Bahrain consists of a group of islands located in the Arabian Gulf to the west of the mainland of Saudi Arabia. Its rich history and culture is over five thousand years old. Since those days when it was a welcome stopover for sailors, Bahrain has maintained its traditions of warm hospitality and a stimulating open culture. As the hub in the region for trade, commerce and ideas in the region, it won renown, which was further established by the highly successful pearling industry of Bahrain. The drive to modernity began when the first oil well in the region was set up here but, even today Bahrain is a wonderful mix of the old and the new. Heritage sites stand comfortably alongside the bustle of business and modern architecture, and the old values and charisma continue to colour the character of the country making it unique and special.
Today, the Bahrain economy is one of the strongest in the Middle East and recognised as the fastest growing, the government having wisely diversified the focus from its oil dependence early. It has attracted investment from many large multinational firms. It is also a popular tourist destination attracting over 8 million people each year, including large numbers of regional visitors.
BAHRAIN, A STRATEGIC POSITION
Getting there by Air
Bahrain International Airport is on Muharraq Island, 12km from the centre of Manama, and handles frequent services to many intercontinental destinations as well as other countries in the region.
Airlines flying to / from Bahrain include: