Gulf Air Will Fly To Tel Aviv Next Month And Will Partner With El Al; Ritz Carlton Bahrain Now Offering A Kosher Menu!

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Gulf Air announced plans to launch 2 weekly flights between Manama, Bahrain and Tel Aviv starting on 1/7/21.

They also signed a memorandum of understanding with El Al to create a partnership and look into codesharing possibilities.

One of El Al’s big weaknesses has been their inability to offer connections in Tel Aviv. They’ll have to figure that out in order to have real reciprocal partnerships.

Gulf Air was originally based in Abu Dhabi, but the Emirate of Abu Dhabi created Etihad to become the 2nd flag carrier of the UAE. Oman and Qatar also pulled out of Gulf Air, which left the airline owned by the state of Bahrain. The airline shrunk from an international player to a regional player, with a focus on flights to the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.

Bahrain allows travelers into the country and tests them upon arrival. The country is on Israel’s “Green country” list, so Israelis won’t have to quarantine upon returning from there and they can meet up with family abroad there. They can also split time between there and the UAE to spend 14 days in green countries after being in a red country in order to return to Israel without needing to quarantine.

In other Bahraini news, The Marriott Bonvoy category 7 Ritz-Carlton Bahrain now offers a kosher menu! They are currently getting meals from Arieh Wagner/Starguest, but they are in the process of opening their own kosher kitchen!

Will you visit Bahrain?

HT: tavster, via DDF

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I’d be open to visiting, but what is there to do in Bahrain?


It’s an impressive menu..
But 33 BHD is +/- $90 :-/
I can see myself expensing that for business meals there, or special occasions.. but not for day to day


Crazy world we live in..
Who would have picture in-house kosher kitchen in luxury hotels.. and especially in Dubai, Bahrain..

Chaim F

I’d visit the UAE, and possibly Bahrain.

Can I find kosher food in the local grocery stores there, or will I be limited to fruits and vegetables?

Dan\'s the Man

You can buy expensive imported goods from Europe and the USA


Do they allow wine in these countries?

Dan\'s the Man

Yes just don’t drink in public


Amazing not one luxury hotel in the us has such a thing. Its a shame that a marriot hotel and a hyatt are of the few non kosher hotels in israel.

Nat Zitomer

There hasn’t been a Hyatt hotel anywhere in Israel in a decade or more.

There are a few hotels in Israel under Marriott brands; AFAIK, all of them are kosher. But if a particular hotel opts to be non-kosher, that’s their business decision, and you’re not obligated in any way to stay there.