, Bahrain boasts an abundance of sites and landmarks that keep visitors returning to our island,” she says. “Aside from Muharraq we have the Bahrain Fort and its dedicated museum, which was the first site in Bahrain

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01: H.E. Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa 02: Manama skyline 03: Arad Fort 04: Pearl merchant’s house, Muharraq 05: Dhows at sunset in Muharraq

inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other important sites include the Bahrain National Museum, which offers trips by sea to Bu Maher Fort, and in the south we have Riffa Fort and the Tree of Life in Sakhir. “Investment in culture and heritage is an investment that lasts a lifetime, and, contrary to what some may believe, heritage and archaeological sites are what really attract visitors, not the facilities and shops around them.” Showing that Bahrain cares deeply about its history and culture is one of the important aspects of BACA’s varied remit and the organisation places great emphasis on proving this helps the country stand apart as a destination. Yet H.E. Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa believes much more can be done to promote the Kingdom. She says: “We genuinely believe in the power of the segment of society which exhibits a keen interest in culture, art, civilisation, and heritage to amplify our message and efforts. And we are on a promising track towards the future. “That said, I hope to see more of our planned culture-related projects move from the design to the implementation phase. And for us to witness completed structures for the world to acknowledge the many hidden treasures contained in the Land of Dilmun.”

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MEET | DMC INTERVIEW

Hospitable hosts Destination Management Companies across Bahrain are showcasing just what the Kingdom has to offer to the rest of the world

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Kyriako Zarkadas Founder & CEO, Visit Bahrain What are some of the standout aspects that make Bahrain unique? Bahrain is a land of marvelous contrasts. Whether we view it in terms of cultural heritage or in terms of geography, the Kingdom stands out as a beautiful combination of influences. Its most appealing characteristic is hinted straight from its name since Bahrain means the land of the two seas. Actually, it should say lands, since Bahrain consists of more than 30 islands. However, Bahraini people are the best thing about the Kingdom. So warm, welcoming and with such

big hearts. And even if they are deeply connected with their beliefs and culture, they are very accepting and open minded of other cultures as well. Bahrain is indeed a land of freedom. What would you say are some of the country’s hidden gems? Manama Souq is an absolute must visit. A walk through can become an exciting treasure hunt for traditional items and delicious Bahraini food. We actually recommend that all visitors grab a halwa and enjoy it while wandering through the Souq. The bazaar is a wonderland for unique jewellery, sweets, spices, pottery and numerous other hidden gems.

Can you tell us the top three sites, attractions, or experiences a visitor should not miss when in the Kingdom? When in Bahrain, visitors should try to sample something out of everything that Bahrain has to offer. That’s why we recommend them to first dive into the Kingdom’s history by visiting the Bahrain Fort, which was once the capital of the ancient Dilmun civilisation and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, a visit to the Bahrain International Circuit is also a must in order to gain a view into the present of Bahrain. The circuit offers loads of fun and activities for the whole family and is overall a state-ofthe-art facility, right in the middle of

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the Shakir desert. The third thing visitors must try is pearl diving. Bahrain was widely renowned for having the best pearls in the world. Thus, ample efforts have been made to keep the tradition of pearl diving alive and preserve this memory. Today, tourists can enjoy a fun dive and, if they are very lucky, leave with a stunning pearl souvenir. It is truly a unique experience they cannot have anywhere else in the world. What does Bahrain have to offer business guests and incentive travel groups? Bahrain is up and ready for the challenge of meeting even the most

demanding requirements of business guests. First of all, it has numerous extremely well equipped and generously large conference rooms, the biggest of them being the Gulf Convention Centre, which can host up to 2,500 people. Secondly, Bahrain’s hotels are ready to offer their full support in organising and supplying these conferences, while business travellers can focus on what they came here to do. And thirdly, but most certainly not lastly, Bahrain is also rich in leisure activities and fantastic tours which can help business travellers and groups replenish their energy. What are some of the changes you predict in Bahrain’s tourism industry in the years to come? The trends are very clear regarding the changes we can predict in the near future. The tourism industry is definitely growing in Bahrain. Just have a look at all the development projects for hotels and restaurants. Also, the number of tourists is growing by the month thanks to the efforts and support of service providers, the government, and investors. Exciting times are coming and we’re glad to be among those who are opening the gates of Bahrain to the world.

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Ramsumesh R Menon General Manager, GO Gosaibi Travel How did Go Gosaibi Travel get started? Based in Bahrain since 1954, it is the brainchild of the late Fahad Abdulrahman Algosaibi, the father of our present Chairman Fawaz Fahad Algosaibi. Over the last 64 years the company has evolved as a fully fledged travel service organisation specialising in corporate, leisure and online travel, as well as destination management services offering holistic travel related assistance in the region.

How can business visitors make the most of a trip to Bahrain? The island of Bahrain is known primarily for its small size and successful finance industry. Recently, thanks to intensified efforts by the Bahrain Economic Development Board and in coordination with various ministries, there are new opportunities being opened up for investments under the StartUp Bahrain Initiative programme and tourism is one of the major thrust areas.

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What do you think sets Bahrain apart from some of the other destinations in the region? The most outstanding feature that sets Bahrain apart is its own people. Bahrainis are the most warm, humble and hospitable hosts in the region. This is primarily because it has a progressive and highly valued education system. The majority of the country, (95.7 percent) is literate and Bahrain also has the highest female literacy rate, (93.5 percent,) in the Arabian Peninsula. This is a very important factor for tourism. 07

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How do you see Bahrain’s tourism scene developing in the years to come? There are many initiatives being implemented along with the Economic Development Board to spruce up the infrastructure to attract more tourists to Bahrain. National carrier Gulf Air has announced a phased expansion running until 2023 with the addition of 39 new aircraft and new destinations across all the major continents. The swanky new Bahrain International Airport is also scheduled to open up in 2019, with the capacity increase from nine million to 14 million. Many multi-purpose tourism projects and attractions are also in the pipeline. A new International Convention Centre roughly expected to be 11 times larger than the existing one, with 14,000 square metres of exhibition space, is planned so Bahrain will be the new destination for business in the next two to three years.

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INSIGHT | GETTING AROUND

Journey of discovery Travelling to Bahrain, and around the Kingdom, has never been simpler thanks to huge investment across land, sea and air

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As Bahrain continues to diversify their economy and expand its blossoming tourism proposition, the country has placed great emphasis on increasing the number of visitors. This has led to huge investment in infrastructure as the country looks to promote its unique blend of stunning natural wonders, ancient attractions and gleaming modern developments. In fact the Bahrain Economic Development Board revealed late last year that a staggering US$13 billion (BHD4.8 billion) is being

spent on the country’s tourism infrastructure, with a host of exciting new projects already in development. At the heart of this investment is a commitment to overhaul the Kingdom’s transport network, making it easier than ever before for business and leisure tourists to experience this captivating Kingdom.

MAJOR EXPANSION Bahrain International Airport (BIA) has come a long way since its inception in

1927 when it was the very first airport in the Arabian Gulf. Now handling in excess of eight million passengers a year, Bahrain International Airport has become a hub with 67 percent of the world’s population within an eighthour flight of the Kingdom. There are also 300 million people within just two hours travel time of BIA, thus making it an important destination for a host of regional and international airlines. As well as being the home base of domestic airline Gulf Air, there are 32 passenger

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and 15 cargo airlines that fly from BIA, including regional powerhouse carriers Emirates, Saudia and Etihad Airways, as well as international companies Cathay Pacific, British Airways, KLM, Air India, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines. Located on Muharraq Island, and just a 15-minute drive from the centre of Manama, BIA has profited from Bahrain’s tourism push with the country receiving an increase in arrivals of 11.85 percent last year. With more visitors arriving each year, the airport is set to play an even bigger role when its expansion is completed in 2019. The US$1.1 billion (BHD414 million) project will increase the annual capacity of the airport to 14 million passengers. Once completed the main terminal will spread across 22,000 square metres, four times the size of the current airport, and will feature 24 passport control booths, 28 security

lanes and a 9,000 square metre dutyfree retail space. There will also be a significant upgrade to the facilities within the airport thanks to premiumclass lounges, food and beverage zones and an automated baggage handling system. Despite the scale of the expansion, according to Bahrain Airport

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Company Chief Executive Mohammed Al Binfalah, the ambitious development could be completed as early as the second quarter of 2019. He says: “We are definitely on track as per our schedule and operating within our allocated funding of US$1.1 billion (BHD414 billion). The 2019 deadline will be met and we are busy on various fronts such as the construction of a fuel farm, a multi-storey car park, and have just completed the construction of the central utility complex that will feed power and water to the airport. “From both passenger experience and information technology aspects, we will be one of the most advanced airports in the region.”

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The extensive airport expansion will also include a multi-storey car park that will be able to accommodate more than 3,500 vehicles, as well as a hotel for those travelling onto another destination beyond the Kingdom. Explaining more, Bahrain Airport Company Development Director Derek Hendry adds: “There will be a transit hotel for passengers who have long layovers with about 40 rooms designed to the best international standards. In addition, there will be a fully automated baggage control, self check-in kiosks and a premium Gulf Air lounge that will be three times bigger than the present facility.”

FLYING HIGH Formed in 1950 when it was the first official commercial airline in the Middle East, Gulf Air is now a major

contender on the region’s aviation scene, serving 42 cities in 25 countries spanning three continents. The airline also operates double daily flights or more to 10 regional cities, in addition to select destinations in the Indian subcontinent and Europe. It currently serves all its destinations with a fleet totalling 28 modern aircraft, but starting this year 39 new Boeing and Airbus aircrafts will arrive at the cost US$7 billion (BHD2.6 billion). This investment will include five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and two Airbus A320Neos that will arrive before the end of the year. The hope is that the major investment in the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will strengthen the prescence of Gulf Air across the globe. There is also a belief that it will serve to enhance the airline’s operational efficiency while also offering enhanced passenger comfort.

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“Promoting the Kingdom of Bahrain as a many faceted tourist destination is key to Gulf Air’s long standing mission”

The 787s will have 26 business class seats and 256 economy seats and could signal the start of long haul growth for Gulf Air. Already it has announced two daily flights between Bahrain and London, which will commence from June 15 this year, while the delivery of a further 16 of the 787s will take place in the next six years. This could see the airline further extend its reach. Gulf Air has also recently launched a tourist visa service exclusively for passengers flying across its global

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Gulf Air is a major contender on the region’s aviation scene, serving 42 cities in 25 countries spanning three continents network to Bahrain. This allows travellers with Gulf Air tickets to apply for a visa on a dedicated website. With the process speeded up with a much more streamlined system now in place, it is hoped that it will encourage more people travelling to the Kingdom to consider the airline. “Promoting the Kingdom of Bahrain as a multifaceted tourist destination is key to Gulf Air’s long standing mission,” comments Gulf Air Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Captain Waleed Abdul Hameed Al Alawi. “We are delighted to make the process of obtaining a visa to enter Bahrain easier and more convenient. We anticipate positive feedback

from our customers, for whom this service is tailored, and we look forward to welcoming more people from around the world to Bahrain to experience all the Kingdom has to offer.”

JOURNEY BY LAND AND SEA With the vast majority of people visiting Bahrain via land and sea, the Kingdom is looking to also significantly overhaul its transport system. There are already plans in place for a second causeway linking Bahrain with Saudi Arabia, which would include a motorway and rail lines in order to handle both freight and passengers.

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The two countries are also working together closely in order to increase the efficiency of King Fahd Causeway, with a planned expansion that will see the number of lanes double from 19 to 38. Meanwhile, in recognition of the major increases in cruise passenger traffic in and around the region, Mina Salman port has been opening up more capacity and in January Shaikh Khaled bin Humood Al Khalifa, Chief Executive Officer of Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), said that he expected the port to handle 33 ships, with almost 80,000 passengers this year.

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INSIGHT | NEW DEVELOPMENTS

In with the new A series of stunning new developments is set to lead Bahrain into a bright tourism future 01

A destination firmly on the rise, Bahrain is undergoing a major transformation as the Kingdom aims to bolster its tourism credentials by investing heavily in a range of ambitious projects. From sprawling urban developments and stunning new waterfront districts, to high-end hotels and expansive malls, the Kingdom’s ability to honour its past and look to the future makes it an attractive choice for travellers all over the world.

WATERBAY At the centre of Bahrain Bay, one of the biggest developments in the history of the country, this new residential complex has been designed and developed with luxury firmly in mind. Comprised of three identical 10-storey buildings, one of which will be internationally branded hotel serviced apartments, Waterbay, Waterbay West and Waterbay East, will each offer stunning

views over the bay. As you would expect from such a stellar development, there is no end of amenities with each building home to a swimming pool, nursery, movie theatre, prayer rooms and gym. The 600 apartments will range from studios to penthouses with sprawling terraces, while residents can also make use of water taxis that head straight to Avenues Mall.

DUSIT D2 SEEF BAHRAIN Bahrain’s hospitality offering is set for another major boost with this contemporary leisure and business hotel. The Thai company’s first hotel in the Kingdom, the complex boasts 195 spacious rooms with stunning sea views and is conveniently located close to Bahrain International Airport. Featuring a contemporary design which blends Thai and local influences, the hotel will have a host of facilities, including a health and fitness centre with spa, a

01: Waterbay 02 & 04: Dusit D2 Seef Bahrain 03: Marassi Al Bahrain

rooftop pool, a kids’ club and a range of restaurants serving a multitude of cuisines from all around the world when it opens this year. Speaking about the development, Suphajee Suthumpun, Group Chief Executive Officer of Dusit International, says: “By combining Dusit’s signature gracious hospitality with local hospitality customs and excellent entertainment facilities, dusitD2 Seef Bahrain will provide a truly distinctive experience for our guests. We are confident the hotel will be a great success, and a new landmark in the region.”

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Stretching along the pristine coastline in the heart of Manama, this stunning new waterfront district is aiming to become a must-visit destination upon its completion in 2020. Positioned to become the Kingdom’s prime lifestyle and leisure district, the complex will be home to a plush residential tower, spacious freehold apartments, seafront hotel villas and a five-star hotel. The new neighbourhood will also have plenty to offer residents and visitors thanks to a large shopping mall, a fully integrated family entertainment centre, and a recreational waterfront space brimming with restaurants and retail outlets. There will also be a 350-metre boardwalk, a 235-berth marina and a members’ only yacht club. “What we’re going to add to Bahrain’s leisure and tourism sector is a new destination that will encompass everything,” says Yazan Haddad, CEO of Bahrain Marina. “Our aim is to build the ultimate entertainment and tourism destination. We want to create a second-to-none experience for anyone who visits Bahrain Marina.”

With a prime location on the eastern edge of Manama, and just 10 minutes away from Bahrain International Airport, Marassi Al Bahrain is aiming to become one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in the country. Boasting a waterfront promenade filled with cafés, restaurants and world-class hotels, the district will also feature a traditional souq and the chic Marassi Galleria beachfront shopping mall. Spread across 875,000 square metres, the area will have two kilometres of sandy beaches as well as lush green parks. Once completed there will be 5,600 residential units, all of which will feature a balcony or a courtyard to take advantage of the impressive views, while the waterfront properties offer swimming pools, playgrounds and walkways directly to the beach. The development will also house two luxury hotels, Address Marassi Al Bahrain and Vida Marassi Al Bahrain, both of which will be adjacent to the water, offering beachfront restaurants and lounges. The development is expected to be completed by 2019.

