Bahrain Transport Articles & Analysis

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As part of its economic diversification strategy, Vision 2030, Bahrain is planning to develop an internal public transport network and to build rail connections to both Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Bahrain’s Ministry of Transport is in the process of finalising the country’s railway master plan, which was due to be completed by the end of 2012, but no...

With a growing number of ports throughout the region, how does Bahrain plan to maintain its competitive advantage as a trans-shipment centre?

Chapter | Transport from The Report: Bahrain 2013

Plans are afoot from the Ministry of Transport to enhance regulation, improve safety and increase capacity among staff, with infrastructure such as a mass transport system being viewed as not only a necessity caused by population density increases, but also vital to boosting the private sector. Allocations have set aside to refurbish the international airport, plans have been made to link the...
With a flurry of new infrastructure projects, the government is selling Bahrain’s regional connectivity as a key attraction for foreign investors. While the island Kingdom may not compete for east-west traffic with global transit centres like Dubai, Doha and Istanbul, Bahrain is carving out a role as a gateway to the GCC markets.

A good transport system is a key enabler in any economy, but in the case of Bahrain, an island country, this holds particularly true. Although the nation has relatively small reserves of oil and gas, it has historically been a trading centre, and in the 1970s and 1980s it emerged as the main entrepôt for the Gulf region. As an open economy with a...

There are only three possible entry points to Bahrain: by airport, by the King Fahd Causeway (which links the island to Saudi Arabia) and by port. With the bulk of Bahrain’s imports and a large proportion of its exports entering and leaving by sea, the strength of maritime transport is thus something of a barometer for the overall economic health of...