STAYING IN BAHRAIN
The Kingdom of Bahrain has a reputation as one of the leading commercial centres of the Middle East; however more recently the city-state has started to garner attention for its tourism potential. Of course, business is still very much front and centre for many of the island nation's 1.2 million inhabitants, which includes half from overseas countries including neighbouring Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Yet, behind the glittering, futuristic skyscrapers that seem to rise like a mirage out of the waters of the Arabian Gulf, travellers to Bahrain will find plenty to see and do. Culture buffs will love the historical sites, contemporary art galleries, and places of pilgrimage. Night owls will enjoy the city-state's rooftop bars and outdoor dining, and explorers will revel in discovering fascinating markets and a wealth of local experiences. And of course, the annual Grand Prix is a must-see for those who feel the need for speed.