SLA-AGC Conference Online Registration is closed , we will have Onsite Registration on Monday 6th of March from 4:00 PM to 7:00 ِPM and Tuesday 7th of March from 7:30 AM to 11:00 ِAM, The registration will take place at front of Muharraq ballroom, Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel. We look forward to welcome you all next week in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

About SLA

Information about the Special Libraries Association (SLA)

The Special Libraries Association "SLA" is a specialized global organization founded in 1909 with Head Office in the United States. It adopts innovations of specialists and professionals in the field of information and libraries. SLA serves more than 12,000 members in 83 countries in the information profession, including corporate, academic and government information specialists. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, incentives, and networking initiatives.

SLA members are professionals working in economic firms, private companies, Governmental Departments, Scientific Centers and Institutes, museums, Medical Service Centers and consulting agencies. The mission of SLA is developing the concept of professional leadership for the Specialists in libraries and information centers including shaping information policies for serving our communities.

The Arabian Gulf Chapter was established in the year 1992 through the initiative of Aramco Library Staff and later a number of professionals in the Arabian Gulf area joined this branch. The Bahraini Ministry of Information adopted this branch and therefore the Head Office was established in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The Arabian Gulf Chapter "AGC" used to hold his annual conference in one of the Arabian Gulf Countries where professional's members of the AGC Board of Directors supervise the programs. The Arabian Gulf Chapter Publishes a Quarterly Newsletter for distribution to the members and organizes two workshops annually in addition to the Exhibition accompanying its annual Conference in which they usually demonstrate the latest state –of-art technology in the field of Libraries and Information Centers.

Objectives of SLA

  • Develops a professional relationship between information specialist and Libraries in the region.
  • Promotes and raise levels of the Libraries and Information Centers to meet the profession challenges.
  • Responds to profession requirements and needs of Libraries and Information Specialists.
  • Organizes meetings and conferences for Libraries and Information Specialists.
  • Plans and prepares educational programs such as workshops, lectures, meetings and conferences.

Board of Directors:

The Arabian Gulf Chapter "AGC" is managed and supervised by an annually elected Board of Directors in addition to the President. The Board of Directors meets three times per year to discuss and approve the working plan, the budget and the Conference. A number of Information and Libraries Specialists have assumed the position of AGC President since its establishment.

Conferences and Exhibitions:

The Arabian Gulf Chapter "AGC" organizes its annual conference in one of the Gulf "GCC" countries every year periodically. Thus all specialists in the field of Information and Libraries have the chance to meet their colleagues in the Gulf countries to exchange ideas and information related to their scientific specialties .In addition ,an annual exhibition is also conducted besides the Conference to exhibit the latest products and services in the field of information. A number of leading international companies usually participate in this exhibition.

Training Courses:

The Arabian Gulf Chapter "AGC" conducts training courses under the sponsorship of the Academic and Scientific Corporations. These training courses address a variety of recent topics in the field of Information and Libraries and concentrate on strengthening and improving the staff members.

Publications:

The Arabian Gulf Chapter "AGC" publishes a periodical Newsletter that covers topics of particular importance in the region such as future activities ,conferences, symposiums, seminars and workshops in addition to reports about the Chapter activities and topics on the profession issues.

Membership:

The Special Libraries Association- Arabian Gulf Chapter membership is given to individuals and corporations within the territories of the Gulf Cooperative Council 'GCC" Countries ( Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Oman Sultanate) in addition to members from Arab and Foreign countries. The members get free copies of the Newsletter in addition to special discounts for conferences, exhibitions, training courses and Society publications.

About Bahrain

The Kingdom of Bahrain is an archipelago of 33 islands located in the heart of the Arabian Gulf. Bahrain is an Arabic word which literally means two seas. The reason behind its naming is that it contains two sources of water; sweet water from its pure springs, and salty water from the surrounding seas. The other reason is due to the existence of the North and South waters of the gulf, which separate Bahrain from the Iranian and Arabic coast.
Bahrain has grown substantially in the past 10 years. During the beginnings of the millennium, Bahrain realized that its oil reserves are diminishing, and are no longer a dependable source for the countries' income. Therefore, finding a new source for Bahrain to keep growing was ultimately necessary. Since then, Bahrain channeled its efforts into diversifying its economy through being open to new businesses, and starting up new promising developments and projects.

Transportation

Bahrain has a decent bus service which links most of the major towns with Manama and Muharraq. Also, renting a car is another way of getting around and getting into more specific areas, but you'll need an International Driving Permit. To make things easier, taxis are frequently found driving around the streets. They are also found in all malls and souk stops.

