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BY Andrew Doherty


WTM 2017: Bahrain: Pearl diving predicted to be major tourism draw in 2018

The pursuit, which has been illegal in Bahrain for the last 80 years, is now available for visitors to the island kingdom.

Diving for pearls in Bahrain

"Pearl diving will be one of our major attractions in 2018. At the end of the day it’s a very unique experience."

Speaking to TTG at WTM London, Khaled Bin Humood Al-Khalifa, chief executive officer at The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority, said that visitors will have the chance to keep any pearls that they find.


“Pearl diving will be one of our major attractions in 2018. At the end of the day it’s a very unique experience. Historically it’s a piece of heritage in Bahrain that we are very proud of.”


The pearl diving excursions, based out of Ras Rayyah Port, offer clients the chance to collect up to 60 oysters. Participants must purchase a pearl diving pass either online or at the port prior to making the dive. Clients can visit to enquire about pass prices.


Speaking of the Tourism and Exhibition Authorities key message at WTM London, Al-Khalifa said that the nation wanted to shout about the hospitality of its citizens.


“The people of Bahrain are our biggest asset. Our brand positioning reflects this, ‘Ours, Yours’, we want to give visitors a true authentic experience. This is something that money can’t buy.”

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