Bahrain is a constitutional monarchy, governed by the Al Khalifa family.
Bahrain is an archipelago of 33 islands in the Arabian Gulf, situated between Saudi Arabia's east coast and the Qatar peninsula.
Bahrain island is the largest of the islands; at about 48 kms long and 16 kms wide it covers some 586 sq kms. By contrast, Muharraq, the second largest island, is only 21 kms square.
Like an oyster,Bahrain’s rough exterior takes some prising open, but it is worth the effort. From the excellent National Museum in Manama and the traditional houses of Muharraq to the extraordinary burial mounds at Sar, there are many fine sites to visit
Manama The Capital:
Manama, capital of the island nation of Bahrain, is a major financial center with a thriving economy. A surplus of money has decorated the skyline with glass and steel spires, and plans for the tallest tower in the world. Although Bahrain is an Islamic country, alcohol is legal, and Manama has a thriving nightlife, with clubs and bars popular with visitors from all over the world. The narrow rows of stalls at the Bab el-Bahrain souk are famous for their vast array of perfumes, spices, and gold.
- Manama the capital
- University Of Bahrain
- King Fahd Causeway
- Bahrain World Trade Center
- Bahrain Island
- Muharraq Island
- Bahrain Financial Harbour
- Qalat Al Bahrain
- Formula One Racetrack, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir,
- Al-Areen Wildlife Park and Reserve, near Zallaq,
- Pearl Monument (in front of the Bahrain National Museum)
- Riffa Fort, Al-Riffa, Southern Governorate
Language: The official language is Arabic. English is widely spoken
Currency: Bahrain dinar
Religion: Islam. Most Bahrainis (60%) are Shi'ite Muslims although there is a sizeable minority of Sunnis, including the Royal family.
Climate: June to October, hot and humid (42°C), December to April, mild (10°-20°C). December through to March can be quite cool. Rainfall is slight and occurs mainly in winter. Spring and Autumn are the most pleasant months.