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Taxi
Taxis are available 24 hours at the ...
From the airport
There are many taxis available outside ...
Buses
As Bahrain is fairly small, it is not a ...
Driving Tips
Traffic signs are on hand in Arabic and ...
Car for Hire
If you are planning on seeing many ...
City in a Day
It is next to impossible to experience everything that Bahrain offers in one day. However, if you ...
Prophet Abraham's birth day
Also thought to have been on 7th February and celebrated in memory of his coming to this world. ...
Eid al-Watani
Bahrain commemorates its National Day on the 16th of December, with parades, speeches, processions ...
Bahrain Human Rights International Film Festival
This festival is held annually from the 1st to the 4th of May and commemorates Labour Day and the ...
When to go
The best time to visit Bahrain is between November and March; when it’s not too hot. The summer ...

Bahrain

 

Bahrain today
Bahrain has progressed into a cosmopolitan society of religions and communities. With the discovery of oil in 1932 rapid modernization occurred in Bahrain. Bahrain has the fastest growing and also the freest economy in all of the Middle East because of its oil and tourism. In March 1999, King Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifah became head of state and introduced parliamentary elections, granted women the right to vote, and released all political prisoners. This was seen as a "historic period of human rights".The country officially became a kingdom in 2002.

Bahrain back then
Bahrain’s rich history dates back from the early Dilmun period through the Islamic era. Archaeological evidence dating to 3000 B.C. shows that the Sumerians settled in the main island. In about 2000 B.C. it was known as Dilmun and served as a trading post on the course between the Indus valley and Mesopotamia (now Iraq). In 400 C.E. Bahrain was annexed by the Sassanian Empire. Bahrain was called by different names such as Awal, before Islam. In 629 C.E, Muslims conquered the region and ruled until the sixteenth century. In 1521, the Portuguese took control, using Bahrain as a military garris

Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel
This five-star hotel is indisputably Bahrain's most luxurious and lavish hotel, with its own private
Moevenpick Hotel Bahrain
This hotel is comfortably situated 10 kilometers from the city of Manama. Multilingual staff is on-h
Days Hotel Manama
This hotel boasts a coffee shop, a complimentary buffet breakfast, four restaurants and bars situate
The Phoenicia Tower Hotel
Located in central Manama, Bahrain, this hotel features a hair salon, a Moroccan restaurant, a coffe
Sheraton Bahrain Hotel
Centrally located in the heart of Manama with lavish guest rooms, restaurants and recreational facil
The Best Western Juffair Hotel
Sited in Manama amidst facilities for sailing, jet skiing, scuba diving and the Riffa Golf course ne

Gold Souq
The Gold Souq specializes in fine jewelry. It is located in the Manama Souq and was the first gold c
Seef Mall
The mall houses over 300 stores, including 2 food and beverage courts. Family attractions of the See
Al-Hilal Bookshops
There are many branches mostly located in the best hotels, modern shopping centres and in the souq.<
Bahrain City Centre
The first entertainment, shopping and leisure resort in Bahrain. It is also the biggest shopping cen
Yatama Souq
This market was founded by orphans in 1987.The Prime minister ordered the expansion of this souq tha
Gold City
A good place to start for Bahrain’s famed natural pearls is Gold City, a complex of jewellery shop

Ashura
This festival is celebrated by the Shiite inhabitants of Bahrain, observed in memory of the martyrdo
Independence Day
This day falls on the 27th of June. Bahrainis celebrate this day with pyrotechnics, opera and festiv
Prophet Abraham's birth day
Also thought to have been on 7th February and celebrated in memory of his coming to this world.
Bahrain Human Rights International Film Festival
This festival is held annually from the 1st to the 4th of May and commemorates Labour Day and the In
Accession Day
Celebrated on the 17th    of the month, this holiday marks the country’s accession.
Eid al-Watani
Bahrain commemorates its National Day on the 16th of December, with parades, speeches, processions a

Le Bistro
This restaurant is renowned for its international night buffet, its quirkily themed buffets, excitin
Bam bu
This Shanghai eatery is definitely worth a visit as it serves practical, filling, delicious and fres
Burjuman Coffee Shop
This Filipino-run cafe is in an excellent location. The menu includes sandwiches, burgers, rice and
Mezzaluna
The atmospheric and modish Mezzaluna combines the spirit of Bahrain with that of the Mediterranean.
Blue Elephant
Thai buffet brunch with seafood and free flowing bubbly and herbal drinks
Theme: Thai cuisin
Jim’s
Jim’s has a very homey feelng and is thus highly popular with Western expatriates. It has a cosy c

Fast Facts
-Location Bahrain is an island in the Persian Gulf. Saudi Arabia lies to the west and is connected to Bahrain by the King Fahd Causeway. To the southeast is Qatar.
-Area
711.9 sq km
-Dialing code
+973
-Area Code
-
-Emergency numbers
Fire: 997
Police: 999
Ambulance: 998

-Population
708,573

-Languages
Arabic is the official language, though, English is widely used especially in the business world. Persian is also spoken as is Hindi.
 
-Time zone
3 hours prior to GMT
    
Currency
Bahraini Dinar

-Average January temperatures
    17 ºCelsius
-Average July temperatures
    34 ºCelsius
Annual Rainfall:
       75 mm
.....iv- Exchange Rates

1 EURO = 0.517777 BHD
1 BHD = 1.93133 EUR


1 POUND = 0.571326 BHD
1 BHD = 1.75031 GBP


1 DOLLAR = 0.376969 BHD
1 BHD = 2.65274 USD

 

In Muslim countries there is usually a masjid at every street corner so we are not listing masjids here.

What to do with Children in Tow
Adhari Park When: Daily
Where: Shaikh Isa Bin Salman Highway
Cost: Entrance 0.5 BD; Park card 0.25 BD; Rides 0.30-1 BD

In Muslim countries the food served in most restaurants is Halal so we are not listing halal restaurants here.

Health and Safety
Drink plenty of water as April through August can be very hot and humid it is very important to stay hydrated, particularly if you are ...

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