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The power and reach of tourism has been abundantly discussed. Given the economic profits reaped from tourism, its promotion has become a popular economic strategy for many communities. In the Arab world in general and in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states in particular, the tourism industry is still in its infancy. For example, Bahrain did not establish a tourism watchdog until 2010. This was set up as a 10-member body in charge of the tourism sector and operating as an independent entity under the Culture Ministry.

It is not possible to fully understand tourism and development in Bahrain without understanding its geographical and social relationship with Saudi Arabia. The two GCC states are physically connected by the King Fahd Causeway, which is the most prominent ...

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