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INSIGHT | NEW DEVELOPMENTS

MARASSI GALLERIA Set within Marassi Al Bahrain and covering an area of some 230,000 square metres, this spacious mall will house the world’s top retailers. The centrepiece of the development, Marassi Galleria will have five interconnected districts, each with their own theme. The High Street will house retail outlets and restaurants, with street performers and other bespoke activities. The Family Plaza will feature a kids’ park, while the Waterfront Dining Promenade will have restaurants and cafés, as well as a picturesque walkway along the sandy beach. Marassi Galleria’s Rooftop will host an activation area for outdoor events and provide visitors with panoramic views, and finally the Luxury Courtyard will be the place to go for high-end shopping,

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fine dining outlets and direct access to Address Marassi Al Bahrain. The mall will also boast a 12-screen cinema and an outdoor beachfront terrace.

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ADDRESS MARASSI AL BAHRAIN Located within the exciting Marassi Al Bahrain development, this luxury five-star hotel will have plenty to offer thanks to its prime location and wide range of amenities. Featuring 95 rooms and 17 suites, the venue will have oceanfront restaurants and lounges that afford fantastic views of the coast and the city skyline. There will also be a state-of-the-art wellness centre, a spa and a huge open-air pool. Additionally the hotel will be ideal for guests looking to indulge in some retail therapy as it is directly connected to the spacious Marassi Galleria shopping complex. As well as the hotel, the project will contain a residences complex with 155 fully furnished apartments that all come with balconies and private access to a twokilometre stretch of white sandy beach. The high-end chain’s offering means those living within Address Residences will also have access to a range of facilities including a spa, fitness centre and five retail outlets. There will also be business facilities and a meeting centre, as well as a spacious ballroom that will be available to host a range of events.

This luxury five-star hotel will have plenty to offer thanks to its prime location and wide range of amenities

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08: Vida Marassi Al Bahrain 09 & 10: Harbour Row

VIDA MARASSI AL BAHRAIN Hoping to take advantage of the growing number of tourists visiting the country, this modern and elegant hotel is situated in the new Marassi Al Bahrain district. Providing direct access to both the sandy beach and the Marassi Galleria shopping complex, the 157-room hotel will feature a rooftop pool and dining terrace, as well as a signature al fresco restaurant with impressive views of the ocean. A beautifully landscaped courtyard will greet guests and once inside, they will discover a range of water features and plenty of amenities such as a business centre and a well-equipped spa. As well as the hotel, Vida Marassi Al Bahrain will also have an extensive residence that is home to 145 fully furnished, serviced apartments that come with a choice of one, two or three bedrooms.

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Hoping to rival some of the great waterside destinations of the world, this US$150 million (BHD56 million) development will include 475 residential units across six buildings, as well as a wide range of retail outlets and dining venues. Taking inspiration from similar projects at London Docklands, South Beach Miami and Dubai Marina, ambitious developer GFH Real Estate is aiming to create a destination that combines the very best of business and leisure. Inside the apartment buildings, there is a range of floor plans catering to every preference, from compact studios to three-bedroom penthouses that come complete with their own private roof terrace pool and garden. Harbour Row will also be peppered with relaxed sidewalk cafés, international restaurants and up-market eateries, as well as a variety of retail shops along the waterside walkways. Just five minutes from Manama Souq and only 10 minutes from the bustling Seef District, it is being positioned as one of the country’s leading residential destinations.

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 Adliya

Insider guide

A bustling cultural hub in the heart of the city, Adliya’s eclectic collection of restaurants, cafés, art galleries and nightlife make it one of the capital’s must-visit districts 01

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A vibrant district overflowing with amazing restaurants, bijou cafés and artistic spaces, Adilya has carved out a reputation as Manama’s cultural quarter. Take a stroll through the atmospheric streets making sure you stop at Block 338, which is popular with pedestrian areas filled with eateries and art galleries. It is here you will find Al Riwaq Art Space, a four-storey cultural complex that hosts workshops, showcases local talent and stages exhibitions from internationally acclaimed artists. Similarly, Albareh Art Gallery also provides a fantastic platform for creativity with paintings, sculptures and photography by artists from across the region, while Arabesque Art Gallery places great emphasis on Bahrain’s rich history with exhibits from owner and local artist Wahab Al Kooheji. Aside from the art scene, Adliya is also a major draw for the city’s foodies thanks to its abundance of cafés and restaurants. One of the firm favourites here is Coco’s restaurant, renowned for its buzzing atmosphere and variety of

homely dishes. Should you wish to start the day with a hearty offering, then a visit to The Breakfast Club offers a good mix of delicious combinations such as stuffed waffles and black velvet pancakes. Also in this part of town, Parisian-inspired Café Lilou is another spot offering a modern twist on the classics with dishes that combine international flavours with Arabian spices. My Café then brings a creative approach to its international and local fusion menus. When it comes to flavours from around the world, Florence Restaurant serves up a taste of the Mediterranean with fresh seafood and vibrant salads, while those seeking the best steaks in the city should head to South African eatery The Meat Co. For a taste of Asia, Meisei has plenty to offer, including menu favourite Peking duck, expertly carved at the table. Over at The Foundry you will find stylish décor and a wide-ranging menu that includes French classics and American barbecue favourites. Meanwhile, Mirai offers visitors the chance to sample authentic

Top tips Take a table on the outdoor terrace at Attic restaurant for fantastic views over Adliya and of Manama city The rooftop terrace at Meisei has regular events featuring international musicians and even its own Salsa night

Japanese cuisine in a sleek and contemporary setting. Adliya’s hotels add much to the area’s culinary credentials with Palace Boutique Hotel alone home to three top restaurants, including finedining offering Masso, run by awardwinning chef Susy Massetti. There is no shortage of options at the five-star Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa which boasts 10 restaurants. When the sun goes down, Adliya well and truly comes to life as its buzzing nightlife comes to the fore. Gallery 21 is a must visit as it is home to numerous dining options, including Genwa Moroccan Lounge and Restaurant, as well as a rooftop bar which has a resident DJ and is one of the most popular spots in the city. For something a bit different, head to retro Greek kitchen Attic for delicious sharing plates, or for a tasty meal with plenty of atmosphere, Lanterns Lounge and Restaurant is a much-loved spot, with live entertainment and authentic Indian buffet concepts.

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 Central Business District Insider guide

Luxury hotels, shopping complexes and Bahrain’s tallest towers make CBD an impressive business and leisure hub right on Manama’s stunning waterfront 01

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A thriving urban area where luxurious hotels line the waterfront and futuristic skyscrapers dominate the skyline, Manama’s Central Business District is a major draw for both business and leisure visitors. Dominating the area is the distinctive Bahrain World Trade Center which was the first skyscraper in the world to integrate wind turbines into its design. Not only does the impressive building house an array of international and local businesses, but Sheraton Bahrain Hotel is also part of the complex. The five-star property has a wide variety of restaurant and leisure facilities, and is perfect for business visitors and planners thanks to 16 meeting rooms. Another key business hub on Manama’s waterfront is Bahrain Financial Harbour where the country’s tallest buildings, Harbour Towers East and West, are home to some of the world’s top commercial companies. Also here, Bahrain Bay is an impressive development on a manmade island off Manama’s coast. The waterfront destination features state of the art offices, residential units and is home to the Wyndham Grand Hotel which opened 1 Bahrain World Trade Center

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in 2017. There is a large soon to be completed promenade that leads directly to Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay where a top notch business events offering includes two ballrooms, an expansive terrace and Sky Bridge meeting rooms. Much more than a business hub, CBD is also home to a collection of historic sites and cultural centres. Built in 1949, Bab Al Bahrain was the former site of government offices and a busy customs pier, while it now marks the entrance to the popular Manama Souq where you will find no end of perfumes, spices and plenty of gold jewellery. Should you wish to learn more about the country’s rich heritage then a trip to Bahrain National Museum is a must as it features artefacts that cover nearly 5,000 years of the Kingdom’s history. Or if you prefer to relax and be entertained then Bahrain National Theatre has a packed schedule of events running throughout the year that includes world-class operas, ballets and musicals. The district also offers a wealth of shopping and leisure options with City Centre Bahrain, the country’s largest mall. Here you will find more than 300

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Top tips Don’t miss the varied programme at Bahrain National Theatre which hosts international music acts and stars of the stage and theatre For the fashion conscious MODA Mall has more than 80 fashion labels

shops, 60 dining outlets and plenty of entertainment, including Wahooo! Waterpark which even has a climate controlled indoor section perfect for the summer. Should you be looking for gift ideas then Gold City, close to Manama Souq, is where you will find plenty of diamond and gold jewellery. As you would expect from such a popular area of Manama, CBD boasts plenty of high-end hotels, including The Ritz Carlton, Bahrain which offers 11 restaurants, two large ballrooms and a selection of intimate villas that can host business events for up to 120 guests. Similarly Elite Resort & Spa Bahrain has an impressive offering for business guests with an elegant poolside venue that can seat 600 people and a conference room on the 15th floor that can accomodate 130 delegates. The hotels within the district are also ideally located for those attending conferences at the nearby Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre which has an impressive 14,000 square metres of exhibition space and can hold up to 5,000 guests in a series of flexible meeting and event spaces.

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 Muharraq Insider guide

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The former capital of Bahrain, Muharraq provides an intriguing glimpse into the rich history of the country. Strolling round the charming streets is a great way to discover the multitude of cultural centres and historic houses that help tell the story of this ancient city that has existed for thousands of years. Perhaps the best way to learn about the city, and the Kingdom’s past, is to visit the Pearling Trail, which has a 3.5 kilometre route past 17 historical buildings. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012, it provides a fascinating glimpse into the pearl trade in Bahrain which at one time saw thousands of divers bravely search the ocean floor for the treasure. One of the first stops along the route, Bu Maher Fort, has a visitor centre which is a great place to start as there is an illustrated map of the trail and models of important places to look out for along the way. The Shaikh Ebrahim Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research is also focused on preserving Bahrain’s heritage by hosting regular recitals, lectures and exhibitions each

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Top tip Muharraq has been designated the Capital of Islamic Culture 2018 and a host of activities will be taking place in and around the city to celebrate the achievement

Muharraq Souq makes for a colourful stop, offering an atmospheric take on old Bahraini life in a traditional shopping experience. Discover an incredible selection of everything from textiles to exotic spices during a visit here. While Muharraq is undoubtedly steeped in history, it also has a modern side and is the first port of call for many visitors as it is home to Bahrain International Airport. The nearby Amwaj Islands boast pristine beaches and luxury hotels, as well as a plush lagoon complex where you can find high-end restaurants, shops and designer boutiques. For those seeking entertainment, Mohammed bin Faris House hosts a free music concert each week, while La Maison Jamsheer features works from local artists.

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week. The centre is located on the site of Shaikh Ebrahim’s former majlis, where the influential Bahraini figure corresponded with leading figures all over the world on a variety of topical issues. Visitors to the area can also take in several historic houses that have played a significant role in the history of the region. Bin Mater House was built in 1905 and was once the home of a prominent pearl merchant and his family. The space has now been converted into a museum devoted to the history of pearling. Elsewhere, Kurar House has been carefully preserved and is a space dedicated to the Bahraini art of Kurar embroidery. Shaikh Isa bin Ali House is another stop not to be missed, a former royal home, it is considered one of the most impressive examples of Gulf architecture in the country. The area is also home to Arad Fort, which following its construction some time in the 15th or 16th centuries, played a major role in defending the country. Having been painstakingly restored using authentic materials, it provides a unique glimpse into the past.

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MEET | LEAD VENUE

A dynamic destination Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre is playing a vital role in boosting business tourism to the Kingdom

In 1991, Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC) first opened its doors with the aim of bolstering the Kingdom’s fledgling events industry. In the years that have followed, the venue has been hugely successful, not only in hosting regional conferences but also in attracting business visitors from all 01

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around the world. Key to its success is the highly adaptable nature of the space, which will once again play host to an important roster of events this coming year, as the venue’s place at the heart of the Kingdom’s economy is assured. The dynamic facility offers great flexibility, with separate function spaces, and access, meaning that several events can be hosted at the same time. The fact that the facility also offers almost 16,000 square metres of exhibition space means that it has proved to be attractive to a number of different industries, with this year’s programme once again covering a variety of sectors from lifestyle and business, to arts and education. This year BIECC has already hosted a range of

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events including Bahrain International Garden Show and GEO Science, an important event that takes a look at the future of the region’s hydrocarbon resources. Meanwhile a further eight events scheduled to take place throughout the rest of 2018 will attract even more international visitors. Among some of the high-profile events on the roster is Gulf Construction Expo, which welcomes specialists from the construction industry across the Northern Gulf. While Jewellery Arabia also returns in November and is sure to attract a significant number of both business and leisure visitors. The annual show regularly welcomes more than 50,000 guests as it brings together 600 companies from 30 countries.

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Exhibitions such as these have played a crucial role in achievements such as Bahrain posting an impressive three percent increase in the number of inbound tourists throughout 2017. Statistics showed that 12.7 million people visited the Kingdom, with an increase of 11.85 percent in the number of tourists accessing the country through Bahrain International Airport. And BIECC will undoubtedly play an even greater role in the coming years as the Kingdom looks to attract substantially more visitors every year. There is certainly plenty of scope for

attracting yet more conferences to BIECC with the two column-free exhibitions halls covering an impressive 14,000 square metres. There are also four VIP majlis areas and nine meeting rooms ranging from 30 square metres to 95 square metres, while there are hundreds of hotels located nearby. With the venue continually attracting new international business all the time, and Bahrain’s tourism offering growing rapidly, there is every reason to believe that the country will continue to be a leading business destination for many years to come.

Events calendar highlights Art Bahrain Across Borders

Gulf Interiors

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The leading contemporary art fair in Bahrain, this popular show aims to attract leading international galleries to the country in order to provide a platform for local artists as well as expand the Kingdom’s burgeoning art scene.

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Education and Training International Exhibition

March 21-23 An important event for students, this exhibition provides opportunities for those looking to further their education by bringing together thousands of representatives from colleges, universities

April 24-26 everything luxury, this show brings together local and international retailers, as well as designers, contractors and architects who will all have the chance to showcase their latest products and innovations. Gulf Property Show

April 24-26 This event provides an opportunity for developers, investors, consultants and service providers to highlight real estate opportunities both in Bahrain and across the rest of the world.

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MEET | HOTEL VENUES

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Scenic spaces Local flavour Serene settings Ready for business Culture club

Le Méridien City Centre Bahrain

Bahrain’s impressive roster of hotels covers everything from stylish city spaces to business meetings in relaxing retreats

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Scenic spaces Make the most of Bahrain’s stunning settings at these spectacular venues with a view Movenpick Hotel Bahrain Offering a magnificent view of the lagoon, this charming resort presents a blend of contemporary architecture and sleek interiors, coupled with the very latest technology. Popular with business guests, the hotel has a number of different meeting spaces, with the Al Murjan Ballroom the signature space able to cater to up to 800 guests. There are also two boardrooms and a meeting room, all of which come with a dedicated team to help events run smoothly.

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The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa Boasting sweeping city views, and located close to Manama’s business district, this modern property has a wide selection of meeting and event options. There are two spacious ballrooms, as well as 16 meeting rooms, that can accommodate an impressive 1,800 guests. All event spaces come with the latest audiovisual equipment, while Al Fanar allows guests to truly appreciate the views as the only rooftop-meeting venue in Bahrain. Contact: +973 17 531666 / radissonblu.com

01 Movenpick Hotel Bahrain 02 Wyndham Grand Manama 03 T he Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa 04 The Grove Hotel and Conference Centre 05 Intercontinental Regency Bahrain

Wyndham Grand Manama Thanks to breathtaking design, stunning views and a wealth of dining options, this ultra-modern development offers world-class business stays and events facilities. With the ability to host everything from a small board meeting to larger conventions, the hotel boasts 12 meeting rooms, three foyers and one ballroom that has flexible facilities that can be adjusted to suit different set ups. In total there are 2,260 square metres of customisable function space, with the Bateel Ballroom capable of accommodating 350 guests.

