Bahrain International Airport
One of the busiest airports in the Middle East, Bahrain International Airport flies nine million passengers a year from its one hectic terminal. The airport is currently undergoing expansion, expected to be completed in 2015. The 8km taxi ride to the centre of the island's capital Manama takes 15 minutes.
The award-winning Bahrain Duty Free company operates all the airport's shopping outlets, with most of the stores centrally located between Gates 14 and 15. Most of the brands are high-end - choose from perfumes, digital cameras and MP3 players, liquor and tobacco. There is also a Bahrain and Arab Tourist Gift Court, where you can pick up Bahraini handicrafts, dates, pastries, halwa and Arabic perfume, among other regional specialities.
Don't be surprised to see a Mercedes or Range Rover on show: they are probably the prizes in the latest Special Draw raffle.
Passengers can make the most of a transit through Bahrain International Airport by browsing and shopping online then collecting on arrival.
Wireless internet access is available throughout the airport. There are also internet facilities at Al Dana Business Center.
East & Drink
Usually pretty crowded, most of the eating options are in Departures after check-in. Most places are informal, serving snack food. Try a burger at local fast-food joint Jasmis or Dairy Queen, and pizza at Papa John's. For more formal dining, the fourth-floor Sky Restaurant has a fine dining area with Arabic and European food. This and the adjacent Sky Bar offer superb runway views. Get your caffeine kick at Costa Coffee, or a latte with a fresh bun at Cinnabon.