Bahrain’s transport sector is gearing up for expansion in both the short and medium term, with GCC funds being used to complete upgrades to the road network and airport facilities. The government is also investing in infrastructure improvements and new public transport initiatives. The Ministry of Works has invested $485m in road network upgrades, which include the remodeling of junctions, bridges and tunnels, and the widening of existing highways. Meanwhile, two proposals to transform Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Highway into a five- or six-lane dual carriageway are on the table. Costs for the project have been estimated at $223.9m or $329.3m, depending on the option selected. Elsewhere Bahrain International Airport is also expanding to enable it to cater to more passengers and cargo, thanks to $1bn in investment by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.
This chapter contains an interview with Maher Salman Al Musallam, CEO, Gulf Air.