The Grove Hotel and Conference Centre In the heart of Amwaj Islands, and surrounded by tranquil blue waters for picture-perfect views, this elegant five-star hotel has gained a reputation as the perfect place for business meetings. There are five brand-new corporate suites designed to the highest specifications to choose from, each offering highspeed wireless internet and free food and beverages throughout the day. A spacious majlis makes the most of the wonderful sea views and can welcome 60 guests, while the 1,020 squaremetre Al Marasim Ballroom caters to up to 650 people. Contact: +973 16030303 / thegrovehotelbahrain.com

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Intercontinental Regency Bahrain This modern property has spacious rooms with impressive views across Bahrain Financial Harbour, while its meetings and events offering is second to none. Planners considering this hotel can take full advantage of InterContinental’s Inside Collection, which provides a personalised approach to event planning, drawing on the in-depth knowledge of the local in-house experts. The team is on hand to help with events across 16 meeting spaces here, the largest of which is the Al Rifaa Ballroom which can hold up to 600 guests. Contact: +973-17 227777 / ihg.com

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Local flavour With all the allure of Arabia, stunning venues draw on rich cultural roots Sheraton Bahrain Hotel With easy access to Bahrain World Trade Center, and just seven kilometres from Bahrain International Airport, this hotel is the ideal destination for business guests. The spacious five-star hotel offers a wide range of conference and event venues, with 16 dedicated rooms that in total can accommodate up to 450 guests. Drawing on regional influences, the Awali Ballroom features a twin tent roof, traditional Arabic décor and can host a maximum of 200 people. With two further ballrooms and a dedicated catering team, Sheraton Bahrain Hotel provides a sophisticated setting for an array of events.

Al Areen Palace and Spa Bahrain Paying homage to the region in its traditional Middle Eastern décor, this expansive and luxurious resort is just a short walk from the beach and a 25-minute drive to Manama. The stylish retreat has plenty of options for corporate functions with six venues catering to all business needs. The huge Nadwah ballroom can hold up to 500 guests, while the Hawar private meeting space can be transformed into a boardroom capable of seating 12 people for a more intimate gathering. There are also plenty of impressive options for al fresco events and networking dinners. Contact: +973 17 845000 / alareenpalace.com

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Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalessa Sea & Spa Perched on a pristine stretch of beach overlooking the Arabian Gulf, this spectacular hotel blends French elegance with Bahraini culture, thanks to ornate hanging lanterns and arabesque carvings. This business-friendly resort can hold meetings and banquets for up to 1,000 people in the Al Nakheel Ballroom, while the palm-filled, private Sofi Island is a truly unique location for corporate events or occasions. The hotel also offers an Inspired Meetings concierge who can organise custom layouts and creative catering packages.

The Domain Hotel & Spa Located in the heart of Manama’s diplomatic area, this modern hotel offers a contemporary take on Middle Eastern design with decorative touches throughout. With plenty of space for events, the hotel has dedicated the 12th floor to a flexible meeting space that includes three conference rooms, three boardrooms and a pre-function foyer. The largest room can be converted into a theatre capable of holding 160 guests or host a banquet for 110, while the talented culinary team can tailor menus to a variety of event requirements.

Contact: +973 17 636363 / sofitel.com

Contact: +973 1600 0000 / thedomainhotels.com

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Serene settings For a venue with plenty of wow factor head to one of Bahrain’s resort-style hotels Jumeirah Royal Saray Recently opened in Manama’s exclusive Seef district, this beach resort exudes understated luxury with its ocean blue and silver colour palette, paying homage to Bahrain’s rich pearling history. Boasting 10 lavish Bahraini-style summerhouses, an array of upscale restaurants and a private beach, it is the ideal destination for a business retreat. The resort is also just a 10-minute drive from the bustling Central Business District, making it the perfect location for those attending events at Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre. Contact: +973 7770 7070 / jumeirah.com

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The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain This elegant and tranquil resort set alongside the bay in Seef has its own private lagoon, a five-star spa and 11 first-class dining venues. Also home to lush gardens and pristine beaches, it is perfect for all manner of business events thanks to a range of team-building programmes, impressive catering and a detailed planning service. The 940 square-metre Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 500 guests, while four meeting rooms and a second ballroom are kitted out with the latest technology, able to host everything from large conferences to smaller board meetings. There is also a choice of outdoor venues, including a private island, perfect for evening cocktails or banquets on the beach.

Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay This striking hotel sits on its very own island to offer a relaxing sanctuary in the heart of bustling Manama. Having gained a reputation as a great business option, thanks to its close proximity to the city’s financial and diplomatic area, the five-star property also has a choice of indoor and outdoor event venues. In total there are 3,272 square metres of function space capable of accommodating up to 900 guests, with the huge Al Bahrain Ballroom offering sweeping views from its expansive terrace that features an oval-shaped lawn. There are also Sky Bridge meeting rooms on the 50th and 51st floors, while the hotel provides technical assistance for its many conferences.

Contact: +973 17 580000 / ritzcarlton.com

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The Westin Hotel City Centre Bahrain A popular choice for those with meetings in the heart of the city, this luxury five-star venue is attached to City Centre Bahrain shopping centre and is just a few steps away from the luxurious Saks Fifth Avenue department store. The hotel also excels in providing space for meetings and events, with eight venues able to host a maximum of 200 people. The two largest are the Noble and Regent Rooms that are each capable of accommodating 150 and 40 guests respectively, while all of the venues come with the latest technology, full-service catering and audio-visual services.

Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa, Manama A stylish property in the capital’s busy Seef district, Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa, Manama stands out due to its ability to cater to large-scale events. The impressive Acacia Ballroom spans 800 square metres and can welcome as many as 600 guests. The room also comes with a team of expert technicians and planners to help with every aspect of a function. It can also be converted to suit a variety of occasions, from major corporate functions to lavish business lunches. Five boardrooms can also be configured for a host of event options, while audiovisual technology comes as standard.

Crowne Plaza Bahrain Ideally located in the diplomatic area, and close to the business and banking district, this elegant hotel is perfect for large-scale events. Connected to Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre, the country’s leading venue for a range of events, the main ballroom can cater to 1,700 people, while the additional eight boardrooms offer over 1,700 square metres of additional space. There is even a dedicated Crowne Meetings Team who can help plan and create a uniquely tailored event. Contact: +973 17 531122 / cp-bahrain.com

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Le Méridien City Centre Bahrain With a timeless design paying homage to its Parisian heritage, the central location and array of services make this luxurious hotel ideal for conferences, meetings and banquets. In total there are eight state-of-the-art venues all supported by a professional team that provides full-service catering and tech support. Each meeting room can hold at least 10 guests, while the 113 square-metre Dana room can hold functions for a maximum of 60 people. Talented chefs are able to provide customised menus to suit any event. Contact: +97 31 7171 000 / lemeridienbahraincitycentre.com

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Golden Tulip Bahrain Having opened in 1975, this well-established five-star hotel offers complimentary shuttles to the city’s nearby souqs, and is just a short distance away from the impressive Bahrain National Museum. A perfect location for delegates hoping to explore more of the city, the venue also boasts 10 meeting rooms capable of hosting everything from small board meetings to well attended conferences. Each room has all the latest technology; with Gilgamesh the most versatile space able to adjust from a boardroom capable of hosting 80 people, to a theatre accommodating 655 guests. Contact: +973 17 535000 / goldentulipbahrain.com

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ART Rotana A modern property looking out over the picturesque Amwaj Islands, this luxurious hotel is just a short distance from the charming district of Muharraq with its ancient settlements and historic homes. The property also features a host of modern facilities, including eight fully equipped and flexible meeting rooms. It can also accommodate large conferences and exhibitions thanks to the 1,128 square-metre Thuraya Ballroom for up to 900 guests for a banquet, and 1,400 when transformed into a theatre. The meeting facilities all have the latest technology, with support provided for sound, lighting and projection systems. Contact: +973 16000111 / rotana.com

The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa A long-time favourite among the business community thanks to the state-ofthe-art facilities, this hotel also offers easy access to the vibrant artsy quarter of Adliya. With its wealth of art galleries and high-end restaurants, the district is well worth exploring. However, it is the 29 rooms and more than 4,780 square metres of convention space that makes this venue stand out. Priding itself on being able to cater to every need, it can host private meetings, conferences or exhibitions and can accommodate 3,000 guests. Taking pride of place is the Al Dana Hall, which comes equipped with a main ballroom floor area that can hold 1,260 people for an elegant banquet. The venue also offers an impressive banqueting service and has both indoor and outdoor space. Contact: +973 17 713000 / gulfhotelbahrain.com

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Bahrain’s vibrant hospitality scene provides ample choice when it comes to hotel venues. Here’s our selection of the best, with details on all they have to offer

01:  The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa 02:  Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa 03:  The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

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Al Areen Palace & Spa

PO Box 75055, Building 2046, Road No. 6232, Block 1062, near Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park, Sakhir, Bahrain +973 17845000 | alareen@alareenpalace.com | alareenpalace.com

Total number of guest rooms: 78 Disabled facilities: Y Location: Sakhir Distance to airports: Bahrain International Airport, 44 kilometres Leisure highlights: Boasting the largest spa in Bahrain, at 10,000 square metres, this is also the closest hotel to Bahrain International Circuit. Unique villa properties with individual private pools and Jacuzzis, make this a stunning destination. F&B facilities:

• Keizo (Asian) • Saffron (Indian & Khaleeji) • Rimal (International All-Day Dining)

MEETING ROOMS Pre Function Area

Area (sqm)

Ceiling height (m)

Reception

Theatre

Banquet

Cocktail

Classroom

U-Shape

Boardroom

496 6.3 400 - 200 200 - - -

Nadwah

392 6.3 390 506 350 350 352 80 80

Nadwah I & II

256 6.3 260 330 200 200 224 60 50

Nadwah I

128 6.3 130 143 100 100 96 40 40

Nadwah II

128 6.3 130 143 100 100 96 40 40

Nadwah III

128 6.3 130 143 100 100 96 40 40

Al Maha I & II

120 6.3 120 60 80 80 40 30 40

Al Maha I

60 6.3 60 20 30 30 15 10 12

Al Maha II

60 6.3 60 20 30 30 15 10 12

Hawar Al Qasr Tent

60 6.3 - - 12 - - - 12 900 - 600 - 500 800 400 -

WHY THIS HOTEL? Al Areen Palace & Spa features 78 luxuriously appointed pool villas that impressively showcase mesmerising Arabian charm and sophisticated elegance. Each villa features an open-air heated swimming pool and jet-pool, a sprawling master bedroom and en-suite facilities that include an oversized infinity bathtub.

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ART Rotana, Amwaj Islands, Bahrain PO Box 50949, Building 2780, Road 5722, Block 257, Amwaj Islands, Bahrain +973 16000111 | art.hotel@rotana.com | rotana.com/artrotana

Total number of guest rooms: 311 Number of suites: 26 Disabled facilities: Y Location: Amwaj Distance to airports: Bahrain International Airport, 7 kilometres Leisure highlights: 311 Rooms all with sea views. Pristine sandy beach with private lagoon. Three swimming pools, one of which is for adults only. Wide variety of watersports available. Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club. Situated adjacent to Amwaj Marina. F&B facilities: • Wu Asian Restaurant and Lounge (East Asian Cuisine) • Flames Steak and Seafood (Fine Dining) • Rosso (Family friendly Italian) • Choices (All-day dining, buffet and a La carte) • Cellar 59 (Tapas and Bar/ Lounge) • The Gallery, Lobby Lounge (Cafe) • Patisserie ART (Fine Pastries and Cakes) • Club Rotana (Club Member Lounge)

WHY THIS HOTEL? MEETING ROOMS

Area (sqm)

Ceiling height (m)

Reception

Theatre

Banquet

Cocktail

Classroom

U-Shape

Boardroom

Thuraya Ballroom

1128 5.8 1800 1400 900

Thuraya 1

407 5.8 600 420 300 - 310 45 60

Thuraya A

94 5.8 160 120 80 - 90 20 28

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930 180 165

Thuraya B

97 5.8 160 140 80 - 90 20 28

Thuraya C

95 5.8 160 120 80 - 90 20 28

Thuraya 2

427 5.8 600 420 300 - 310 45 60

Thuraya 3

407 5.8 600 420 300 - 310 45 60

Meeting Plus 8

117 2.7 - - - - - 24 -

Meeting Plus 7

73 3 - - - - - - 16

Meeting Plus 6

41 2.9 - - - - - - 16

Meeting Plus 5

48 3 - 42 - - 20 12 16

Meeting Plus 4

73 3 - 56 - - 28 20 24

Meeting Plus 3

24 3 - - - - - - 12

Meeting Plus 2

11 2.7 4 - - - - - -

ART Rotana boasts the most advanced meeting facilities on the island. Eight modern meeting rooms and the stunning Thuraya ballroom, which has a capacity of 1,400, plus the unique opportunity to have your gala dinner or function around the stunning dancing fountain which seats 1,800. Outside of meetings, you can bond with fun teambuilding activities, relax on white sandy beach or by one of three swimming pools, try watersports activities, rejuvenate at the spa and enjoy award-winning dining at our various restaurants.

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Crowne Plaza Bahrain

PO Box 5831, Building 17, Road 1701, Block 317, Diplomatic Area, Bahrain +973 17531122 | info.cpbahrain@ihg.com | crowneplaza.com/manama

Total number of guest rooms: 278 Number of suites: 17 Disabled facilities: Y Location: Diplomatic Area Distance to airports: Bahrain International Airport, 8 kilometres Leisure highlights: Placed right in the heart of Bahrain’s business district and yet just a stone’s throw away from major shopping areas, the souk and popular tourist attractions. Our Bfit fitness centre has a fully equipped gym, sauna, swimming pool, outdoor and massage theraphy room. F&B facilities:

• La Mosaique Restaurant (International all-day dining restaurant) • Waves Seafood Restaurant serving Bahrain’s finest seafood for lunch and dinner • Spices Indian Restaurant (fresh flavorful experience from subcontinent) • Harvesters Pub - (perfect place to meet up after work with friends) • Tracks Sports Bar - (for those taking sports seriously)

WHY THIS HOTEL? MEETING ROOMS Banquet hall (Total)

Area (sqm)

Ceiling height (m) Reception

1196 7.2

Theatre

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Cocktail

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143.75 7.2

Banquet hall B

143.75 7.2

Banquet hall C

391 7.2

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Banquet hall D

571.5 7.2

Pre-function Area

269.7 3.4 - - - 100 - - -

Boardroom 1

110.25 3

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Boardroom 2

157.5 3

- 70 60 60 50 35 30

Boardroom 3

110.25 3

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Meeting Room 4

22.5 2.9 - 15 - - - - 8

Meeting Room 5

22.5 2.9 - 15 - - - - 8

Meeting Room 6

47.25 2.9 - 30 - - 20 15 20

Meeting Room 7

47.25 2.9 - 30 - - 20 15 20

Meeting Room 8

23.4 2.9 - 15 - - - - 8

Crowne Plaza Bahrain is perfectly placed in the heart of the diplomatic area, close to the business and banking districts. Just 15 minutes from Bahrain International Airport, Crowne Plaza Bahrain offers rooms that are fresh and contemporary. Unique to Crowne Plaza, the Sleep Advantage programme offers luxurious bedding, aromatherapy and a wake-up call. The Bahrain Conference Centre attached to the hotel complex, is a leading venue for seminars and exhibitions, catering to more than 2,000 delegates.