Weather

The best time to visit Bahrain is during November through April. Although it can get quiet cool in January and February, the cold is not oppressive. Nevertheless, between November and December, the weather is free from heat haze yet sunny, and with a cool breeze. Rain on the other hand is not very frequent. However when it does rain, it's usually in winter.
Capital
Manama
Time Zone
GMT +3
Area Code
+(973)
Currency
Bahrain uses Bahraini Dinars "BD" or "BHD", which is almost equivalent to 2.66 US Dollars.
For more information about Bahrain please visit the Business Friendly Bahrain website
www.bahrain.com

Why visit Bahrain

Bahrain is a unique land with a line of ancient history. Unlike the neighboring gulf regions, Bahrain has a reputation of being the most liberal and modern Arabian Gulf state, which makes it the most favorable place to start with if your experience is new to the gulf. Although Bahrain is moving towards a more modernized lifestyle and its development happened quite fast, its people still hold on to and embrace their tradition. For those of you who admire opening up and exploring new cultures, you're in for a treat, as Bahrain is rich with its tradition and heritage. Bahrain takes serious responsibility in preserving its archeological digs and monuments. In Addition, traditional neighborhoods and souks still exist. Another beneficiary aspect is the British influence over Bahrain. This made the English language widely spoken; in fact, after Arabic, English is the most common language spoken in Bahrain. As for the people of Bahrain, they are very welcoming, and are known for their hospitality and generosity.
Aside from the culture and heritage, Bahrain has also developed substantially in terms of technology and information systems. Since the internet's first appearance in Bahrain in 1995, Bahrain has multiplied its effort in catching up and coping with the technological advances around the world. Bahrain took interest in establishing societies that deal with pure technology; how to implement it in our daily lives, and how will they improve it. Furthermore, Bahrain has tried to take advantage of the knowledge and technical advancement they possess and used it for the development of many sectors such as health, and education. The level of awareness regarding IT and technology has also increased significantly in comparison to five years ago. Now, Bahrain is considered to be one of the most up-to-date countries technologically in the Arabian Peninsula.

Places to visit :

Historical Attractions

  • Bahrain National Museum
    Located at the intersection of Al-Fatih Highway and Shaikh Hamad Bridge, the Bahrain national Museum was officially open in December 1988 to become one of the most recent and largest museums in the Middle East. The Museum consists of several exhibition halls covering the history of Bahrain from ancient times as pre-historic as the Stone Age, up to the pre-oil period.
  • Bahrain Fort
    Although very near to downtown Manama, the fort is isolated from the hustle and bustle of the city. The whole site is an archaeological treasure. The fort was built around the early 1500's. The fort was built by the Portuguese as a military base, as they took over Bahrain to help protect their trade routes between India, Africa and Europe.
For more Historical Attractions please visit this link

Islands

  • Durrat al Bahrain: Bahrain's most inspiring development, Durrat Al Bahrain is located on the south coas. This development has been created across a cluster of 15 spectacular islands. It will host beautiful beachfront villas, executive apartments, luxury hotels and resorts, entertainment precincts, mosques and international schools, malls and restaurants, and a championship golf course.
    www.durratbahrain.com
  • Amwaj Islands: First conceived in 2001 and now nearing completion, amwaj is a modern, fully functional neighborhood which features a diverse range of high-rise apartments, lofts, studios and villas together with an island dedicated to learning and state-of-the-art communications and utilities.
    www.amwaj-islands.com
For More information on the Islands please visit this link

Shopping

  • Bahrain City Center
    The Kingdom's biggest Shopping Mall.BCC is located on the water front of Seef district. The Mall includes a 20-screen cinema; the biggest indoor water park in the region, alongside a family entertainment center, and a wide variety of restaurants and cafes.
    www.bahraincitycentre.com/BCC
  • Seef Mall
    One of Bahrain's most popular shopping complexes. The mall houses multiple stores with various segmentations. It also has an excellent selection of restaurants in its food court, and also has two cinemas.
    www.seef.net
  • Al Aali Mall
    Al Aali Mall offers contemporary convenience, sophisticated facilities together with internationally acclaimed brands. It also brings together an array of international and local luxury brands as well as its fine dining outlets.
    www.alaalicomplex.com
  • Moda Mall, www.modabwtc.com
  • Al Dana Mall, www.danamall.net
  • The Bahrain Mall, www.thebahrainmall.com

Family Attractions

  • Bahrain international Circuit (F1)
    The objective was to create an outstanding platform on which to promote the awareness and profile of the Kingdom as well as to stage sporting, business and, increase social exposure for the Gulf region. Bahrain International Circuit has become known around the world for the professional standard to which it runs many of its international motorsport events.
    www.bahraingp.com
  • Al-'Areen Wildlife Sanctuary
    The Al Areen Wildlife Park has become an integral part of the development. The park is perfect for families and animal lovers to explore and enjoy the opportunity of seeing animals in the wild.
  • Lost Paradise
    Visitors to Bahrain have a new place for fun in the sun. The park is the first fully-themed water park in the Middle East, it celebrates Bahrain's cultural history. Rides include the Falcons' Dive, the giant Superbowl, Boomerango and the Family Raft Ride, the park's tallest water slide.
    www.lpodwaterpark.com
For more Family attractions please visit this link

Restaurants

Restaurants can be found everywhere in Bahrain, from malls to across the street. A vast variety of cuisines can be found all over the country. From Asian cuisine, to Italian, to Middle Eastern are widely available around Bahrain.

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