Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority Readies for a Bustling 2024

Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) invites global travellers to embark on a journey of discovery in 2024, positioning Bahrain as a premier travel destination. The Kingdom of Bahrain, with its strategic geographical location, offers and enticing array of attractions, events, and cultural experiences, making it the ideal choice for travellers seeking a perfect blend of relaxation, adventure and cultural exploration. In 2024, one can expect Bahrain to stand out as a travel haven to those seeking short getaways, providing ample opportunities to enjoy the many long weekends the year holds. Noted as an evolving travel trend, multiple short getaways are being favored over traditional one or two extended breaks. Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority would actively like to tap this trend and position itself as an ideal long weekend destination from India.  As a short-haul destination, Bahrain is a quick flight away from India with great connectivity via multiple airlines and cities at highly competitive pricing. It offers a rich cultural tapestry and vibrant experiences to a diverse audience seeking a break from their daily routine. An island nation with pristine beaches, vibrant nightlife, host of luxurious hotels and progressive and hospitable locals, make for an ideal holiday with friends, family and spa-cation alike. For the adventure seekers, Bahrain offers thrilling activities such as indoor sky diving, F1-inspired karting and diving in search of real pearls which will keep visitors engaged and enthralled. As travellers explore Bahrain in 2024, they will be captivated by the kingdom's open and inviting culture. Bahrain seamlessly blends rich heritage with modern amenities, offering a unique experience where tradition and innovation coexist harmoniously. Bahrainis take pride in sharing their stories, traditions, and delicious cuisine with visitors, creating an immersive and unforgettable cultural experience.

BTEA introduces 'Celebrate Bahrain' to spark festive season delight

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) announced the final list of events and activities, themed “Celebrate Bahrain” to be held in in collaboration with partners, marking the kingdom’s national days. The diverse arrangement implies a fusion of family, musical, cultural, and sporting events set to captivate citizens, residents, and visitors alike throughout the month of December. The festivities begin with a series of events, such as the enchanting “Festival City,” a carnival showcasing several entertainment games, delectable restaurants, and live performances for families to enjoy. The celebration continues with the second edition of the Heritage Village, showcasing Bahrain’s rich cultural heritage. For those looking for a unique shopping experience, the annual “Autumn Fair” takes place at the Exhibition World Bahrain. This exhibition offers a diverse range of shopping opportunities, adding a vibrant touch to the festive season. As the year comes to a close, the New Year's Eve celebrations promise to be spectacular. Various locations such as Marassi Al Bahrain, Bahrain Bay, Water Garden City, Bahrain Financial Harbour, Bahrain Fort, Bahrain National Museum, and Al Najma Club are set to host events featuring dazzling fireworks displays. These gatherings provide a fantastic way for residents and visitors alike to ring in the New Year with joy and excitement. The festivities also include the return of the Muharraq Nights Festival offering an immersive experience in the heart of Muharraq City. For sports enthusiasts, the calendar boasts prestigious events such as the Ironman 70.3 Middle East Championship, Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, horseracing competitions, and the Brave championship series. To enhance the tourist experience, Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) also introduced special packages focusing on various fields, such as exploring Bahrain's rich musical and cultural diversity, golf experiences, New Year's celebrations, coral events, and sports. Each package was curated to provide unique offers and benefits for a memorable stay. As part of these extraordinary offerings, Gulf Air extended a festive gesture with a generous 16% discount on flight offers, ensuring a seamless journey to Bahrain's enchanting festivities. Furthermore, shoppers and diners enjoyed treats with discounts and prize opportunities at Moda Mall, City Centre Bahrain, Seef Mall, and The Avenues. For a hassle-free and immersive stay, tourists could avail themselves of comprehensive packages covering accommodation, entertainment, and transportation. As the enchanting "Celebrate Bahrain" events unfold," Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority stands ready to welcome citizens, residents, and visitors alike to immerse themselves in the vibrant festivities, creating enduring memories in the heart of the kingdom. Simultaneously, BTEA is poised for action, gearing up to launch intensified promotional campaigns that aim to not only showcase the significance of the festivities but also to ensure maximum global participation.

Bahrain Launches Camping Season in the Sakhir Desert

 After a hiatus of three years due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Kingdom of Bahrain, celebrated for its rich heritage and vibrant culture tapestry, is set to enchant residents and tourists with the commencement of its highly anticipated annual camping season. Bahrain Camping Season which began on 10th November 2023, and extending its charm until 29th February 2024 against the backdrop of the vast and mesmerizing landscapes of the Sakhir Desert, this season promises to be a celebration of nature, culture, and community. The camping season in Bahrain is more than just a winter retreat; it's a cultural legacy inherited from the kingdom’s Bedouin ancestors, celebrating the beauty of nature, and providing an opportunity for families and friends to come together. The Sakhir Desert, known for its serene ambiance, transforms into a safe and open space for various activities, from barbeques and bonfires to stargazing. The cool breeze of the winter season adds a refreshing touch to the camping experience, creating an ideal environment for making lasting memories. The camping season in Bahrain is not just about enjoying the outdoors; it's a reflection of the kingdom's commitment to providing diverse and enriching tourism experiences. Families can set up tents under the starlit sky, engage in barbeques, and participate in a range of activities that cater to various interests. The camping season is designed to be inclusive, welcoming both residents and tourists to immerse themselves in the beauty of Bahrain's natural landscapes.