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Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay PO Box 1669, Road 4612, Block 346, Building 555, Manama, Bahrain | +973 17115000 reservations.bah@fourseasons.com | fourseasons.com/bahrain

Total number of guest rooms: 273 Number of suites: 57 Disabled facilities: Y Location: Bahrain Bay Distance to airports: Bahrain International Airport, 11 kilometers. Leisure highlights: The expansive spa includes women-only and unisex facilities, 17 spacious spa treatment rooms and a couple’s room. There are two 24-hour fitness centres and five swimming experiences: the Spa’s indoor lap pool, two resort pools, a kids’ pool and a white sandy beach. F&B facilities: • CUT by Wolfgang Puck (first class steak restaurant) • re/ Asian Cuisine by Wolfgang Puck (Asian fusion experience) • Bahrain Bay Kitchen (international restaurant / brunch) • Vento (Italian) • Bay View Lounge (light international fare or afternoon tea) • Blue Moon Lounge by Wolfgang Puck (inventive bar) • CUT Bar & Lounge

WHY THIS HOTEL?

MEETING ROOMS

Area (sqm)

Ceiling height (m)

Reception

Theatre

Banquet

Cocktail

Classroom

U-Shape

Boardroom

Al Bahrain Ballroom

923 10 900 750 600 - 450 165 190

Al Manama Ballroom

420 8.2 400 450 300 - 200 100 150

The Terrace

514 - 400 - 250 - - - -

The Lawn

500 - 400 - 250 - - - -

Business Concierge

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Sky I

71 4.2 40 40 40-50 - 28-30 20

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Sky II

71 4.2 40 40 40-50 - 28-30 20

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Sky III

68 4.2 40 40 40-50 - 28-30 20

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Sky IV

72 3.9 45 45 60 - 30 28 30

Sky I + II

148 4.2 80 70-80 90

Boardroom 50

57 4.2 - - - - - - 13

Boardroom 51

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Unparalleled in its design, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay rises 68 storeys on a five-hectare private island, accessed by causeway, boat or water taxi. 273 extra-spacious hotel guest rooms include 57 suites which all present sweeping views of the Manama skyline or the Arabian Gulf. Discover seven options for indoor or outdoor dining and drinks, including two signature restaurants and a lounge by Wolfgang Puck. Heighten your relaxation with five swimming experiences as well as a light and airy spa with an array of unisex and women’s-only amenities – all creating Bahrain’s best luxury resort destination.

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Golden Tulip Bahrain Hotel PO Box 1090, Old Palace Road, Diplomatic Area, Manama, Bahrain | +973 17535000 info@goldentulipbahrain.com | goldentulipbahrain.com

Total number of guestrooms: 250 Number of suites: 15 Disabled facilities: Y Location: Manama Distance to airports: Bahrain International Airport, 8 kilometres. Leisure highlights: Meeting rooms with all of the latest equipment; health club, gym and spa; outdoor swimming pool; executive lounge and business centre F&B facilities: • Al Wasmeyyah Restaurant (International cuisine, open 24 hours) • Kei Japanese Restaurant (Japanese cuisine) • Mawal Restaurant (Lebanese cuisine) • Platinum Night Club • Cavalry Club Sports Bar (Pub / Bar British style)

MEETING ROOMS

WHY THIS HOTEL? Area (sqm)

Ceiling height (m)

Reception

Theatre

Banquet

Cocktail

Classroom

U-Shape

Boardroom

Gighamesh Ballroom

412 4.3 300 400 300 250 140 90 100

Gilgamesh - A

291 4.3 200 300 240 175 80 60 50

Gilgamesh - B

92 4.3 70 100 60 75 30 30 30

Umm Nassan

53 2.75 20 18 20 20 12 12 12

Al Ghazal

36 2.75 15 12 12 12 12 8 8

Dilmun Hall

127 2.3 70 60 60 70 40 30 24

The Library

55 2.5 - 18 - - 12 14 14

Manama

85 3.5 30 30 30 30 26 22 24

Boardroom 616

16 3 14 22 16 16 12 14 14

Boardroom 716

16 3 14 22 16 16 12 14 14

Golden Tulip Bahrain Hotel is ideally located on the edge of the Diplomatic Area and commercial districts of Manama. It is within walking distance of the famous Bab Al Bahrain and is eight kilometres from Bahrain International Airport. The property encompasses a mix of 250 standard, deluxe and suite rooms, as well as an array of food and beverage outlets and 24-hour room service.

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GOLDEN TULIP HOTEL BAHRAIN Golden Tulip Bahrain Hotel, a -5Star, is strategically located on the Old Palace Road facing the World Trade Centre, on the edge of the diplomatic and commercial areas of Manama. The property is just a walking distance from “Bab Al Bahrain” souk, as well as the famous Exhibition Road and only 8 kms from Bahrain International Airport. The property encompasses 250 rooms with a mix of Standard, De Luxe and Suite rooms as well as an array of food and beverage outlets to include: Al Wasmeyyah Restaurant serving international breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet or A La Carte, KEI Japanese Restaurant, Mawal Lebanese Restaurant, the Platinum Night Club, C Club Bar; 24 hours room service, and Fitness Centre/Health Club.

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InterContinental Regency Bahrain PO Box 777, King Faisal Highway, Manama, Bahrain +973 17227777 | info.icbahrain@ihg.com | intercontinental.com/manama

Total number of guest rooms: 321 Number of suites: 33 Disabled facilities: Y Location: Manama Distance to airports: Bahrain International Airport, 10 kilometres. Leisure highlights: Spa amenities include a sauna and steam baths, while spa treatments include body scrubs, body wraps, facials, foot baths, foot reflexology, manicures and pedicures, neck reflexology and paraffin hand treatments. F&B facilities: • Legendz Steakhouse (premium cuts of steak) • Medzo (Italian) • Selections (International all-day dining) • Elements Pool & Lounge (tapas) • Downtown (bar serving Tex-Mex cuisine) • Noor Lounge (lobby lounge)

WHY THIS HOTEL? MEETING ROOMS Al Rifaa Ballroom

Area (sqm)

Ceiling height (m)

Reception

Theatre

Banquet

Cocktail

Classroom

U-Shape

Boardroom

528 6.2 600 450 350 600 250 120 120

Al Rifaa North

151 6.2 100 100 100 100 60 30 30

Al Rifaa Central

241 6.2 250 150 150 250 80 50 50

Al Rifaa South

135 3.1 60 60 60 60 40 40 40

Ambassador

246 3.17 180 220 120 180 120 50 50

Executive Room I

32 2.35 25 30 24 25 20 15 15

Executive Room II

30 2.35 25 30 24 25 20 12 12

Executive Room III

94 3 80 60 50 80 35 30 30

Business I

87 2.9 100 70 50 100 40 40 40

Business II

27 3 25 - - 25 - 10 10

Business III

30 3 25 - - 25 - 10 10

Al Thurayya I

580 3.57 500 700 350 500 200 80 80

Al Thurayya II

220 3.57 150 200 150 150 100 40 40

Boardroom 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Stunning modern design meets timeless hospitality at this luxury hotel, an iconic destination in Manama. Wake up in a spacious room to views across Bahrain Financial Harbour, a five-minute stroll away. Buy spices at Manama Souq or browse upscale brands at Bahrain City Centre, a 10-minute drive along the highway. Indulge in a SPA InterContinental experience or savour the variety of international dishes prepared by our talented chefs. Our friendly, knowledgeable team will make your stay a memorable one.

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Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain PO Box 17007, Building 56, Avenue 38, Block 428, Al Seef District, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain +973 7770 7070 | jrsb.info@jumeirah.com | jumeirah.com/jumeirahroyalsaray

Total number of guest rooms: 174 Number of suites: 7 Disabled facilities: Y Location: Seef, Manama Leisure highlights: Bahrain perfectly balances its rich heritage with an inspirational vision of the future. A stay at Jumeirah Royal Saray will take guests from ancient settlements and forts, colourful bazaars and high-end shopping malls, to food loving havens, pristine beaches and desert adventures. This perfect blend of history, tradition and modern culture is why travellers across the world increasingly choose Bahrain as a new destination. It aspires to attract 15 million visitors in 2018.

WHY THIS HOTEL? Jumeirah’s very first hotel in the Kingdom of Bahrain unveils a new wave of luxury in Manama, the nation’s capital. Jumeirah Royal Saray is a bespoke resort created with materials handpicked from all over the world. The epitome of the city’s positioning as an important trading port over the centuries, linking the East and the West.

F&B facilities: • The Palm Lounge • Al Hadiqa Pool Cabanas • Play

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Le Meridien City Centre Bahrain PO Box 18394, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Highway, Manama, Bahrain +973 17171000 | info.bahrainhotels@marriott.com | lemeridienbahraincitycentre.com

Total number of guestrooms: 260 Number of suites: 39 Disabled facilities: Y Location: Al Seef District Distance to airports: Bahrain International Airport, 12 kilometres. Leisure highlights: Le Meridien is attached to City Centre Bahrain the nation’s most popular retail and leisure destination with more than 340 retail stores, as well as a 20-screen Cineplex and Wahooo!, an indoor and outdoor waterpark. The hotel is home to Baharat restaurant where guests can enjoy regional cuisine, themed dinner nights and the award winning sparkling brunch, while surrounded by specially curated art. F&B facilities: • Baharat (Middle Eastern Indian fusion cuisine, international buffet, signature breakfast, and an award winning brunch) • Bizarre Lounge (serving a light menu and selected beverages) • Longitude 50 (café-style menu including, salads, sandwiches and eclairs) • In room dining

WHY THIS HOTEL?

MEETING ROOMS

Area (sqm)

Ceiling height (m)

Reception

Theatre

Banquet

Cocktail

Classroom

U-Shape

Boardroom

Dana

113 3.8 100 80 60 100 36 24 28

Dana 1

56 3.8 40 30 30 40 14 12 10

Dana 2

56 3.8 40 30 30 40 18 14 10

Boardroom

34 3.8 - - - - - 9 10

Hasbah

87 3.8 40 40 40 40 30 18 16

Gmashah

65 3.8 20 30 24 20 18 12 12

Naqwah

66 3.8 20 30 24 20 18 12 12

Raas

66 3.8 20 30 24 20 18 12 12

The contemporary design of the hotel celebrates the island’s revival of the prestigious Le Meridien brand. Attached to City Centre Bahrain, a shopper’s paradise, the hotel features timeless touches that pay homage to its Parisian heritage, while featuring inspired artwork as a nod to the local destination across 260 rooms and suites. The hotel is suitable for business, leisure, and families. It is a 15-minute drive from Bahrain International Airport, and Dammam is a short drive along the King Fahd causeway.

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Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain

PO Box 24009, Muharraq, 143 Road 2403, Al Muharraq, 199 Manama, Bahrain +973 17460000 | hotel.bahrain.events@movenpick.com | movenpick-hotels.com/bahrain

Total number of guestrooms: 106 Number of suites: 10 Disabled facilities: Y Distance to airport: 1 kilometre Leisure highlights: Rimal Spa and The Health Club features free form 576 square-metre infinity pool, where one can unwind with a refreshing swim or relax on soft sunbeds. Our spacious and air-conditioned gym is fully kitted out with the latest equipment, offers endurance and cardiovascular machines, complemented by free weights and stretching zones. For extra pampering, experience the Rimal Spa journey, a European Spa with an Arab influence, providing results-driven treatments - exclusively available in the region for our guests. F&B facilities: • Silk’s Restaurant (Asian, Middle Eastern and Continental) • Flamingo Bar (trendy nightspot) • The Gallery Lobby Lounge (serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, snacks and refreshments) • Palms Bar and Cafe (light snacks)

WHY THIS HOTEL?

MEETING ROOMS

Area (sqm)

Ceiling height (m)

Reception

Theatre

Banquet

Cocktail

Classroom

U-Shape

Boardroom

Main Pre-Function

240 4.5 - - - 400 - - -

Al Murjan Ballroom

460 4.7

Ballroom I

153 4.7 - 120 60 120 60 35 -

Ballroom II

153 4.7 - 120 60 120 60 35 -

Ballroom III

153 4.7 - 120 60 120 60 35 -

Tawash Meeting Room

- 500 300 800 300 150 -

81 2.5 - 50 30 - 20 18 20

Hairat Boardroom

38.3 3.3 - - - - - - 12

Pearl Boardroom

50.7 2.5 - - - - - - 15

Gawwas Boardroom

31.2 2.5 - - - - - - 10

The Movenpick Hotel Bahrain is an award-winning five star property, situated across from Bahrain International Airport and boasts magnificent views and sprawling lagoons. It is less than 15 minutes drive from Manama’s business centre and is ideal for both business and leisure. At the Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain, contemporary architecture and interiors coupled with the latest ideal facilities and services, perfectly blend with Arabian traditions plus a touch of Swiss hospitality makes all the difference.

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Convenient yet, classic comforts – now closer than you can imagine. Enjoy a memorable stay at Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain – recipient of multiple awards, including Middle East’s Best Airport Hotel by Skytrax - 2018, Bahrain’s Favourite Friday Brunch, additionally Best Sustainable Hotel - 2015. Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain is conveniently located only 2 minutes away from Bahrain International Airport. Discover its contemporary architecture and award-winning dining experiences and delight in an unforgettable experience, as Arabian traditions meet Swiss hospitality – come witness the difference.

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Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa PO Box 11538,Building 999, Road 2183, Block 428 Manama, Bahrain +973 17111999 | reservation@rameegrandbahrain.com | rameegrandbahrain.com

Total number of guest rooms: 166 Number of suites: 30 Disabled facilities: Y Location: Manama Distance to airports: Bahrain International Airport, 15 kilometres. Leisure highlights: Infinity swimming pool; Fitness Centre; Spa; Club Lounge F&B facilities: • Lemon Tree (International buffet, Friday family brunch, Thursday Asian Theme night) • Ruka (luxury Japanese lounge) • Rasoi (Indian cuisine with live Ghazals) • Ibrida (nightclub) • Pool Bar (outdoor bar) • Red Lion (sports lounge) • Rialto (fine dining Italian restaurant) • Serai (Arabic restaurant)

MEETING ROOMS Acacia

Area (sqm)

Ceiling height (m)

Reception

Theatre

Banquet

Cocktail

Classroom

U-Shape

Boardroom

390 2.7 250 400 220 200 220 60 -

Pre-function

78 2.7 40 30 30 30 20 20 20

Lobby

44 2.7 25 - - - - - -

Palmyra

48 2.7 20 30 -

Grover 1

50 2.7 20 30 15 15 18 10 10

- 18 10 10

Oak 1

47 2.7 20 30 12 12 18 10 10

Grover 2

35 2.7 20 25 15 15 18 10 10

Oak 2

33 2.7 20 25 15 15 15 10 10

Grover

85 2.7 40 50 30 30 30 24 24

Oak

83 2.7 40 50 30 30 30 24 24

Palmyra-Grover-Oak

145 2.7 60 70 50 50 50 36 36

Grover 1 & Oak 1

97 2.7 40 50 30 30 30 24 24

Grover 2 & Oak 2

68 2.7 30 40 25 25 30 24 24

Full Space

728 2.7 700 700 600 450 -

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WHY THIS HOTEL? Located in the business district of Seef, just a few minutes walk or drive from Seef Mall, the hotel is also close to Bahrain City Centre, all major shopping centres and local attractions, and is only 15 minutes from Bahrain International Airport. Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa offers a fivestar experience whether travelling on business or simply for a weekend shopping spree.

