Once the seat of the ancient Dilmun Empire, Bahrain is a place where history and modernity collide. Its pearl-diving heritage and rugged, ancient forts coexist with its dazzling 21st century capital, Manama, and a world-class Formula 1 Grand Prix. For millennia Bahrain has been one of the most significant trading and commerce centres in the Gulf, and the island kingdom’s rich culture imbues business with a longstanding sense of tradition. In Islamic countries hospitality and welcome is central to life, whether personal or business and entertaining clients is key to success. From sophisticated lounges and desert safari adventures to private dhow cruises, here are the best ways to impress clients in Bahrain.
Play a round at the Royal Golf Club
An immaculately manicured green oasis in the centre of Bahrain Island, the Royal Golf Club offers a unique golfing experience. Developed in partnership with golfing legend, Colin Montgomerie, its 18-hole, 72-par championship course is the perfect place to take your clients for a friendly round or two. Perhaps the best way to spoil your associates is with Royal Golf Club’s Corporate Golf Experience package. Kicking off with a PGA Professional-led master class, the day amps up the competitive fun with an enjoyable tournament and closes with a prize-giving ceremony. Following a successful tee-off, toast your golfing day at Royal Golf Club’s stylish Repartee lounge.
Experience the finest Cuban cigars at Havana Club Cigars & Finery
Nothing spells successful businessman quite like reclining in splendid surroundings with a rare, hand-rolled Cuban cigar. Jumeirah Royal Saray
’s exquisite Havana Club Cigars & Finery lounge offers the widest selection of cigars in Bahrain. Whether your clients are cigar connoisseurs or new to the pleasures of fine tobacco, the elegant lounge won’t fail to impress. Its dark, wood panelled walls and rich leather banquettes evoke the sophistication of a classic English gentleman’s club, while the excellent drinks list means you can complement your cigar of choice with a suitably smoky tipple.
Watch Arabian horses race at Rashid Equestrian and Horseracing Club
Strong, fast and impossibly beautiful, there is something truly magical about Arabian horses. With the thunder of hooves racing across the palm-lined track and the cheers of excitement in the air, a visit to Rashid Equestrian and Horseracing Club will exhilarate your clients. Racing season is from October to May each year and the highlight of Bahrain’s horse racing calendar is the Bahrain International Trophy. Expect warm Arabian hospitality and pulse-raising excitement at each race.
Head out on desert safari
If you really want to make a lasting impression on your business associates, taking them out on desert safari will gift them with the experience of a lifetime. Far from deserted, Bahrain’s sandy wilderness teems with wonders to be discovered. Head out on a guided 4x4 excursion to discover treasures like the mysterious Tree of Life; an ancient tree standing alone at Bahrain’s highest point, whose existence defies nature. Or take a trip back into Bahrain’s mining past at its first oil well in the heart of Jebel Dukhan or witness the Kingdom’s ancient roots at A’Ali Burial Mounds. The vast expanse of undulating sand mounds are a sight to behold, especially at sunset as the sun’s path creates dramatic shadows.
Take a private Dhow cruise
One of the finest ways to see the island Kingdom of Bahrain is from the water. Charter a traditional dhow to glide clients around the azure Arabian Gulf surrounded by leaping pods of dolphins. With the island’s coastline at your fingertips, spend the day discovering hidden and secluded bays before dropping anchor for a snorkel and some lunch. Alternatively, why not get acquainted with Bahrain’s pearl heritage by taking a pearl diving tour to see if you can find your own treasure of the deep?