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Infrastructure upgrades boost international trade

With its strategic central location, Bahrain already provides superb access and connectivity for companies doing business across the GCC and wider MENA region.

Our proximity to Saudi Arabia, in particular, offers tremendous scope for export to one of the Gulf’s biggest markets, with its US $727 billion GDP.
 
But Bahrain’s proposition as ‘The Gateway to the Gulf’ is due to become even more compelling for investors through significant investment in key road, air and rail infrastructure projects.
 
New 25 km causeway to Saudi Arabia

Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have been linked since 1986 by the King Fahd Causeway. With a 30-minute drive time, the causeway has become so successful, each year it transports around 19.7 million passengers, 8 million vehicles and goods worth over US $9 million.
A new link, the King Hamad Causeway, will relieve pressure on the original causeway, now one of the Gulf’s most congested roads.
 
The new causeway is expected to take around four years to build and cost about US $5 billion. In parallel, the King Fahd Causeway will be improved to the tune of US $159 million up to 2040.
 
A key component of the GCC railway network
 
King Hamad Causeway won’t just carry road vehicles, but also freight and passenger trains.
 
It will therefore be a critical part of the 2,177 km GCC railway network that will link all Gulf countries by 2018. The network is expected to create around 50,000 jobs and cost up to US $200 billion.
 
Bahrain International Airport to expand
 
The Bahrain government has committed BD 347 million (around US $920 million) to give Bahrain International Airport (BIA) a major five-year overhaul. The investment will help increase cargo flows and passenger traffic, and is vital to supporting the Bahrain economy.
More than 40 airlines, including the national carrier, Gulf Air, fly from Bahrain International Airport (BIA) to over 50 destinations worldwide, and demand is growing rapidly.
 
Today, BIA carries more than 300,000 tonnes of cargo a year; its international cargo handling facility will soon reach one million tonnes a year – comparable to London Heathrow – with the ability to turn round 27 large cargo planes at any time.
 
On completion, the airport expects to increase passenger capacity to 13½ million a year through enhanced infrastructure and services.