About Bahrain

As an ancient trading hub welcoming people from all over the world, Bahrain has a long history influenced by many cultures and civilizations, which in turn have shaped its own culture and hospitable outlook. A compact collection of 33 islands, Bahrain's location at the very heart of the Gulf, with quick and easy access to every market in the Middle East by road, air and sea has added to it's attraction as a nucleus and meeting point. The 25km King Fahd Causeway provides a direct road link with Saudi Arabia. Manama, the capital of the Kingdom, located on the northern tip of Bahrain, is the largest of the 33 islands, and accommodates Bahrain's main business and financial districts. Other major islands include Muharraq and Sitra.

Every year, millions of tourists from across the GCC and beyond experience the best Bahrain has to offer. So, what is Bahrain known for? The Kingdom offers a superb island setting; a cosmopolitan, relaxed way of life; rich history and culture; exciting major events; delicious food and varied shopping choices.The Bahrain tourism and hospitality sector thrives due to the ease with which people can visit Bahrain as well as the strong tourism infrastructure in place.

The Kingdom of Bahrain has many different attractions to cater to a myriad of interests. For history lovers, there is the rich heritage of ancient civilizations, which date back to over 5,000 years, with many temples and burial mounds to explore. A good place to start with is the Bahrain National Museum where you can learn about Bahrain's rich history throughout the millennia.

Forts at Riffa, Arad and of course the Bahrain Fort itself are remarkable examples of ancient architecture. Closer to the present, historically speaking, you can visit the restored heritage houses of Muharraq which depict Bahraini style of homes as they were during the last century. Or you can learn about the history of pearl diving at the pearl museum. Nature lovers may visit the Al Areen wildlife sanctuary where they will see flamingos, ostriches, camels and the renowned Oryx; or take a trip to the centre of the Island and gaze in wonder at the Tree of Life which has survived for hundreds of years in the middle of the desert.

If your interest is sports, then take a Friday trip to Sakhir which offers indoor skydiving, go karting and off road adventures. And whilst you're there, why not pop across to the Bahrain International Circuit for some motor sports fun, or enjoy the nearby water sports at the Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park. And for those of you interested to knowing more about Islam, then head for the Al Fateh Mosque in the new Juffair area where friendly guides are ready to enlighten you and then go over to Block 338 in Adliya which has one of the widest collection of high end restaurants offering multiple cuisines.


Hotel Reservations

The Gulf Hotel is the main hotel and venue for the Conference. We offer special rates for delegates accommodation, please click on the link to book your stay.