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The Bahrain Economic Development Board revealed that its investment in Bahrain’s tourism infrastructure reached over USD13 billion.

The figure covers 14 prominent projects that will further boost growth in the country’s tourism and leisure sector.The sector witnessed rapid growth, with the total number of tourists visiting the Kingdom increasing by 12.8 percent in the first nine months of 2017.

As part of these developments, Bahrain International Airport is undergoing a USD1.1 billion modernisation programme, set to increase passenger capacity from nine to 14 million per year by 2020. This will go hand in hand with the new five and four-star hotels and resorts in the tourism development pipeline. Other infrastructure investment projects include the development of a number of shopping malls such as Dilmunia Mall and the Marassi Galleria shopping complex.