Bahrain Transport Articles & Analysis

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Low oil prices will undoubtedly continue to be a significant challenge for Bahrain in 2016. However the kingdom’s early moves to diversify its economy mean the country is well placed to weather the storm and non-oil segments are expected to continue performing well in 2016.

Large-scale investment in Bahrain’s infrastructure is under way to increase passenger-handling capacity at the country’s international airport, alongside efforts to expand ancillary services. 

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...