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Asia’s Finest Hotels Bahrain Review

The Kingdom of Bahrain’s small size and central location among its larger,neighbouring Persian Gulf countries require it to play a delicate balancing act in foreign affairs to preserve independence over its low-lying archipelago covering a mere 256 square miles, a bit smaller than Singapore. Traditionally traders with a strong coastal-maritime background, the Bahrainis have in post-World War II years relied more on their mineral-oil fortune. However, facing declining oil reserves, Bahrain has recently turned to petroleum processing and refining, while concurrently transforming itself into an international banking centre.

As Middle-Eastern countries go, Bahrain is a well-developed modern society, independent from British protection since 1971 and with a Legal system based on Islamic law and English common law. The new Amir, installed in 1999, has pushed economic and political reforms and has worked to improve relations with the Shi’a community.

In February 2001, Bahraini voters approved a referendum on the National Action Charter - the centrepiece of the Amir’s political liberalisation programme. In February 2002, Amir Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa proclaimed himself king. In October 2002, Bahrainis elected members of the lower house of Bahrain’s reconstituted bicameral legislature, the National Assembly.

With its highly developed communication and transport facilities, mustering 4 airports, Bahrain is home to numerous multinational firms with business in the Gulf. Bahrain is dependent on Saudi Arabia for oil granted as aid. A large share of exports consist of petroleum products made from refining imported crude. Construction proceeds on several major industrial projects.

The 12-Floor Regency Intercontinental is but a step away from the largest souk, or market, in Manama, Bahrain’s dynamic capital city. This fine hotel, housing 327 guest rooms and suites, is ideally located for business and pleasure. Set in the commercial area of the city and well equipped for business use, visitors will find that all their expectations will besatisfied, if not exceeded, recreation included.

A high level of service comes as standard amid
elegantly furnished rooms and a soothing, warm décor, supported by an excellent selection of international cuisine available from the classic Versailles Restaurant, one of the 5 splendid, in-house eateries, plus a lively ocktail lounge available to guests.

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