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Sheraton Bahrain Hotel PO Box 30, 6 Palace Avenue, Bahrain | +973 17533533 reservations.manama.bahrain@sheraton.com | sheratonbahrain.com

Total number of guest rooms: 219 Number of suites: 37 Disabled facilities: Y Location: Manama Distance to airports: Bahrain International Airport, 7 kilometres. Leisure highlights: A relaxing, upscale space, the Club Lounge offers complimentary breakfast, afternoon hors d’Oeuvres and a variety of beverage options. Sheraton Fitness provides extensive fitness and recreational facilities while top strength and cardio equipment is available at the gym. Also available are spa services, a rooftop tennis court, swimming pool and temperature controlled outdoor Jacuzzi. F&B facilities: • Al Safir Restaurant (International) • Golestan Restaurant (Iranian) • Soie Restaurant (Chinese) • Espressamente Illy Cafe (Italian) • An Nada Lounge (Special beverages)

WHY THIS HOTEL? MEETING ROOMS

Area (sqm)

Ceiling height (m)

Reception

Theatre

Banquet

Cocktail

Classroom

U-Shape

Boardroom

Al Taj Ballroom A

220 4.48 150 150 200 - 100 48 54

Al Taj Ballroom B

340 4.48 250 250 350

Al Taj Ballroom A&B

560 4.48 500 400 450 - 294 102 108

Awali Ballroom

280 4.48 150 150 200 - 120 48 54

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168 54 54

Budeya Meeting Room

50 3.3 - 30 - - 15 14 15

Zallaq Meeting Room

90 3.3 50 70 50 - 48 24 24

Sakhir Meeting Room

50 3.3 - 30 - - 15 14 15

Iwan Meeting Room

221 3.7 100 90 100 - 60 34 36

Manama Meeting Room

50 2.5 - 30 - - 18 15 15

Les Palmes Meeting Room

100 3 48 60 60 - 48 36 30

Les Palmes Break-out Room

25 3 - 15 - - 12 6 8

Suite 140

33 2.5 - - - - - - 14

Suite 101

33 2.5 - - - - - - 14

Bahrain Hotel offers a place to relax with 219 guest rooms and 37 suites equipped with Sweet Sleeper Beds, a place to connect at the Link@Sheraton, a relaxing space at the Club Lounge with complimentary breakfast, afternoon light bites and high-speed internet access. Sheraton Fitness aims to keep you fit and healthy while there’s also an outdoor swimming pool, recreational facilities, choice of five restaurants, meeting facilities for up to 450 people and a beautiful wedding venue for up to 600 guests.

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Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa PO Box 5554, 105 Zallaq Highway, Building 2015, Block 1055, Zallaq, Bahrain +973 17636363 | H6722@sofitel.com | sofitelbahrain.com/6722

Total number of guestrooms: 262 Number of suites: 28 Disabled facilities: N Location: Zallaq Distance to airports: Bahrain International Airport, 32 kilometres. Leisure highlights: The Bahrain Pearl’s thalassotherapy complex offers a vast array of seawaterbased treatments, including hydrotherapy, massage and wellness. Amenities include a concierge porter, free WiFi, babysitting, fitness centre, tennis courts, 24-hour room service, La Plage Beach Club, Kids Club and glass-backed squash courts. F&B facilities: • Rivaaj (authentic Indian cuisine) • La Mer (seafood) • Fiamma (Italian specialities) • Tapas Bar (Spanish bites) • Pashawat (Lebanese)

WHY THIS HOTEL?

MEETING ROOMS

Area (sqm)

Ceiling height (m)

Reception

Theatre

Banquet

Cocktail

Classroom

U-Shape

Boardroom

Al Nakheel

1080 6

- 1000 600 1200 500 165 132

Sukkary Ballroom

360 6

- 250 150 250 100 60 72

Salmi Ballroom

360 6

- 250 150 250 100 60 72

Sayer Ballroom

360 6

- 250 150 250 100 60 72

Foyer

264 6 - - - - - - -

Pre-Function Area

208 3 - - - - - - -

Majlis

49 3 - - - - - 16 -

Business Centre 1

39 3 - - - - - - 9

Business Centre 2

45.5 3 - - - - - - 12

Berhi

66 3.1 - 40 30 50 20 24 16

Sindi

77 3.1 - 50 30 50 25 34 20

Khenaizi

77 3.1 - 50 30 50 25 34 20

Alnassereyah

520

Berhi+Sindi+Khenaizi

220 3.1

3

-

300

500

-

-

-

Just like the pristine white sandy beaches for which the region is famous, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa is a haven surrounded by the clear waters of the Arabian Gulf. Its natural shape, forming an arc, is reminiscent of the sea shells that can be found during a stroll along the shoreline. Each of the hotel’s 262 rooms boasts cutting-edge technology and a private balcony with sea views. The meeting rooms and banquet facilities can accommodate up to 1,000 people and feature top-of-the-range audio visual equipment. The vast ballroom alone, which covers 1,100 square metres, can seat more than 700 guests.

- 120 100 220 60 80 50

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The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa PO Box 5243,Building 59, Road 1701, Block 317, Manama, Bahrain | +973 17531666 info.diplomat@radissonblu.com | radissonblu.com/diplomathotel-bahrain

Total number of guestrooms: 367 Number of suites: 141 Disabled facilities: Y Location: Manama Distance to airports: Bahrain International Airport, 8 kilometres. Leisure highlights: The Diplomat Spa is a sanctuary of peace within the vibrant business heart of the city. Our international therapists specialise in a variety of spa services including massages and body treatments incorporating ancient Asian techniques. Two outdoor pools in a tropical setting are suitable for all ages and there is an indoor pool for ladies only. The fully equipped gym has extensive aerobic equipment, as well as steam and sauna facilities. There are also squash courts, racketball courts, a tennis court and table tennis. F&B facilities: • Olivos (International buffet) • Kontiki (Asian fusion dishes) • Mondo (Italian fine dining) • Fiddlers Green (Irish pub) • Royal Café

MEETING ROOMS

Area (sqm)

Ceiling height (m)

WHY THIS HOTEL? Reception

Theatre

Banquet

Cocktail

Classroom

U-Shape

Boardroom

Al Muharraq

540 5 500 300 300 - 200 60 60

GAS 1

237 6 250 200 200 - 100 60 40

GAS 2

231 6 250 200 200 - 100 60 40

GAS 3

227 6 250 200 200 - 100 60 40

Full Ballroom

1236 6 1800 1300 900

-

600 120 120

Pre-Function Hall/Foyer

512 4 400 300 250

Al Fanar

470 4 400 300 280 - 220 80 64

- 200 60 64

Boardroom

56 4 - - - - - - 20

Al-Andalus

54 4 40 30 30 - 22 16 16

Ishbiliah

55 4 40 30 30 - 22 16 16

Ghamatha

55 4 40 30 30 - 22 16 16

Qurtoba

53 4 40 30 30 - 22 16 16

Ghamatha & Qurtoba

108 4 80 70 60 - 40 32 36

Al Hamra & Tulaitila

107 4 80 70 60 - 40 32 36

This is a sophisticated hotel in an enviable location. All rooms offer breathtaking floor-to-ceiling views of the sea and city skyline. It’s also close to Bahrain International Airport, Financial Harbour and many businesses. Meeting rooms provide individual climate control, Free High-speed Wi-Fi Internet, modern audio-visual equipment and plenty of natural light. Step into our hotel’s Zen-style spa for some relaxation, massages, facials and aroma baths. Women can enjoy their own indoor pool.

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ANNOUNCEMENT EXCITING CHANGES AS PART OF CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO ENHANCE OUR PROPERTY AND SERVICE, WE HAVE RECENTLY UPGRADED OUR FACILITIES AND HAVE AN ICONIC, STYLISH AND SOPHISTICATED HOTEL LOBBY, ALL DAY DINING OLIVOS RESTAURANT AS WELL AS ROOMS AND SUITES. NOW WE ARE READY TO SERVE YOU!

NEW FOR YOU! THE DIPLOMAT RADISSON BLU HOTEL • RESIDENCE • SPA radissonblu.com/diplomathotel-bahrain info.diplomat@radissonblu.com Manama / Diplomatic Area T: +973 17531666 MEET BAHRAIN 2018_FACT SHEET___The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel_TS.indd 67

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The Domain Hotel and Spa A member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts LVX Collection PO Box 5288, Building 363, Road 1705, Block 317, Bahrain +973 16000000 | connect@thedomainhotels.com | thedomainhotels.com

Total number of guestrooms: 131 Number of suites: 80 Disabled facilities: Y Location: Diplomatic Area Distance to airports: Bahrain International Airport, 7.2 kilometres. Leisure highlights: The Vie Lifestyle lab at The Domain is an urban wellness spa that focuses not only on relaxation and rejuvenation, but also has a revitalisation programme. Personalised massage therapies from different parts of the world are designed to soothe aches and pains, reduce muscle tension and stress using potent natural oils. Using natural plant-based, antiageing products combined with the latest cutting-edge facials, aimed to reduce wrinkles, lift and tone skin and restore a youthful glow. F&B facilities: • Domain Prive- Art Deco- esque Lounge • Txoko- Sky Lounge • Imari - Authentic Japanese Restaurant and Lounge • Le Sauvage- Meat + Fire Steakhouse • Figs and Olives -Café, Bulangerie & Patisserie • The Cigar Lounge Refined Luxury

WHY THIS HOTEL?

MEETING ROOMS

Area (sqm)

Ceiling height (m)

Reception

Theatre

Banquet

Cocktail

Classroom

U-Shape

Boardroom

Style I

60.34 -

Style II

86.42 -

- 34 50 - 36 24 15

Style III

60.34 -

- 48 30 - 27 20 15

Style I&II / II&III

146.76 -

- 112 90 - 63 33 33

Style I,II & III

207.11 -

- 160 110 - 90 40 40

Strategy

36.28 - - - - - - - 14

S.M.A.R.T. Synergy

- 48 30 - 27 20 15

16.4 - - - - - - - 4

The Domain Hotel and Spa is a luxury lifestyle hotel offering nothing less but the very best, be it for business or leisure travellers, with 51 rooms and 80 suites, featuring state of the art facilities and expansive windows offering panoramic views of the city and Bahrain Bay. As well as boasting Arabian Gulf views, all rooms and suites are masterfully laid out to include spaces for work and play while not skimping on style. The Domain Hotel and Spa offers a total of eight restaurants and lounges. This is truly a destination for fine food and fascinating culture.

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The Grove Hotel Bahrain PO Box 3208, Road 257, Block 257, Building 1722, Bahrain +973 16030303 | info@thegrovehotelbahrain.com | thegrovehotelbahrain.com

Total number of guestrooms: 202 Number of suites: 60 Disabled facilities: Y Location: Amwaj Islands Distance to airports: 10 minutes away form Bahrain International Airport Leisure highlights: A five-star hotel in the idyllic Amwaj Island, The Grove Hotel & Conference Centre has an impressive offering of luxury amenities. From elegant accommodation overlooking the Arabian Gulf to excellent outlets and banquet halls and an internationally inspired spa, it is a space that celebrates the emerging local arts scene alongside an elegant Art Deco design. F&B facilities: • All-Day Dining - Eatery (breakfast, lunch and dinner) • Pool Corner Cafe • GNG Coffee Shop • Executive Lounge

WHY THIS HOTEL?

MEETING ROOMS Al Marasim

Area (sqm)

Ceiling height (m)

Reception

Theatre

Banquet

Cocktail

Classroom

U-Shape

Boardroom

1020 - 650 500 500 650 550 120 150

Al Marasim 1

476 - 350 350 250 350 350 60 80

Al Marasim 2

544 - 300 300 200 300 200 60 80

Al Majlis

270 - 60 - - 60 - - -

Al Marsa

100 - 80 80 60 80 60 30 24

Nadwa 1

56 - - 32 - - 24 20 18

Nadwa 2

56 - - 32 - - 24 20 18

Nadwa 3

56 - - 32 - - 24 20 18

Nadwa 4

56 - - 32 - - 24 20 18

The Grove Hotel & Conference Centre features 202 stunning sea lagoon view luxury rooms and suites that are all overlooking the Bahrain coastline. The location along the islands boasts the purest and clearest of waters. Guests will be mesmerised on arrival by the classic design and luxury living which is unique in its expression and interpretation. The hotel is destined to be the choice of guests that appreciate elegance and refined qualities of life.

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The Gulf Hotel Bahrain Convention & Spa

PO Box 580, Manama Block 338, Road 3801, Bldg 11, Bahrain | +973 17713000 info@gulfhotelbahrain.com | gulfhotelbahrain.com

Total number of guest rooms: 361 Number of suites: 9 Disabled facilities: N Location: Al Qudiabiya Distance to airports: Bahrain International Airport, 8.7 kilometres. Leisure highlights: Located in the central Adliya district, overlooking the Grand Mosque and the Royal Palace, and only 15 minutes from the airport, facilities include 361 luxurious rooms and suites, a lagoon-style swimming-pool, kids’ pool, tennis courts, health club, 29 meeting rooms and The Gulf Spa F&B facilities: Al Waha (All Day Dining), Royal Thai (Thai), China Garden (Chinese), Sato (Japanese), La Pergola (Italian), Takht Jamsheed (Iranian), Rasoi By Vineet (Indian), Margarita Mexicana (Mexican), Fusions (east and west), Zahle (Lebanese). Cafés: Al Andalus Lounge, Café Délices, Palace Lounge, Water Side Café. Bars: Sherlock Holmes, Typhoon Bar, The Oak Lounge.

WHY THIS HOTEL? MEETING ROOMS

Area (sqm)

Ceiling height (m)

Reception

Theatre

Banquet

Cocktail

Classroom

U-Shape

Boardroom

Al Dana Hall (1,2,3,4,5)

1604

9

2600 2200 1500 2200 1000 200 240

Al Dana Hall (1-5) + Pre function

1934

9

3000 2300 1700 2400 1200 200 240

Al Dana 1

478 9 700 550 300 600 280 100 120

Al Dana 2

478 9 700 550 300 600 280 100 120

Al Dana 2 & 1

956 9 1400 1100 600 1400 560 200 220

Al Dana 3

238 9 349 274 149 300 139 50 77

Al Dana 4

238 9 349 274 149 300 139 50 77

Al Dana 4 & 3

478 9 700 550 300 1400 280 100 120

Al Dana 5

147 3.5 215 169 92 150 86 31 40

Al Amwaj

43 3.5 - - - - - - 14

Al Murjan 1

70 3.5 103 81 44 60 41 14 22

Al Murjan 2

66 3.5 97 76 41 60 39 14 22

Al Murjan 2 &1

136 3.5 199 156 28 120 80 32 40

Al Mahara

43 - - - - - - - 15

Lulu Suite

43 - - - - - - - 15

Awal 1

138 - 202 159 -

Awal 2

256 - 375 295 - 150 54 180 83

Awal 3

205 - 300 236 -

81 29 90 45

The Gulf Convention Centre, located in the Gulf Hotel complex, is the largest and most impressive meetings and events facility on the island. With its 29 venues, our Convention Centre offers an extended range of options that can cater to private parties, business meetings, conferences and exhibitions for up to 3,000 guests, indoor or outdoor. Combined with our high standard banqueting services and our events planning department, the hotel provides the best all-in-one meeting solutions. In addition areThe Gulf Hotels brand new Shiraa meeting rooms, consisting of four fully equipped state of the art technologies, designed to the highest specifications to host exclusive meetings in a luxurious setting.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

PO Box 55577, Building 112, Road 40, Block 428, King Mohammed VI Avenue, Bahrain +973 17580000 | bahrz.leads@ritzcarlton.com | ritzcarlton.com/bahrain

Total number of guest rooms: 245 Number of suites: 54 Disabled facilities: N Location: Seef Distance to airports: Bahrain International Airport, 12 kilometres. Leisure highlights: Located on a private island, there is also a private lagoon at this plush property. The hotel boasts a gym, spa, hammam, steam rooms, outdoor and indoor pools and Jacuzzis. F&B facilities: • La Med (international, buffet) • Nirvana (Indian) • Plums (contemporary steakhouse) • Primavera (Italian) • Thai Lounge (Pan Asian) • The Ritz Gourmet Lounge (French pastries) • La Plage (international) • Lobby Lounge (international) • Burlington Club (bar food) • Cantina Kahlo (Mexican) • Kahlo Club (Mexican bar)

MEETING ROOMS

WHY THIS HOTEL? Area (sqm)

Ceiling height (m)

Reception

Theatre

Banquet

Cocktail

Classroom

U-Shape

Boardroom

Library

60 2.7 - - - - - - 12

Boardroom 2

30 2.7 15 25 - 15 - -

Boardroom 1

58 2.3 40 36 24 40 24 24 18

14

Rotonda

141 3.5 90 90 60 90 60 35 30

Grand Foyer

895 4.8 700 - 350 700 - - -

Al Noor Ballroom

863 5.5 850 750 500 850 400 100 -

Al Ghazal C

200 5.5 180 150 90 180 80 40 30

Al Ghazal 3

230 5.5 200 180 120 200 120 51 42

Al Ghazal 2

230 5.5 200 180 120 200 120 51 42

Al Ghazal 1

280 5.5 270 200 150 270 130 40 42

Al Ghazal Ballroom

940 5.5 1000 750 550 1000 400 -

Al Khayma (Tent)

725 - 300 400 250 300 150 35 -

Croquet Lawn

-

Set within lushly landscaped gardens and sandy beaches, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain is a place where guests can immerse themselves in local culture, enjoy extraordinary cuisine from morning to night and explore the dazzling capital city of Manama. The secluded villa accommodation and exclusive Club Level are distinctive features of the city resort, adding another level of luxury to the range of extraordinary experiences The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain delivers.

