Daily Gulf News - 26/4/2006
BAHRAIN Post has been named best in the Gulf for quality of service and distribution.
It won the top position in a survey conducted by the International Postal Federation.
Assistant Under-Secretary for Posts Shaikh Bader bin Khalifa Al Khalifa said he was proud to see Bahrain Post come top in all the criteria set by the world body.
"We have been able to achieve this global honour because of teamwork and the guidance of Deputy Premier and Transportation Minister Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa," he told the GDN.
"The points we have won are way ahead of what was achieved by postal services in other Gulf states."
Shaikh Bader said Bahrain Post topped in the following areas:
l Consistency and speed in sending and receiving local and international letters and packages
l Maintaining security and secret nature of the postal articles
l High quality of services
l Excellent handling of postal items, while being received and delivered.
"We have been working hard to improve services provided to the general public," said Shaikh Bader.
"Besides postal services, we have been providing several other services through our post offices.
"A large number of people are now paying their utility bills through post offices."
The post office also offers money transfer services, following an arrangement with the Western Union Money Transfer.
Many people also use post offices to renew their driving licences and residence permits for household workers, said Shaikh Bader.
Batelco has opened its customer service counters at three post offices in Budaiya, Muharraq and Sitra.
"Our goal is to make the post office a one-stop shop, providing many services under one roof," said Shaikh Bader.
Bahrain currently has 13 post offices located in different regions of the kingdom.
"The 14th post office will be opened in Juffair in June this year. It will be located at the Al Murjan Building, opposite to the Grand Mosque," Shaikh Bader said.