Travellers making a pitstop in Bahrain can now enjoy a free tour of the island.

Those flying via the Kingdom with a layover ranging from a minimum of five hours to a maximum of 24 hours can experience the country’s vibrant culture and rich history. Hello Bahrain – Free City Tour offers an exciting detour from the airport, while you’re waiting for your connecting flight. Discover a wide range of offerings, including entertainment options, heritage sites and major tourist attractions. A reliable and secure tourist transportation service will also be provided during these tours. The initiative is jointly organised by Gulf Air Group, Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) and Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), with transportation provided by Kanoo Travel. Gulf Air Group Holding Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Goh said: “The Kingdom of Bahrain is not only an increasingly attractive destination for business and leisure travellers, but also a strategic gateway between East and West. Scores of visitors transit through BIA [Bahrain International Airport] daily, with many not getting a chance to see the country beyond the confines of the airport. We hope the introduction of this new service will enhance the passenger experience, giving visitors a better understanding of all the remarkable attractions Bahrain has to offer.”

The tour lasts for three hours and is offered twice daily from 9am to 12pm and 7pm to 10pm. Passengers are required to book in advance.

BAC is the operator and managing body of Bahrain International Airport. Since assuming the responsibility of managing and operating it in 2010, BAC has cemented BIA’s reputation as an attractive hub for airlines and passengers.

Despite the dip during the pandemic, tourism in Bahrain has been rising steadily. According to the Bahrain Economic Development Board’s annual report (www.bahrainedb.com), the Kingdom welcomed three million tourists in the third quarter of 2022 alone. The BTEA was established in 2015. ✤