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Memories are the one gift you give to yourself.

Refined elegance awaits at our 3-bedroom villas including exclusive club lounge access and luxury transportation. For reservations, call +973 17580000 or visit ritzcarlton.com/bahrain.

Starting from BD 720++ with a minimum stay requirement of two nights, offer is valid for villa bookings only through 31st December 2018, subject to availability. Rate is per room/per night, exclusive of taxes, gratuities, fees and other charges; does not apply to groups; cannot be combined with any other offer and is not applicable for Rewards redemption. Advanced reservations are required. No refund or credit for unused portion. Void where prohibited. Š2018 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.

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STAY | HOTEL VENUES

H H H H H

The Westin City Centre Bahrain PO Box 18394, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Highway Manama, Bahrain +973 17171000 | info.bahrainhotels@marriott.com | westinbahraincitycentre.com

Total number of guestrooms: 200 Number of suites: 40 Disabled facilities: Y Location: Al Seef District Distance to airports: Bahrain International Airport, 12 kilometres. Leisure highlights: The Westin is attached to City Centre Bahrain the nation’s most popular retail and leisure destination with more than 340 retail stores, as well as a 20-screen Cineplex and Wahooo!, an indoor and outdoor waterpark. One of the two entrances leads directly to the mall’s ground floor. The hotel boasts the largest Turkish Hammam on the island, as well as 10 treatment rooms and a dedicated couple’s suite, at the Heavenly Spa by Westin. There’s also a relaxing outdoor infinity pool. F&B facilities: • Furn Bistro & Bakery (Khaleeji Cuisine with Western twist) • Boudoir (an Art Deco style lounge serving light menu and beverages) • Mezzanine Lounge (chic and cozy lounge pastries, cakes and coffee) • Nasmat (poolside lounge) • In-room dining

WHY THIS HOTEL? MEETING ROOMS

Area (sqm)

Ceiling height (m)

Reception

Theatre

Banquet

Cocktail

Classroom

U-Shape

Boardroom

Noble

178 3.8 150 150 80 150 70 35 40

Noble & Regent

259 3.8 200 - 110 200 - - -

Regent

80 3.8 30 30 30 30 20 12 14

Royal

80 3.8 30 30 30 30 20 12 14

Tycoon

74 3.8 30 30 30 30 24 14 14

Royal and Tycoon

154 3.8 80 80 70 80 40 30 24

Czar & Czar Lounge

28 3.6 - - - - - - 6

Marquise & Lounge

34 3.6 - - - - - - 6

Boardroom

74 3.8 - - - - - - 16

Foyer

61 3.8 - - - - - - -

Ideally located at the heart of Manama, The Westin City Centre Bahrain is the first ever Westin hotel to grace the island. Thoughtfully devised with a host of novel and innovative facilities that include the city’s first Heavenly Spa by Westin, and WestinWORKOUT fitness studio. Guests can enjoy the unique Westin feel-good promise when staying for business or leisure, across all aspects of the hotel.

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STAY | HOTEL VENUES

H H H H H

Wyndham Grand Manama PO Box 17224, Building 450, Road 4611, Block 346, Manama Seafront +973 17116116 | bahrain@wyndham.com | wyndhamgrandmanama.com

Total number of guestrooms: 263 Number of suites: 106 Disabled facilities: Y Location: Bahrain Bay Distance to airport: 7 kilometres Leisure highlights: Leisure facilities include our state-of-the-art Six Senses Spa, children’s play areas and separate health clubs for men and women. The hotel also has two swimming pools - one infinity adults only pool and one family pool with kids’ play area. F&B facilities: • Atmosphere (All-Day dining) • The Deck Pool Lounge • Durrah Lobby Lounge

MEETING ROOMS

WHY THIS HOTEL? Area (sqm)

Ceiling height (m)

Reception

Theatre

Banquet

Cocktail

Classroom

U-Shape

Boardroom

Al Masa

76 3.0 - 30 20 30 20 12 12

Ruby

124 3.1 - 80 50 70 40 24 20

Fairuz

95 3.1 - 40 30 35 30 20 18

Zumurrod

105 3.1 - 40 30 40 30 22 18

Jawharah

127 3.1 - 60 50 60 36 26 22

Ruby + Fairuz

219 3.1 - 120 80 100 60 46 40

Ruby + Fairuz + Zumurrod

324 3.1 - 140 130 160 110 60 50

Combined

451 3.1

Lulu

95 2.7 - 40 30 40 30 26 24

- 220 180 250 160 80 70

Jumanah

125 2.7 - 80 50 80 40 30 24

Danah

145 2.7 - 100 120 150 60 30 36

Jumanah + Danah

270 2.7 - 140 140 200 80 40 36

Combined

365 2.7

Bateel Ballroom

579 12.0 - 350 310 400 20 64 60

West Wing 1

230 7.1

East Wing 1

223 7.1 - 140 90 140 70 32 28

- 120 160 220 100 40 36 - 150 100 150 80 36 32

West Wing 2

216 5.8 - 130 80 130 60 26 24

East Wing 2

210 5.8 - 130 80 120 60 24 20

Offering sweeping, unbroken 360 degree views of the Kingdom of Bahrain, The Wyndham Grand Manama is not only one of the best hotels in Bahrain, but a gravity-defying vertical city. With stunning views, breathtaking design and excellent facilities, this ambitious development offers guests an amazing experience at the heart of Bahrain’s modern capital. Exceptional 5-star luxury accommodation will delight guests of all tastes, while our leisure, business and events facilities are truly world class. Perfectly situated in the Bahrain Bay area, the building is a startling feat of wonder providing a memorable stay for discerning guests.

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AL AREEN PALACE & SPA PO Box 75055, Juffair, Manama +973 17845000 | alareen@alareenpalace.com | alareenpalace.com

Fitness centre (Y/N)

Beachfront (Y/N)

Swimming pool/s (Y/N)

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Total no. of meeting rooms

Total meeting space (sqm)

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Total number of guestrooms

Distance from airport (km)

Location: resort/city

STAY | LISTINGS

HHHHH (see advertisement on page 43)

R 50 - 78 Y Y Y 2,000 10 400 Y Y 600 Y Y Y 4 Y - Y N Y

ART ROTANA, AMWAJ ISLANDS, BAHRAIN PO Box 50949, Building 2780, Road 5722, Block 257, Amwaj Islands +973 16000111 | art.hotel@rotana.com | rotana.com/artrotana R 10 311 26 Y

HHHHH (see advertisement on page 45)

Y Y 3,053 15 1,400 Y - - N Y Y 8 Y 1 Y Y Y

AL SAFIR HOTEL & TOWER

HHHH

PO Box 55222, Bldg 670, Block 324, Road 2411, Al Fateh, Manama +973 17827999 | reservation@alsafirhotel.com | alsafirhotel.com C 10 200 47 Y

Y Y 155 3 55 Y Y 50 Y Y Y 5 Y 1 Y N Y

CROWNE PLAZA BAHRAIN PO Box 5831, Building 17, Road 1701, Block 317, Diplomatic Area +973 17531122 | info.cpbahrain@ihg.com | crowneplaza.com/manama

HHHHH (see advertisement on page 47)

BAHRAIN

C 8 279 7 Y Y Y 1,833 9 1,700 Y Y 300 Y N Y 3 N 1 Y N Y

DOWNTOWN ROTANA

HHHH

PO Box 18345, Building 127, Road 383 , Block 304, Manama +973 13119999 | downtown.hotel@rotana.com | rotana.com C 8 242 8 Y Y Y 1,250 7 380 Y Y 300 Y Y Y 4 Y 1 Y N Y

ELITE CRYSTAL HOTEL

HHHH

PO Box 11180, Building 1373, Road 2423, Block 324, Juffair, Manama +973 17360360 | cro@elitegrouphotels.com | elitegrouphotels.com C 11 - 120 Y Y Y 150 2 90 Y Y 100 Y Y Y 3 Y 1 Y N Y

ELITE GRANDE HOTEL

HHHH

PO Box 5458, Building 3378, Road 2845, Area 428, Seef District +973 17565888 | cro@elitegrouphotels.com | elitegrouphotels.com C 15 - 128 Y Y Y 275 3 100 Y Y 75 Y Y Y 3 Y 1 Y N Y

ELITE RESORT & SPA

HHHH

PO Box 24872, Building 101, Road 388, Sheikh Hamad Causeway, 199 Manama +973 1731333 | cro@elitegrouphotels.com | elitegrouphotels.com R 6

- 154 Y Y Y 1,075 4 500 Y Y 180 Y Y Y 3 Y 1 Y N Y

ELITE SEEF RESIDENCE & HOTEL

HHHH

PO Box 18262, Building 600, Road 2808, Area 324, Seef +973 17583388 | cro@elitegrouphotels.com | elitegrouphotels.com C 15 - 194 Y Y Y 102 2 60 Y Y 220 Y Y Y 2 Y 1 Y N Y

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PO Box 1669, Building 555 Road 4612, Block 346, Manama +973 17115000 | reservations.bah@fourseasons.com | fourseasons.com/bahrain

Fitness centre (Y/N)

Beachfront (Y/N)

Swimming pool/s (Y/N)

Total no. of cafÂŽs

Spa (Y/N)

Total no. of restaurants

Business Centre (Y/N)

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Outdoor space available (Y/N)

Conference equipment (Y/N)

Capacity of largest meeting room

Total no. of meeting rooms

Total meeting space (sqm)

In-room internet access (Y/N)

Disabled facilities (Y/N)

Group check-in (Y/N)

Number of suites/villas

Total number of guestrooms

Distance from airport (km)

Location: resort/city

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAHRAIN BAY

HHHHH (see advertisement on page 49)

R 11 273 57 Y Y Y 3,272 8 900 Y Y 800 Y Y Y 7 Y 1 Y Y Y

HHHHH

GOLDEN TULIP BAHRAIN HOTEL PO Box 1090, Old Palace Road, Diplomatic Area, Manama +973 17535000 | info@goldentulipbahrain.com | goldentulipbahrain.com

(see advertisement on page 51)

C 8 250 15 Y Y Y 1,183 10 400 Y Y 150 Y - Y 5 Y 1 Y N Y

HHHH

GRAND SAFIR HOTEL PO Box 65154, Building 740, Block 324, Road 2412, Al Juffair, Hoora +973 17365999 | reservation@grandsafirhotel.com | grandsafirhotel.com

C 7 80 6 Y Y Y 67 1 67 Y N - Y N Y 4 N 1 Y N Y

HHHH

HOLIDAY VILLA HOTEL PO Box 75845, Building 54, Road 2002, Block 320, Manama +973 17313070 | info@holidayvillabah.com | holidayvillabahrain.com

BAHRAIN

C 5 200 - Y Y Y -

1 80 Y Y 100 Y Y Y 3 Y 1 N N Y

INTERCONTINENTAL REGENCY BAHRAIN PO Box 777, King Faisal Highway, Manama +973 17227777 | info.icbahrain@ihg.com | intercontinental.com/manama

HHHHH (see advertisement on page 53)

C 10 321 33 Y Y Y 2,638 18 600 Y Y 200 Y Y Y 6 Y 1 Y N Y

JUMEIRAH ROYAL SARAY BAHRAIN

HHHH

PO Box 17007, Building 56, Avenue 38, Block 428, Al Seef District, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain +971 4 7770707 | jrsb.info@jumeirah.com | jumeirah.com (see advertisement on page 55) R 11 174 7 Y Y Y - 1 400 Y Y - N Y Y 3 Y 1 Y Y Y

LE MERIDIEN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN PO Box 18394, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Highway, Al Seef District, Manama +973 17171000 | info.bahrainhotels@starwoodhotels.com | lemeridienbahraincitycentre.com C 12 260 39 Y

HHHHH (see advertisement on page 57)

Y Y 431 6 100 Y Y 250 Y N Y 3 Y 1 Y N Y

MERCURE GRAND HOTEL SEEF

HHHH

PO Box 18084, Road Number 2827, Al Seef District, Manama +973 17584400 | H5685 @accor.com | mercure.com/5685 C 6 - 120 Y Y Y 230 3 70 Y N - N - N 1 Y 3 Y N Y

MOVENPICK HOTEL BAHRAIN PO Box 24009, 143 Road 2403 224 Muharraq Town +973 17460000 | hotel.bahrain.sales@movenpick.com | movenpick-hotels.com C

HHHHH (see advertisement on page 59)

1 106 10 Y Y Y 900 7 300 Y Y 450 N Y Y 1 Y 1 Y N Y

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NOVOTEL BAHRAIN AL DANA RESORT

Fitness centre (Y/N)

Beachfront (Y/N)

Swimming pool/s (Y/N)

Total no. of cafÂŽs

Spa (Y/N)

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Business Centre (Y/N)

Group leisure activities (Y/N)

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Outdoor space available (Y/N)

Conference equipment (Y/N)

Capacity of largest meeting room

Total no. of meeting rooms

Total meeting space (sqm)

In-room internet access (Y/N)

Disabled facilities (Y/N)

Group check-in (Y/N)

Number of suites/villas

Total number of guestrooms

Distance from airport (km)

Location: resort/city

STAY | LISTINGS

HHHH

PO Box 11073, 121 Sheikh Hamad Causeway, Manama +973 17298008 | H3600@accor.com | accorhotels.com R 4 166 37 Y Y Y 540 7 135 Y Y 450 N Y Y 2 Y 2 Y Y Y

PARS INTERNATIONAL HOTEL

HHHH

PO Box 20682, Juffair +973 17814777 | info@parsbahrain.net | parsbahrain.net C 11 98 14 Y - Y 100 1 250 Y N 300 Y - Y 7 N 1 Y N Y

