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Bahrain’s hospitality sector grows 18%, helping Q2 GDP up 6.9%

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The hotels and restaurants sector recorded the most robust growth of 18.1 percent, followed by the transport and communication sector at 15.1 percent

Bahrain’s gross domestic product rose 6.9 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2022, posting the biggest annual increase since 2011, Bahrain News Agency reported, citing the Ministry of Finance and National Economy.

The positive economic growth was driven by the strong performance of the non-oil sectors targeted by the Economic Recovery Plan.

The hotels and restaurants sector recorded the most robust growth of 18.1 percent, followed by the transport and communication sector at 15.1 percent.

The manufacturing sector grew by 7.6 percent as a result of an increase in total production from Bahrain Petroleum Company, Bahrain National Gas Company and Aluminum Bahrain.

Major infrastructure projects financed by the GCC Development Fund have witnessed notable growth in Q2 2022 due to awarded contracts reaching $100 million.

The total value of awarded projects reached $6.1 billion in 2022, an increase of 8.2 percent year-on-year. The awarded projects included Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Specialist Cardiac Center, Janabiya Highway and Sports City.

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