The Fontaine area
La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art
A historical monument dating back 150 years, the centre is built in an authentic Islamic style, yet its renovated towers are reminiscent of a European château. These towers are unique to the garden area of the house, called Fontaine area – a space that can welcome up to 300 guests. La Fontaine also features art galleries and an open-air amphitheatre.
Contact: +973 17230123 / lafontaineartcentre.net
The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain
This five-star hotel boasts a private beach that sweeps around to a picturesque lagoon and private island. It is ideal for events of up to 600 in reception style. Other outdoor venues to consider include the Croquet Lawn for up to 400 people and Al Khayma tent for up to 300, as well as the private garden or the villa gazebo.
Contact: +973 17580000 / ritzcarlton.com/bahrain
ART Rotana Amwaj
Making the most of its impressive setting, the hotel’s private island can accommodate 100 for a sit down buffet or 250 for a cocktail reception. For more intimate events, the pool area has a capacity of up to 80 people for seated dinners and 200 people for receptions. The hotel can also help organise events around the Dancing Fountain for up to 1,500 people depending on the requirements.
Contact: +973 16000111 / rotana.com
Bahrain International Circuit
Capture the excitement of the Formula One Grand Prix by hosting your event at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC). Almost every area of the circuit is available to hire but the 40,000 square foot Entertainment Plaza is ideal for larger outdoor events. Located behind the Main Grandstand, it is also the site for the circuit’s National Day celebrations.
Contact: +973 17450000 / bahraingp.com
Four Seasons Bahrain Bay
Planners looking to ‘wow’ can welcome groups with an outdoor reception on The Lawn, which boasts stunning views of the Manama skyline. The property, located on a private island, boasts 3,272 square metres of function space and a maximum capacity for 900 guests for receptions. This includes two ballrooms, an expansive terrace and lawn, and Sky Bridge meeting rooms.
Contact: +973 17115000 / fourseasons.com/bahrain
Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq
Thalassa Sea & Spa
A stand out venue for events at this luxury property on the beaches of Zallaq is the palm-filled Sofi Island. Planners can call on the expertise of an Inspired Meetings concierge to organise everything from custom layouts and creative catering combined with accommodation packages and leisure activities.
Contact: +973 17636363 / sofitel.com
On with the show
Al Dana Hall
The Gulf Hotel Bahrain
Convention & Spa
There are 29 venues to choose from at the hotel’s convention centre, which offers one of the largest meeting and event spaces in the Kingdom. A key feature is Al Dana Hall, which stretches to 1,604 square metres and, including the pre-function area, can accommodate up to 3,000 guests for receptions and 1,260 for an elegant banquet. For bigger events and conferences, the Exhibition Hall can hold 75 booths and boasts direct drive-in access, a built-in stage, power supply units and light rigs, as well as the option to divide the hall into multiple conference areas.
Contact: +973 17713000 / gulfhotelbahrain.com
Crowne Plaza Bahrain
With an adjoining Conference Centre that is part of the hotel complex, Crowne Plaza Bahrain is an established player in the meeting and event market. The main ballroom or banquet hall – the largest space at the property – can host up to 1,700 guests and can be subdivided into four areas to cater for simultaneous functions. It also has a larger foyer area and its own separate entrance and parking. It is complemented by eight smaller boardrooms and meeting rooms that are ideal for breakout sessions. Organisers can work with the dedicated Crowne Meetings Team to plan and create a tailored event for special occasions.
Contact: +973 17531122 / cp-bahrain.com
Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa
The property’s spacious 800 square metre ballroom is capable of hosting up to 600 guests and can be adapted to suit all needs, with a breakout area available for pre-function events. Floor to ceiling windows create an inviting ambience, day or night. There’s also a choice of five boardrooms equipped with modern audio and visual technology, allowing planners to build an impressive itinerary at this popular property close to the city centre.