RAMADA HOTEL BAHRAIN

HHHH

PO Box 5750, Bldg 88, Road 351, Block 326, Bani Otbah Ave, Adliya +973 17742000 | reservations@ramadabahrain.com | ramadabahrain.com C 11 123 4 Y Y Y 200 2 75 Y Y 100 Y Y Y 2 N 1 Y N Y

RAMEE CALIFORNIA HOTEL

HHHH

PO Box 11538, Block 324, Road 2421, Building 1241, Juffair +973 17826001 | gmcalifornia@rameehotelsbahrain.com | rameehotelsbahrain.com

BAHRAIN

C 4 70 15 Y Y Y - 1 20 Y N - Y Y Y 2 Y 2 Y Y Y

RAMEE GRAND HOTEL & SPA PO Box 11538, Building 999, Road 2183, Block 428, Al Seef, Manama +973 17111999 | reservation@rameegrandbahrain.com | rameegrandbahrain.com

HHHHH (see advertisement on page 61)

C 15 166 30 Y Y Y 800 4 700 Y N - N N Y 8 Y 1 Y N Y

RAMEE INTERNATIONAL HOTEL

HHHH

PO Box 11538, Building No. 256, Road No. 40, Block 340, Juffair +973 17727230 | gmramee.bh@rameehotels.com | rameehotels.com C 3 105 34 Y Y N 400 1 200 Y N - N N Y 7 N 1 Y N Y

SHERATON BAHRAIN HOTEL PO Box 30, 6 Palace Avenue, Manama +973 17533533 | Reservations.manama.bahrain@sheraton.com | sheratonbahrain.com -

HHHHH (see advertisement on page 63)

7 219 37 Y Y Y 2,052 9 600 Y N - Y Y Y 5 N 1 Y N Y

SOFITEL BAHRAIN ZALLAQ THALASSA SEA & SPA PO Box 5554, 105 Zallaq Highway, Building 2015, Block 1055, Zallaq +973 17636363 | H6722@sofitel.com | accorhotels.com

HHHHH (see advertisement on page 65)

R 32 262 28 Y N Y 1100 12 1000 Y Y - Y Y Y 9 Y 1 Y Y Y

SWISS-BELHOTEL SEEF BAHRAIN

HHHH

PO Box 5305, Building 1012, Road 2813, Block 0428, Al Seef +973 66310000 | reservationsbse@swiss-belhotel.com | swiss-belhotelhotel.com C 15 144 36 Y Y Y 573 3 200 Y Y 40 Y N Y 2 Y 1 Y N Y

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PO Box 5243, Building 59, Road 1701, Block 317, Manama +973 17531666 | info.diplomat@radissonblu.com | radissonblu.com/diplomathotel-bahrain C

8 367 141 Y

Fitness centre (Y/N)

Beachfront (Y/N)

Swimming pool/s (Y/N)

Total no. of cafÂŽs

Spa (Y/N)

Total no. of restaurants

Business Centre (Y/N)

Group leisure activities (Y/N)

Off-site catering (Y/N)

Capacity of largest outdoor space

Outdoor space available (Y/N)

Conference equipment (Y/N)

Capacity of largest meeting room

Total no. of meeting rooms

Total meeting space (sqm)

In-room internet access (Y/N)

Disabled facilities (Y/N)

Group check-in (Y/N)

Number of suites/villas

Total number of guestrooms

Distance from airport (km)

Location: resort/city

THE DIPLOMAT RADISSON BLU HOTEL, RESIDENCE & SPA

HHHHH (see advertisement on page 67)

Y Y 3,176 16 1,800 Y Y 500 Y Y Y 4 Y 1 Y N Y

THE DOMAIN HOTEL AND SPA PO Box 5288, Building 365, Road 1705, Block 317, Manama +973 16000000 | connect@thedomainhotels.com | thedomainhotels.com

HHHHH (see advertisement on page 69)

C 7 131 97 Y Y Y 207 6 110 Y N - Y Y Y 6 Y - Y N Y

THE GROVE HOTEL BAHRAIN PO Box 3208, Road 257, Block 257, Building 1722, Bahrain +973 16030303 | info@thegrovehotelbahrain.com | thegrovehotelbahrain.com C 10 202 60 Y

HHHHH (see advertisement on page 71)

Y Y 3205 9 1020 Y N 250 N Y Y 1 Y 2 Y Y Y

THE GULF HOTEL BAHRAIN CONVENTION & SPA PO Box 580, Building 11, Block 338, Road 3801, Manama +973 17713000 | info@gulfhotelbahrain.com | gulfhotelbahrain.com

HHHHH (see advertisement on page 73)

BAHRAIN

C 9 361 9 Y N Y 1,934 15 3,000 Y Y 700 Y Y Y 10 Y 4 Y N Y

HHHH

THE K HOTEL PO Box 1412, Juffair, Manama +973 17360000 | info@thekhotel.com | thekhotel.com

C 10 237 78 Y Y Y 392 7 160 Y Y 500 Y Y Y 2 Y 1 Y N Y

THE JUFFAIR GRAND HOTEL

HHHH

PO Box 15412, Building 676 , Block 340, Road 4015 +973 17827600 | reservation@thejuffairgrand.com | thejuffairgrand.com C 13 120 18 Y Y Y - 4 220 Y Y - N N Y 3 N 1 Y N Y

THE RITZ-CARLTON, BAHRAIN PO Box 55577, Building 112, Road 40, Block 428, King Mohammed VI Avenue, Al Seef District +973 17580000 | bahrz.leads@ritzcarlton.com | ritzcarlton.com/bahrain

HHHHH (see advertisement on page 75)

R 12 245 54 Y N Y 4,652 12 1,000 Y Y 200 Y Y Y 11 Y 2 Y Y Y

THE WESTIN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN PO Box 18394, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Highway, Al Seef District, Manama +973 17171000 | info.bahrainhotels@starwoodhotels.com | westinbahraincitycentre.com C

12 200 40 Y

PO Box 17224, Building 450, Road 4611, Block 346, Manama Seafront +973 17116116 | bahrain@wyndham.com | wyndhamgrandmanama.com 7 263 103 Y

(see advertisement on page 77)

Y Y 549 7 1,000 Y Y 250 Y N Y 4 Y - Y N Y

WYNDHAM GRAND MANAMA

C

HHHHH

Y

HHHH (see advertisement on page 79)

Y 2,637 12 400 Y N - N Y Y 1 Y 2 Y N Y

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Nirvana, The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain

PLAY | DINING

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In good taste Bahrain’s lively culinary scene brings together world flavours in stand-out settings

FINE DINING Gourmet dining gems to look out for on Bahrain’s flourishing food scene

Nirvana A signature-dining destination at The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, this lavish restaurant boasts a rich dark wood interior and tempting menu offering the very best cuisine from across India. In the kitchen Executive Chef Mahipal Singh has created a wide range of dishes, from succulent kebabs and traditional fish stews, to spiced lamb shanks and perfectly flavoured vegetarian curries. The grilled seafood platter, which contains lobster, shrimp and hammour is a must try during this one-of-a-kind dining experience. To book please contact +973 17586499 / ritzcarlton.com

The Meat Co. A long-time favourite among steak lovers, this high-end South African restaurant has an incredible selection of choice cuts. From the huge 700 gram T-bone to the melt in the mouth rib eye, the focus is very much on well-aged prime Angus beef. With an array of salads, fish courses and vegetable dishes also on offer, the sumptuous food and vibrant setting in this lively restaurant at the heart of trendy Adliya makes it ideal for both relaxed networking lunches, as well as more formal dinners.

Masso With a farm-to-table policy and a seasonal menu that is supported by its own organic garden, this picturesque restaurant provides a peaceful setting in the midst of the busy city. Located in The Palace Boutique Hotel, Chef Susy Massetti places plenty of emphasis on simplicity and thus the décor and the menu have a rustic feel. Dishes on the current menu include pumpkin stuffed ravioli with butter-sage sauce and truffle oil, beef tenderloin carpaccio with horseradish dressing and wild rocket leaves, and the chef’s signature tiramisu. To book please contact +973 17721061 / massorestaurant.com

LOCAL FAVOURITES You’ll find influences from across the Middle East at these restaurants where local flare meets flavourful food

To book please contact: +973 17742080 /

Basta 23 This quirky restaurant in Riyadat Mall, and also located in Durra and Riffa Palms, prides itself on a unique experience thanks to its distinctive décor and eclectic menu. Styled to resemble a traditional souk, and with old Bahraini posters covering the walls, there is a range of authentic Middle Eastern cuisine on the menu. Hearty soups, well-seasoned grilled meats and creamy curries are plentiful, while the traditional shakshooka is a favourite.

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To book please contact +973 77999666 / bast23.com

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Saffron Restaurants With three venues across Manama, Saffron is proving just how popular the concept of all-day breakfast can be. Each of the branches in Muharraq Souq Al Qasariya, Souq Bab Al Bahrain and Riffa Fort offers traditional Bahraini breakfast items and snacks. The menu is extensive but it is the balaleet, which consists of salty scrambled eggs on top of saffron infused vermicelli noodles, that remains a must-try dish. Similarly the fluffy Arabic bread selection is excellent. To book please contact +973 17613141

My Cafe This boutique Adliya restaurant has long been a firm favourite with foodies in the city thanks to an eclectic menu of international dishes using ingredients from the region and beyond. Complete with a sophisticated dining area and atmospheric garden, the restaurant promises an unforgettable evening. Some of the standout dishes available are the delicious Afghani lamb served with rice pilaf, roasted nut, crisp onion and caramelised carrot, and the wagyu beef carpaccio with fresh figs and feta cheese spheres.

01: Wu Restaurant & Lounge 02: Nirvana

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AL FRESCO These scenic venues make perfect use of Bahrain’s enviable climate and stunning island views

Fiamma Italian With fresh ingredients, wood-fire ovens and an antipasti bar, this restaurant truly offers a taste of Italy. Considering there’s such attention to detail, it is no surprise to discover that the pasta is hand made on the premises and that top-quality cheese and fish have been expertly sourced. As well as the wide array of pizzas and pastas, the beef carpaccio and the caprese salad are wonderfully light options on the extensive menu. Located at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, the stunning terrace overlooks the pool and the sea.

Cantina Kahlo Authentic Mexican cuisine doesn’t get much better than at this restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain. A bold and colourful space, the al fresco terrace is tucked away in a lush garden for a charming dining experience overlooking the private beach. Chef Cesar Daniel de Leon Torres presides over a dedicated team of chefs from Mexico with sensational results. Look out for the artisanal tacos, ceviche and guacamole, as well as the pulled chicken and melt-inthe-mouth roasted pineapple. To book please contact: +973 17586401 / ritzcarlton.com

PRIVATE DINING Bahrain’s top-tier restaurants offer the chance to join an exclusive club of diners

To book please contact: +973 77344444 /mycafebh.com

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Darseen Café Ideally located right next door to the Bahrain National Museum, and with stunning sea views, this waterfront restaurant is an excellent choice for those looking to explore the local cuisine. Warm and inviting interiors set the scene for diners to relax and explore the varied menu that features enticing local dishes with a gourmet twist, as well as international options. What better way to gain a flavour of Bahrain than right next door to 4,000 years of local history.

Wu Restaurant & Lounge Offering a culinary journey through the Far East, Wu – which means five in Chinese – offers an array of delicious and authentic servings from China, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and Korea. The menu features contemporary and classic dishes, with highlights including sliced roast duck with mandarin pancakes, and lobster and duck chow mein. The beachfront setting at Art Rotana is all part of the experience with stunning views on the outdoor terrace.

re Asian Cuisine by Wolfgang Puck Located on the 50th floor of Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, the restaurant’s breathtaking views of the Manama skyline are matched by the excellence of the food. As you might expect from the acclaimed chef, the menu has a unique take on traditional Asian cuisine, with techniques and flavours from several countries from the Far East perfectly balanced. Start with a healthy mix of dim sum, dumplings and noodles before trying the miso-honey marinated black cod or the braised beef short ribs. The private dining area is perfect for groups to fully appreciate the outstanding food and impeccable service.

To book please contact: +973 7733 6600

To book please contact: +973 16000111/ rotana.com

To book please contact: +973 17115000 / fourseasons.com

To book please contact: +973 17636363/

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DINING | PLAY

With a nod to some of the finest European dining traditions, The Orangery is an elegant tea room and patisserie 03

The Orangery With a nod to some of the finest European dining traditions, The Orangery is an elegant tea room and patisserie at Palace Boutique Hotel. Lush gardens, water features and a luxurious terrace perfectly set the scene for a sophisticated meal. Afternoon tea is a popular option for diners here, but the venue also offers a fantastic dinner menu which effortlessly blends British classics with Middle Eastern dishes. The grilled Scottish salmon and Levantine lamb chops are a must try.

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To book please contact: +973 17742000 /ramadabahrain.com

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Abd El Wahab Traditional Lebanese fare has long been a favourite in Bahrain and those seeking the finest representation of the cuisine should head to this restaurant. Located at Bahrain World Trade Center, this is the place to go for a wide selection of delicious mezze platters and succulent meats from the grill. As well as a large dining area downstairs, there is an exclusive private dining space for groups. There is also live music, which adds to the atmosphere.

CUT by Wolfgang Puck This critically acclaimed offering has long been viewed as one of the best restaurants in the Kingdom. Also located at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, guests are treated to a view of the state-of-the-art kitchen and a striking panorama over Manama. There are also two private dining areas for a more intimate setting in which to enjoy the finest steak and premium shellfish. The menu features the best selection of beef, from dry aged black Angus to Australian wagyu. Aside form the beef there is also a host of pan roasted and slow simmered dishes such as Dover sole and rotisserie baby chicken.

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INTERNATIONAL FARE Flavours from around the world can be found on Bahrain’s diverse dining scene

Bushido A restaurant that prides itself on authentic Japanese cuisine, the charming décor and traditional menu make for a unique experience. A small moat leads to the entrance decorated with Samurai armour, while the main dining room boasts vintage Japanese artefacts. Standouts on the menu include beef tenderloin and lobster tempura.

Silks With a show-kitchen that allows diners to watch the skilled chefs in action, this restaurant serves dishes from around the world and has a number of exciting theme nights that showcase everything from fresh seafood to traditional Arabic offerings. Aside from the theme evenings, there is a focus on Asian cuisine with a delicious array of sushi, sashimi and classics such as red Thai prawn curry and Chinese braised beef short ribs.

