Discover Istanbul with Gulf Air

June 23, 2016
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In 1986 Gulf Air launched its first flight to Istanbul, Turkey. It has been 30 fruitful years since the Gulf Air brand was officially introduced to the Turkish market and Bahrain’s national carrier has never looked back. With 5 direct weekly flights, the airline’s Istanbul service is an integral network component – part of a network that currently serves 39 cities in 22 countries spanning three continents.

The airline’s newly appointed Country Manager for Turkey, Mr. Shadi Raweh, is a seasoned aviation professional, with over 15 years’ experience and an in-depth, working knowledge of the aviation and travel industry. Shadi has covered several management roles both within Gulf Air and in other industry organisations. He previously held the position of Country Manager for Yemen, initially for IATA in 2004 and later for Gulf Air in 2008.

Gulf Air’s 5 weekly flights to Turkey’s cultural capital provide easy access to a prominent tourist destination that is steeped in history while retaining its positioning as a truly modern metropolis. Historically also known as Constantinople and Byzantium, Istanbul is the most populous city in Turkey boasting a wealth of historic, cultural, artistic and culinary delights.

If you are looking to experience a Turkish bath head for one of the oldest in the world, Cagaloglu hammam, to savour the sight of its high-domed ceilings, marble fountains and interior garden or indulge in the typically Turkish bathing experience. Aya Sofya – the famous church-turned-mosque-turned museum is a marvel unto itself while nearby are the equally awe-inspiring Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, home to generations of sultans and their wives, with breath taking views over the Sea of Marmara, Bosphorus and Golden Horn.

Cuisine: For Gulf Air’s Falcon Gold travellers who enjoyed meals prepared for them by the airline’s renowned Sky Chefs onboard their flight to Istanbul, the city’s culinary offering is both distinctive and unique including:

Turkish coffee: strong, thick and best served with a fresh piece of Turkish Delight, baklava, or a slice of mozaik cake to take the bitter aftertaste away.

Döner: a slow cooked meat sandwich, made with chicken, lamb, or beef and served with vegetables, spices, and garlic yogurt.

Lokum / Turkish Delight: a nougat dessert served with a variety of flavours and fillings and often topped with powdered sugar.

Pide – often called “Turkish Pizza” a boat-shaped flatbread served with a variety of toppings, often minced meat or spinach and cheese.

Gulf Air currently operates 5 weekly flights between Istanbul and Bahrain and flights can be booked online at gulfair.com, by calling the airline’s 24 hour Worldwide Contact Centre on (+973) 17373737, or through any local Gulf Air Office and approved travel agencies.

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