Bahrain Transport

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Visitors to the waterfront of Bahrain’s capital of Manama are likely to glimpse traditional wooden sailing vessels known as dhows. The ships are often seen sailing out to sea or docked in the Gulf’s calm waters. Though most are now used for fishing and small trade, rather than as commercial vessels, Bahrain’s ports still receive hundreds of...

Mirroring the example of Hong Kong’s logistical relationship with China, Bahrain’s economic relationship with the rest of the GCC is similarly successful. It is a small, wealthy, investor-friendly state that continues to draw expatriate workers on the edge of a massive market. Bahrain is also an increasingly important logistics hub for its...

What impact does competition among flight hubs in the GCC region have on the aviation sector?

Of the six GCC states, Bahrain has the longest history of international air travel and Bahrain International Airport (BIA) is the region’s oldest airport. Today BIA receives 9m passengers a year. The airport currently serves 31 commercial and 10 cargo carriers that in total operate 921 flights per week to 45 global destinations. The next chapter...

Chapter | Transport from The Report: Bahrain 2015

Expansion of the transportation sector is regarded as crucial for future economic growth in Bahrain; the sector’s contribution to GDP is expected to increase from 4% to 7% in the coming years, driven in large part by the rising population. Upgrades at Bahrain International Airport will boost the facility’s passenger and cargo capacity with the addition of 13 new gates and 40 new check-in...

As the region faces up to the challenge of the recent drop in oil prices, Bahrain’s fundamentals indicate the kingdom is well positioned to weather the dip. The focus on diversification goals outlined in Economic Vision 2030 is helping establish a more competitive and sustainable economy in the kingdom. The financial sector, which represents Bahrain’s second-largest GDP contributor, has continued to recover robustly since the global economic downturn.

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