Routes World 2024

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Kingdom of Bahrain
6 – 8 October 2024

Why Bahrain?

Bahrain - A Strategic Location and a gateway to the Middle East

Bahrain’s geographical position has played an important role in its history of being a vital trading link between the East and the West. With a rich pearl diving industry, Bahrain was home to travelling merchants from the surrounding Gulf states and beyond.

Strategically located in the heart of the Arabian Gulf, with the fastest connection time to regional markets by air, sea and road. 6th In MENA in Global Connectedness, in terms of international flows of trade, capital, information and people (DHL Global Connectedness Index 2023).

  • Well connected to the GCC region through the King Fahad Causeway, with a dedicated customs road for cargo.
  • The second causeway, King Hamad Causeway, to be operational by 2025, will connect Bahrain with the GCC via road and a railway network.
  • Every major city in the GCC can be reached within an hour’s flying time.

Ease of Doing Business in Bahrain

The Kingdom of Bahrain may be geographically compact, but its growing economy offers exciting investment opportunities within a supportive business environment, designed to help companies flourish for years to come. Bahrain’s economy is the most diversified in the GCC region, with strengths in the financial services, technology innovation, manufacturing and logistics sectors. Our pro-innovation business policies and laws give companies of all sizes the opportunity to thrive.


  • BIA offers direct flight connectivity to major destinations in Europe and Asia.
  • BAC has broken ground on the ‘Express Cargo Village’, a new Cargo Village made up of upgraded warehouses, airport parking and modern infrastructure, which will allow the airport to receive more than one million metric tonnes of extra cargo per year.
  • BIA offers a wide range of connections to 56 destinations across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Far East, with an aim to increase flights to 70+ destinations • BIA caters to 38 commercial and cargo airlines.
  • Most flights to the GCC are approximately one hour, including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and Kuwait • Gulf Air plans to start operating direct flights to the United States.
  • Major regional and international airlines operating from BIA include Emirates, Etihad Airways, British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Turkish Airlines


Renowned for hosting various international events and exhibitions, including the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix, our nation attracts visitors from all over the world. We have also successfully organised major aviation events, such as the Bahrain International Airshow, which marks its 10th anniversary this year, ACI conferences, IATA events and cargo and logistics forums.

  • Major Tourism Attractions
  • Existing – Exhibition World Bahrain, Al Dana Amphitheatre, Bilaj Al Jazayer, Bahrain International Airport, Bahrain Formula 1, National Theatre
  • Upcoming – Qalali Waterfront, Bahrain Bay Beach, Al Ghous Waterfront, Hawar Islands, Tourism City, Sports City, Avenues Phase 2
  • Events : Jewellery Arabaa, Bahrain Food Festival, Spring of Culture, City Scape, Autumn Fair, Bahrain Farmers Market, Bahrain Jazz Festival, Bahrain Festival City, Bahrain Summer Festival, Manama & Gold, Music Festival, Garden Show, Annual Fine Art Exhibition.

Tourism Growth Areas

Medical Tourism, Media and Movies, Culture, Archeology and History, Leisure Tourism, Sports Tourism, Business Tourism, Maritime and waterfront Activities, Weddings


Strategically located in the heart of the Arabian Gulf, with excellent transport links by road, sea and air, Bahrain is an ideal gateway to the GCC and the Middle East. A small island with big opportunities, Bahrain’s size is a huge advantage, in terms of being hyper-connected, friendly and easy to access and commute. This provides the perfect test-bed for companies looking to launch new products and services and expand into larger markets, including Saudi Arabia’s industrial capital (the Eastern Province), a mere 30-minute drive across the 25km-long King Fahd Causeway. Furthermore, the Kingdom has many key projects in the pipeline, including a second bridge linking Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, as well as the King Hamad Causeway, in addition to the Bahrain Metro, a 109 km metro network covering all areas of the country, which aims to provide a robust infrastructure for the future.

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