Contact: +973 17111999, rameegrandbahrain.com
Beyond the ordinary
Al Areen Palace & Spa Bahrain
Set in tranquil surrounds, Al Areen Palace & Spa Bahrain features top facilities equipped with the latest technology, including Wi-Fi across the entire property and special access to a business centre. Venues include Nadwah, which is appropriate for about 500 people in theatre-style, through to smaller spaces such as Retaj that can host receptions for up to 100. Outdoor catering and team building can also be arranged.
Contact: +973 17845000 / alareenpalace.com
The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa
Planners can take meetings to the next level at Al Fanar, which carves a niche as Bahrain’s only rooftop event venue. The state-of-the-art conference space boasts the latest audiovisual equipment. Take advantage of Radisson Blu’s Brain Food concept, which provides optimum nutrition thanks to the use of fresh, local ingredients, as well as fast, free internet across the hotel.
Contact: +973 17531666 / radissonblu.com
Al Noor Tent
Elite Resort & Spa Muharraq
Make the most of the banqueting and catering options at this property by hosting a group dinner in Al Noor Tent. This elegant poolside venue, which boasts sea views, can seat up to 600 guests. The in-house Le Cuistot team is able to cater to events of all sizes.
Contact: +973 17558200 / elitegrouphotels.com
Al Rifaa Ballroom
InterContinental Regency Bahrain
Natural light flooding meeting spaces is a key part of the proposition. The Al Rifaa Ballroom can accommodate up to 600 people in reception style and there are smaller meeting rooms and boardrooms. The exclusive Insider Collection provides a range of delegate experiences with local flavour, from off-site team-building activities through to stimulating local speakers.
Contact: +973 17227777 / intercontinental.com/manama
Outside the box
Bahrain National Theatre
One of the most impressive venues in the Kingdom, Bahrain National Theatre regularly hosts musical events. The 1,001-seat theatre also hosts cultural activities, including the 39th Annual Bahrain Fine Arts Festival, as well as press conferences and awards ceremonies. There’s an outdoor hall that overlooks the lake, as well as a smaller hall that can accommodate up to 100 people.
Bahrain National Museum
An icon for heritage and history, Bahrain National Museum houses nine main halls with the accumulated heritage of the Kingdom of Bahrain classified into six different sections. It is also host to a number of events, including the Spring of Culture festival.
Capital Club Bahrain
Located at Bahrain Financial Harbour (BFH), Capital Club Bahrain occupies the 51st and 52nd floors of the East Tower and offers panoramic views. There are a number of meeting rooms available exclusively to members that are ideal for everything from receptions to lunches.
Contact: +973 17100100/capitalclubbahrain.com
Le Méridien Bahrain City Centre
Home to six meeting spaces with connecting options plus a foyer, Le Méridien Bahrain City Centre has something to suit all requirements. From the 113 square metre Dana, which can cater to up to 100 delegates in reception style, to the compact Raas meeting room that’s ideal for smaller training sessions and meetings of up to 30 people theatre style. Full-service catering, including customised menus adds a special touch.
Contact: 973 17171111 / lemeridienbahraincitycentre.com
Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain
Situated opposite Bahrain International Airport, the award winning Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain is the first hotel to mark the skyline of the historic town of Muharraq. Its Al Murjan Ballroom and five additional meeting rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The property’s Meeting & Dine events team works with planners to create bespoke events.
Contact: +973 17460000 / moevenpick.com
Mercure Grand Hotel Seef
Designed with high-end board meetings, product launches, presentations and team meetings in mind, the selection of spaces at Mercure Grand Hotel Seef is sure to impress. Meeting and seminar spaces span from 48 to 56 square metres and are capable of accommodating up to 70 people. The hotel also offers sophisticated culinary options to consider.
Contact: +973 17584400, mercurebahrain.com
Novotel Bahrain Al Dana Resort
Boasting a central location and with 129 superior guestrooms and 37 suites, this four-star hotel is a popular choice with a number of meeting venues fit for seminars and conferences. Hawar is the largest venue with capacity for up to 100 people theatre style. Al Baineh, Jaradah and Noon comprise the smaller meeting rooms all featuring plenty of natural daylight. Two additional mid-sized spaces complete the offering.
Contact: +973 17298008 / novotel.com