First Conrad Hotel to launch in kingdom of Bahrain
12/30/2008|11:48:00 AM|Etravelblackboardasia
Tuesday, December 30, 2008: Hilton Hotels Corporation (HHC) today announced that it has signed a management agreement with Diyar Al Bahrain, to open the first Conrad hotel in the Kingdom of Bahrain in 2011.

The Conrad Bahrain, will be located in one of Bahrain’s most luxurious developments, the newly-built Reef Island off Bahrain’s capital city Manama and will feature 250 guest rooms and 50 apartments.

Ross Klein, Global Head, Hilton Family of Hotels, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands said, “This announcement emphasises our goal to really strengthen our luxury offering on a global scale. The Conrad Bahrain epitomizes the Conrad lifestyle with its high-tech offerings, distinct modern design, best-in-class service and customised experiences. The hotel will build on the successes of the Conrad Cairo and will also complement our properties under development; Conrad Dubai and Conrad Abu Dhabi.”

Mr Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Jasmi, Chairman of Diyar Al Bahrain said, “We are delighted to have signed this landmark management agreement with Hilton Hotels Corporation for the launch of the first Conrad hotel in the Kingdom of Bahrain. This alliance is the result of extensive due diligence and hospitality industry analysis. The Conrad brand supported by the strong Hilton engine really epitomises luxury, and is in perfect synergy with Diyar Al Bahrain’s business strategy of developing value- added alliances in all areas of operations.”

Bahrain is the Gulf region’s financial hub and offers zero corporate tax policy for businesses and a transparent regulatory system. Located a short distance from Manama’s Central Business District and the Bahrain Financial Harbour, the Conrad Bahrain will be a key destination for business travellers.

The hotel will offer easy accessibility to the international airport, to the new sea port and to the causeway to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A new causeway, set to be the longest bridge connection in the world, and scheduled to complete in 2013, will provide an additional link between Bahrain and Qatar.