BTEA and Connections Luxury Unite for Bahrain's Luxurious Wonders

Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) and Connections Luxury announced its partnership aimed at showcasing the kingdom’s premier luxury products to a select international audience of elite luxury buyers. This collaboration delivered exclusive experiences, establishing significant connections between elite travelers and the Middle East’s jewel, Bahrain. The prestigious event, "Connections Luxury Bahrain," took place from October 15th to 18th, 2023, and has already made an extensive impact in the world of luxury travel. The primary objective of this partnership between Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) and Connections Luxury is to significantly profile and position Bahrain as a leading tourism destination among prominent global tour operators. This outcome represents a key milestone in promoting Bahrain as a go-to luxury destination in the Middle East. The event brought together an elite gathering of exceptional international tour operators and representatives from the global luxury tourism sector and destination management companies. Over a span of three days, participants were granted an exclusive opportunity to discover the diverse attractions offered by Bahrain, laying the foundation for the kingdom to shine on the global stage. The event garnered immense acclaim and feedback from participants, emphasizing the kingdom's prominence in the realm of luxury travel. Participants at "Connections Luxury Bahrain" were offered a plethora of experiences that captured the essence of Bahrain's luxury offerings. Among these, spa treatments at luxurious hotels proved to be a highlight for many. One participant remarked, "They had an amazing experience, with offerings from the hotel, such as spa treatments, which were incredibly relaxing. The experience was truly enjoyable." The adventurous had the chance to hold a falcon, which, although petrifying, left an indelible mark, and the calligraphy session where participants had their names written in Arabic, providing a unique and personalized memento. A leisurely walk around the resort added to the overall charm. As one participant summed it up, "This was a nice experience, and now I can go back to the UK and passionately sell the products." Another participant highlighted the diversity of experiences, stating, "So far, I have taken part in two experiences. One involved trying on an outfit with a helmet at Bahrain Circuit, and the other was off-roading. These experiences not only showcased Bahrain International Circuit but also shed light on the kind of adventures that await in Bahrain." In a statement, Dr. Nasser Ali Qaedi, CEO, Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), said, “Bahrain has always been a hidden gem in the world of luxury travel, and “Connections Luxury Bahrain” amplifies the charms of our destination. The event's resounding success further solidifies Bahrain's position as a premier luxury destination in the Middle East. It stands as a testament to our commitment to showcasing Bahrain’s unparalleled offerings to the world and elevating its position in the luxury travel industry.” The “Connections Luxury Bahrain” event drew in attendees from across the globe, creating a diverse and dynamic atmosphere. Guests had the chance to partake in exclusive tours, experiences, and one-on-one meetings with key stakeholders in Bahrain’s luxury industry. The occasion celebrated the essence of Bahrain's unique blend of history, culture, and modern luxury.

BTEA aims to elevate Bahrain as 2024 GCC tourism capital

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) is set to announce a series of groundbreaking initiatives aimed at solidifying Bahrain’s position as a premier global tourist destination. The declaration follows Bahrain’s remarkable achievement in Manama being chosen as the capital of Gulf tourism for the year 2024 during the 7th meeting of the ministers responsible for tourism in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The prestigious designation of "Manama" as the capital of Gulf tourism for 2024 is a testament to Bahrain's exceptional contributions to the growth of Gulf tourism sector. The Kingdom of Bahrain's foresight in recognizing tourism's potential as a vital sector capable of driving economic growth and ensuring sustainable development played a pivotal role in securing this honour. Bahrain is committed to nurturing a thriving and dynamically expanding tourism sector, with the aim of not only enhancing its reputation as a prominent hub for regional and international tourists but also fostering stronger tourism cooperation within the GCC region. Dr. Nasser Ali Qaedi, CEO, Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) said, "We take immense pride in this achievement in the Kingdom's tourism sector, which stands as a testament to a series of successful tourism endeavors at local, regional, and international levels. The Kingdom has positioned the tourism sector at the forefront of its developmental agenda. This strategic position acknowledges the sector's pivotal role in driving sustainable development. Under this vision, substantial investments have been channeled into expanding tourism infrastructure, refining tourism services, and establishing high-quality facilities. These endeavors are aimed at attracting a greater influx of tourists worldwide.” Dr. Qaedi added, "Collaborating closely with its public and private sector partners, BTEA persistently crafts success stories, aiming to fulfill the ambitious tourism goals outlined in the 2022-2026 strategy. This intensive effort has transformed Bahrain into a beacon of adaptability, diversity, and consistent tourism growth within a remarkably brief timeframe. This achievement was evident last year when the Kingdom welcomed approximately 10 million tourists, surpassing the targeted numbers by an impressive 20%. We assure our GCC visitors of an exceptional tourism year ahead. Anticipate the launch of several high-quality tourism initiatives and an array of exclusive travel packages tailored for GCC citizens and residents; these offerings are meticulously designed to attract a broader audience, enhancing tourism appeal across all sectors." The Kingdom of Bahrain has always been a gem of the Arabian Gulf, offering a blend of rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning natural beauty. With this recent recognition, Bahrain aims to draw the attention of tourists from around the world and to embark on a journey filled with unique experiences, warm hospitality, and unforgettable memories.