US$10BN INVESTMENT IN BAHRAIN TOURISM SECTOR

Bahrain will see the opening of 15 new hotels and beachfront resorts by 2020 – representing a total investment of more than US$10bn. New arrivals include global hotel brands such as One&Only, Wyndham, Fairmont, Vida, The Address, Ibis and Pullman. Bahrain already has more than 190 hotels and resorts, and the extra developments are expected to increase hotel capacity by about 4,000 hotel rooms by 2020. The kingdom is seeing another boost to its profile this year as its second largest island, Muhurraq, is the Islamic Cultural Capital 2018, recognising the conservation work being done on the island – most notably with the UNESCO World Heritage Pearling Trail due for completion this year.