Bahrain hosts the 2017 Skal International Asia’s Annual Area Congress


The 46th Skal Asian Area Congress was held in the Kingdom of Bahrain from May 12-15, 2017. This is the fourth time Skal Bahrain hosted the Asian Area Congress. The first was in 1983 followed by congresses in 1991, 2000 and now in 2017.

The Asian Area Congress 2017 in Bahrain was well attended with Skal leagues from all corners of the world. Skal leagues from Argentina, United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, USA and the Asian Area clubs under the Presidency of Asian Area President Robert Sohn attended the Congress.

The Congress took place at the Gulf Hotel with Sheikh Khalid Bin Humood Al Khalifa, Chief Executive of the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority making the address during the Opening Ceremony of the Congress. Sheikh Khalid in his address pointed out that the tourism developments such as the $1 billion dream project of a new Bahrain Airport, a six percent increase in the tourism sector in Bahrain, 12.2 million arrivals last year, five  new five-star resort and hotels being built and that Skål has provided a good platform for the tourism sector in Bahrain and around the globe.

In his speech, Skal Bahrain President, Mohd. Buzizi, said, “We have put together an interesting and comprehensive program for all of the 125 delegates attending. There is growing interest in the heritage, history, culture and cuisine that makes Bahrain such a special destination.”

Other speakers at the conference included David Fisher, President of Skål International and the Asian Area President Robert Sohn. The Congress programme also included the Skal Asian Area Annual General Meeting for the election of the Board of Officers for the period 2017 to 2019.The Skal Asian Area President Robert Sohn was re-elected unanimously along with the other Board members.