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Attic This lively Greek kitchen, which is nestled in the heart of trendy Manama neighbourhood Adliya, has made for a fantastic addition to the city’s dining scene. Foodies have flocked to the hip restaurant where the focus is on sharing plates that represent the cooking styles from all across Greece, with must-try dishes including the fresh seafood carpaccio, pan fried seabass and of course, the traditional Greek moussaka with layers of eggplant, beef, potato and bechamel sauce. The dining area itself is a vibrant space with lots of exposed wood finishes designed to create a rustic feel. End the evening relaxing with a refreshing cocktail on the outdoor terrace and take in the fantastic city views. To book please contact: +973 17717780/ atticbahrain.com

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Cultural connection A land steeped in rich heritage, Bahrain blends the past and present perfectly with a thriving contemporary cultural scene

Bahrain’s extraordinary history stretches back thousands of years, yet is still evident today in almost all areas of life. It is precisely that juxtaposition between the past, present and future, that makes Bahrain so special, and stand out to visitors. Testament to what can be achieved when real efforts are made to preserve treasures of the past, more than 4,000 years of history have been preserved in important sites that range from archaeological finds to ancient cities and some stunning examples of traditional Arabian architecture. The Kingdom was once home to the Dilmun people, one of the oldest and most significant civilisations in the Middle East dating back to the third millennium, and excavation work at sites across the country reveal fascinating insights into their way of life. The perfect complement is Bahrain’s burgeoning modern cultural scene, which offers plenty for business and leisure visitors, with a host of stunning venues and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Bahrain Pearling Trail At the very heart of Bahrain’s rich history is its connection to the sea. The Kingdom was a key trading hub from the outset, thanks to its location at the intersection between east and west. Bahrain, which translates as ‘two seas’ in Arabic, first found wealth from the ocean and was once one of the world’s premier pearling nations. During the 19th century, the Kingdom prospered as pearl divers and fishing merchants trawled the Arabian Gulf for the treasured bounty. The country’s fortunes changed once more with the discovery of oil in 1932, but reverence for its pearling past is an important part of the present. In recognition of the importance of its maritime past, the Bahrain Pearling Trail is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which takes visitors on a journey back in time. The trail takes in 17 listed buildings in Muharraq City, which include the former homes of pearl merchants. As the ancient former capital of the Kingdom, Muharraq

is a treasure trove of traditional architecture, with wind towers, arabesque details and carved wooden façades at every turn. In recognition of its special historical value, Muharraq City has been named the Capital of Islamic Culture 2018. The Pearling Trail is a fantastic way to truly appreciate the area, which also takes in three offshore oyster beds and part of the shore on the southern tip of Muharraq Island where boats used to set sail for the oyster beds. This very unique experience is one of the only ways left to get a glimpse into the world of pearl diving, chronicling both the lives of pearl merchants and the divers who bravely foraged the ocean floor.

Tree of Life One of Bahrain’s more quirky and mysterious historical attractions, the Tree of Life attracts thousands of visitors every year, keen to learn all about this solitary tree, standing in the desert with apparently no sustenance. For more than 400 years, this remarkable tree has stood in the desert with no source of water or vegetation for miles around. Understood to be a Prosopis Cineraria, archaeologists have unearthed artefacts including pottery relating to the Dilmun people, and potentially a military outpost, at the site. A visitor centre here gives insights into what is known of the tree’s story, detailing how this species favours arid conditions, but curiously would likely have originated in America. The tree stands around two kilometres from Jebel Dukhan, a haze-covered peak known as the Mountain of Smoke. Bab Al Bahrain and Manama Souq Another colourful take on local history comes with a visit to Manama Souq. This type of traditional marketplace was once the cornerstone of Arabian communities, a place where people would come together to trade goods, but also to share information. At the entrance to the souq stands, 89

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Bab Al Bahrain, an important cultural landmark built in 1949 and once the site of government offices. The square in front of the building was once the terminus of the bustling customs pier. Carrying on the mercantile tradition, the souq itself makes for a wonderful experience, browsing the warren of stalls and storefronts selling everything from hand-painted lanterns to spices, gold, perfumes and Persian carpets. More than simply a place to pick up souvenirs, a visit to the souq gives a rare insight into how life was once lived in Manama.

Bahrain National Museum A shining example of the Kingdom’s efforts to preserve the past is Bahrain National Museum. The striking building opened its doors in 1998, designed by Danish architects KHR arkitekter. Its three cubical structures, perched by a waterway, make for a grand space to house artefacts, ancient documents and archaeological finds which chart the nation’s history. Nine main halls span different periods of life in Bahrain, from the traditional handicrafts hall to the ancient manuscripts and Islamic period halls. The Manama museum regularly hosts local events and visiting international exhibitions with this year’s highlights including Al-Fann: Art from the Islamic Civilization from The al-Sabah Collection, a fascinating look at Islamic culture through the renowned al-Sabah collection of Islamic Art. The exhibition considers themes in Islamic art, from calligraphy and geometric decoration to figurative art and jewellery.

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Qalat Al Bahrain Site Museum The former capital of the Dilmun civilisation, this area is an absolute historical gold mine, with a series of archaeological digs having unearthed its many treasures. Artefacts found here have provided a clear picture of life in the Bronze age, as well as how the Dilmun people lived. The focal point at the site is Bahrain Fort which sits high on the norther coast, overlooking what was once a major military centre for the region. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, visitors can learn all about the area and its past at the fort museum with galleries which journey through five periods of local history.

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Al Khamis Mosque One of the oldest mosques in Arabia,and thought to be the first in Bahrain, this 11th century house of worship has survived hundreds of years thanks to careful restoration work. Its striking twin minarets were added 200 years apart, yet today stand out on the Manama skyline. The structure as it stands today houses a prayer hall with a flat roof supported by wooden columns which has been dated to the 14th century. A limestone slab was discovered at the mosque with inscriptions of two verses from the Quran during a 12th century renovation.

Cultural Calendar Don’t miss a programme of cultural events throughout the Kingdom Bahrain International Book Fair Now in its 18th edition, this event showcases the broad spectrum of the publishing in the Arab world, as well as Bahraini works, foreign titles, children’s books and e-leaning resources. Held at Arad Fort, from March 28 to April 7. Bahrain Spring of Culture This major annual fixture takes place from February to April with everything from dance to theatre shows and poetry. Al-Fann: Art from the Islamic Civilization from The al-Sabah An artistic look at the history of Islam, taking place at Bahrain National Museum from January to June.

Al Fateh Mosque Able to welcome an incredible 7,000 worshippers at one time, Al Fateh Mosque in Manama is one of the largest mosques in the world. Built by the late Sheikh Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifa in 1987, and named after Ahmed Al Fateh, the founder of Bahrain, its huge dome is the world’s largest fibreglass dome. No expense has been spared on the ornate interiors, with Italian marble for the floors, a stunning chandelier from Austria and teak wood doors. It is also home to beautiful examples of Kufic calligraphy.

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One of the oldest mosques in Arabia,and thought to be the first in Bahrain, this 11th century house of worship has survived hundreds of years 04: Bahrain Fort 05: Al Khamis Mosque 06: Manama Souq

More to see Dilmun Burial Mounds An ancient burial site from the Dilmun era, thought to date back to 300AD. Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa House One of the oldest of the Muharraq residences, Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa House dates back to the mid-19th century and boasts beautiful architectural details. It served as the residence of the ruler of Bahrain from 1942 to 1961.

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while the main auditorium is located at the centre of the space, much like traditional courtyards. Taking cues from 1,001 Arabian Nights stories, the 1,001 seat theatre is one of the region’s largest and has hosted an impressive selection of performances since its 2012 opening with Placido Domingo and the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Ballets among the acts to have taken to the stage.

Bait Khalaf This traditional house tells the story of Manama’s strong ties with pearling and is part of the Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Centre for Culture and Research. Barbar Temples The site is made up of three temples from the 2nd and 3rd millennium BCE. A sunken chamber here is home to a fresh water spring which is believed to be associated with an ancient Mesopotamian deity.

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Oil Museum Located close to where the first oil well was discovered in 1932, the Sakhir museum in opened in 1992. Shaikh Salman bin Ahmed Al Fateh Fort Museum This informative museum charts the history of the Kingdom’s ruling Al Khalifa family. Saar Settlement An ancient Dilmun settlement, the site dates back to the 3rd millenium BCE. Well-preserved, there are houses on a main street, a temple and graves of the people who once lived here.

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Beit Al Quran Excellent examples of calligraphic script can also be found in the manuscripts and wood carvings at Manama’s Beit Al Quran. The traditional Bahraini house, which offers a good introduction to Islam, also boasts a selection of miniature Qurans from the 18th century. Bahrain National Theatre A stunning national landmark, this striking building is itself a cultural attraction. Designed by French firm Architecture-Studio, the theatre, which overlooks the Manama waterfront, is intended to connect the sky and sea with myriad references to local culture. Laid out in the style of an Arabian palace, the traditional palace patio is replaced by the main foyer,

Shaikh Ebrahim Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research This very special centre in Muharraq celebrates the life of Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, the son of the Kingdom’s former ruler. Shaikh Ebrahim was a leading thinker in Bahraini society and would hold weekly debates at his majlis. After his death in 1933, the centre was opened on the site of his majlis, in 2002. Nowadays, the centre hosts speakers, philosophers, poets and thinkers from all over the world in weekly lecture programmes. The centre has also adopted a curatorial role and to date has restored 10 traditional Bahraini homes in Muharraq and Manama. Linked to the centre is Ibrahim Al Arrayed House for Poetry, which is dedicated to the famous Bahraini writer and poet who was considered the country’s best, and Memory of the Place – Bin Matar House, a fantastic example of traditional architecture dating back to 1905, and a place to commemorate the Bin Matars, a Bahraini pearl trading family who were among the most powerful in the Gulf’s pearl trade. 91

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Driven to succeed From all the F1 action to shopping, golf and aerial wonders, welcome to a world of exciting activities that are perfect for business or leisure

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Race ready One of the Kingdom’s most important annual fixtures, attracting thousands of visitors each year, the 2018 F1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix roars into Manama for the 14th year from April 5 to 8. The action takes place at the state-of-theart Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), a first-class motorsports venue to the south of Manama. Ideal for groups and business guests, the circuit offers a choice of corporate race-day packages for an unforgettable event. Take it all in from the Formula One Paddock Club, which boasts incredible views of all the on-track

action from right above the Formula One garages. Delicious food and drinks are served as part of the package, which also comes with tickets to the race. To add to the exclusivity, delegates can go behind the scenes on a VIP Pit Lane tour which is reserved specially for Formula One Paddock Club guests. Take the experience to another level at the BIC Corporate Lounges, located on the top floor of the Main Grandstand. The sweeping track views take in the start and finish lines, main straight, Formula One Pit Lane and winner’s podium, or head out onto the rooftop terrace for unrivalled panoramas. The lounges also offer five-star catering with serving staff on hand throughout the day. An extra-special touch includes the option of adding corporate branding in the lounge for a tailored experience. Any option on race weekend is guaranteed to impress delegates who can marvel at the sport’s top stars in action. The third race in the F1 season, the installment in Bahrain is a particularly amazing spectacle because it is held at night. As the sun goes down, the circuit is awash with bright lights, as the drivers start their engines in front of 90,000 excited fans. The setting also adds a unique element, nestled in the

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When it comes to incentive activities and options for business guests looking to explore all the Kingdom has to offer, Bahrain’s eclectic selection is second to none. Of course, the F1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix takes centre stage, but it’s one of a host of high-profile events held in the country each year, and complements an outstanding roster of sporting, shopping and entertainment venues which make planning an event or incentive with a difference effortless.

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The biennial flying spectacular attracts some of the world’s biggest names in the aviation and aerospace industries, but is also a thrilling destination for networking

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heart of the majestic Sakhir desert, still just 40 minutes from the capital. Aside from the main event, the weekend also offers plenty of entertainment with a packed supporting race programme, as well as live music and delicious food at the Formula 1 Village. Visit bahraingp.com

Retail retreat Offering something completely different, Bahrain’s shopping scene has developed at pace in recent years and as a result boasts plenty of options for some retail therapy. The Kingdom is home to a series of high-profile annual shopping events, with the Shop Bahrain festival going from strength to strength. Held from January to February each year, 2019 will mark the fifth edition of this hugely popular event. Showcasing the best of the shopping options available, there’s plenty of entertainment, special promotions and raffle draws on high-value prizes. Another retail opportunity not to be missed is Jewellery Arabia, which this year will take place from November 20 to 24 at Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC). The largest exhibition of its kind in the Middle East, it’s a chance to browse an incredible selection of pieces from international houses and private collectors. For consumer goods, another key event is the annual Autumn Fair. The Kingdom’s Bahrain’s largest indoor market

stall shopping festival, there’s everything from clothes and shoes, to home furnishings, textiles and spices. The 2019 edition will take place between January and February, at BIECC. Beyond the major events, the retail scene in Bahrain offers plenty all year round with a mix of traditional Arabian shopping experiences and plush, modern malls. Manama Souq is a fantastic option for those looking to soak up some local atmosphere with a wander along its colourful warren of stalls offering everything from silks and hand-woven carpets to perfumes, lanterns and gold. At the other end of the spectrum, Manama has no shortage of gleaming malls for a high-end shopping outing. City Centre Bahrain is the Kingdom’s largest mall and has everything from designer fashions to entertainment, while a host of other shopping spaces to explore include Seef Mall, Moda Mall and the exclusive Avenues in Bahrain Bay.

Flying high A stunning aerial spectacle, and a wonderful incentive experience for business groups in the Kingdom, Bahrain International Airshow returns this year, from November 14 to 16, at Sakhir Air Base. The biennial flying spectacular attracts some of the world’s biggest names in the aviation and aerospace industries, but is also a thrilling destination for networking or simply to enjoy the stunning setting.

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Now in it’s fifth edition, head to the stateof-the-art venue and look to the skies for stunning aerial displays with some of the fastest jets on earth. Around 100 aircraft take part in four-hour daily flying displays during the show, which welcomes up to 139 companies and 30,000 trade visitors. For business guests, 40 corporate chalets are arranged around the Royal Pavilion, boasting incredible airfield views. The chalets have private meeting rooms, a lounge and dining area, and a spacious balcony. For planners looking to wow delegates, the corporate hospitality package includes premier chalets with stunning views of the aerial displays, gourmet catering and entry to the show. Visit bahraininternationalairshow.com

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Get into gear Bahrain International Circuit makes the most of its status as the home of an annual F1 spectacular with some fantastic driving experiences. Ideal for an incentive outing or team building experience far beyond the norm, Bahrain International Karting Circuit at the venue gives guests the chance to get behind the wheel. Corporate karting packages can be arranged on any day of the week and come with catering options and winners’ trophies. There are three main karting packages to choose from, including the Mini Grand Prix which is a one and a half hour sprint race for groups of between 10 and 20 people. The Endurance Race

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option is a relay-style event with a minimum 10 teams of two drivers each. All team members will take part in the free practice session before choosing their star driver to qualify the team in the best position before the race kicks off. Finally, the Grand Prix is a sprint race package made up of four different sessions, designed for groups of between 10 and 20 people. Lap times and race results are displayed on LCD screens throughout the facility, while marshalls and mechanics are on hand to assist teams, and all the gear including helmets, race suits and gloves is provided for all packages.

01: Marathon runners  02: Bahrain International Airshow  03: Royal Golf Club  04: Bahrain International Karting Circuit  05: Triathletes

In the swing For a complete change of pace, slow things down with a round of golf in some of the Kingdom’s most luxurious settings. The Royal Golf Club is a top choice while in the capital and is home to Bahrain’s only 18-hole championship standard golf course and par 39-hole course, designed by golfing great Colin Montgomerie. There are also restaurants, a country club and a full suite of meeting and conference facilities, as well as a host of incentive packages accompanied by PGA teaching professionals.

Strength in numbers For a novel way to take in the city sights, check out displays of sporting excellence taking to the capital’s streets. IRONMAN 70.3 Middle East Championship comes to Manama in November, bringing an impressive athletic display in an epic swim, cycle and running course throughout the city. While one of the oldest marathons in the world, the annual Bahrain Road Runners Marathon covers 42.2 kilometres of the city in February each year. Sign up either as individuals or groups for the perfect incentive option or team building event to get the pulses racing. Or, simply enjoy the race from the sidelines and take in the city sights along the route.

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DIRECTORY | LISTINGS

Key contacts Arrange your ideal meeting or event with a little help from these trusted service providers

Algosaibi Travel, Manama, Bahrain Sajeev Kumar Manager- Sales & Marketing +973 39687725, +973 17212333 skumar@algosaibitravel.com

Visit Bahrain, Manama, Bahrain Kyriako Zarkadas General Manager +973 39990199 kyriako@visitbahrain.bh

Mathias Tourism, Manama, Bahrain Richard Mathias Managing Director +973 39452093, +973 11786484 richard@mathias.cc

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