History

1967 OctoberReclamation and construction begin.

1968 OctoberThe GULF HOTEL opens its doors to the public.

1977 SeptemberTower Block construction begins.

1980Mr. Mohamed Jassim Buzizi becomes the first Bahraini to be appointed as General Manager. The new wing, Tower Block, opens with 240 rooms.

1981Awal Ballroom opens.

1983Furusato Japanese restaurant opens. Later re-named SATO when taken over by the hotel.

1984SHERLOCK HOLMES English Pub opens.

1985 AugustThe Health Club and LA PERGOLA Italian Restaurant open, followed by the newly refurbished AL WAHA Café Restaurant.

1988Launching of Bahrain’s premiere poolside extravaganza – GULF NIGHT OUT.

1990Mr. Mohamed Buzizi becomes General Manager of Gulf Hotels Group.
Mr. Aqeel Raees takes over as General Manager of Gulf Hotel.
ZAHLE Lebanese Restaurant opens.

1992Mr. Mohamed Buzizi becomes the Chief Executive of Gulf Hotels Group.
Business Centre, with its two meeting rooms, opens.

1994Completion of the refurbishment of Tower Block rooms, opening of two Executive Floors and a lounge.
Stars Bar, roof top nook offering a panoramic view of the Manama skyline opens.

1996China Garden Restaurant opens.

1997 MayThe grandest exhibition and convention facility in Bahrain, the Gulf International Convention and Exhibition Centre opens.

1999The GULF HOTEL celebrates its 30th anniversary.

2001Stars Bar converted into FUSIONS Restaurant, a new concept in cuisine, where East meets West.

2002The new tropically landscaped poolside opens with waterfalls, whirlpool, lagoon style pool and kids’ play pool.
Royal Thai Restaurant opens.

2003Refurbishment of the South Wing rooms.

2004Takht Jamsheed Iranian Restaurant opens.
Ocean Paradise Resort in Zanzibar opens.

2006The opening of the Gulf Executive Residence March 2006.
The re-opening and new location of the Sherlock Holmes Bar and Restaurant. October 2006.
The complete refurbishment of the Japanese restaurant Sato October 2006.

2007Complete renovation of the Gulf Hotel’s Tower Block

2009Addition of the new 90 seat Margarita Mexican Restaurant
Addition of the trendy Vintage Wine Bar
Management Agreement signed to operate the 234 room K Hotel in Juffair, Bahrain.

2010 Completion of the 7000m² Gulf Executive Offices and 600 bay multi-storey car park
Opening of the Gulf Executive Offices & Multi-Storey Car Park
Purchase of Bahrain Family Leisure shares reaching 28.05% at 2010 year end.

2011The K Hotel opens for business
Gulf Hotels Group signs a Management Agreement to operate the 173 unit Gulf Suites Hotel Amwaj.

2014 Purchase of Block 338
Opening of the Gulf Laundry Services

2015 Opening of the renowned Indian restaurant Rasoi by Vineet

2016 Opening of the 3,100sq.m Gulf Spa
Opening of the Asdal Gulf Inn
Opening of the Gulf Suites Hotel Amwaj
Acquisition of 100% of the shares of Bahrain Tourism Company (Crowne Plaza)

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