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The Kingdom of Bahrain

The Kingdom of Bahrain is an archipelago made up of 33 islands located in the Arabian Gulf. Its total area is 780 km2.

Manama is the capital of Bahrain and also its largest city. Manama enjoys a distinct reputation as a tourism and cultural hub regionally and internationally, as shown by its selection as the Capital of Arab Culture in 2012, and Capital of Arab Tourism in 2013, and Capital of Asian Tourism in 2014.

Bahrain is a country that prides itself in being a thriving multi-cultural hub which welcomes people from all around the world, thanks to its tolerant attitudes, low cost of living, and abundance of educational and health facilities and services. According to the latest e-Government portal statistics, Bahrain’s population is currently around 1.2 million Bahrainis and residents.

Bahrain is considered an important regional economic and financial hub, and is home to a large number of global financial services companies. The country also laid out a comprehensive and integrated economic vision which aims to make it's economy more sustainable by the year 2030.  

The earliest human settlement in Bahrain’s islands dates back almost 4,000 years. Over that time, it was inhabited by a series of different civilizations, starting with Dilmun, then Tylos, and finally the Islamic period.

Staying in Bahrain:

The Kingdom of Bahrain is considered a unique culture and tourism destination in the GCC region, and is well-known for its tolerant lifestyle and rich history and traditions.

Your journey in Bahrain begins by entering through its three entry ports; Bahrain International Airport, Khalifa bin Salman Port, or King Fahad Causeway which links the Kingdom of Bahrain with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from the west.

To get a visit visa to Bahrain, just fill in the form available on the eGovernment National portal (eVisa Services), or request a visa through the hotel you will be staying in during your stay for a small fee.

Bahrain’s weather is pleasant and cool from November until April, with temperatures ranging from 10 to 25 degrees Celsius. From May to October, it is sunny and relatively hot, with temperatures reaching 37 to 40 degrees Celsius.

Tourism, Culture, and Entertainment in Bahrain:

Those staying in Bahrain can enjoy a wide range of activities and places of which offer truly unique cultural and tourism experiences.

With regards to cultural and tourism activities, the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) organizes a number of annual festivals, such as the Spring of Culture in March and April, the Bahrain Summer Festival and Ta’a Al-Shabab from August to September, and the Bahrain International Music Festival in October which features musical and theatrical performances, lectures, and much more.

As for cultural sites, residents, visitors, and tourists can re-live history through Bahrain’s many historical sites, namely its forts. Among the most famous of these forts is the historical Qala’at Al-Bahrain (Bahrain Fort) Site which was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other examples of such sites are Bu Maher Fort and Arad Fort in Muharraq, Shaikh Salman bin Ahmed Al-Fateh Fort in Riffa. In addition to its forts, Bahrain also is home to many museums, such as Bahrain National Museum, Shaikh Salman bin Ahmed Al-Fateh Fort Museum, and Bahrain Fort Site Museum, as well as the old traditional houses in Muharraq city.

A diverse array of sports tourism activities is also available in Bahrain, such as sailing, fishing, diving, horse riding, and golf. However, its most prominent sports activity is the Bahrain Grand Prix, held each year in April at the Bahrain International Circuit.

General Information:

Currency: The Bahraini Dinar is the country’s official currency which equals around 2.6 US Dollars, or around 2 Euros.

Time Zone: GMT +3

Language: The official language of Bahrain is Arabic, but English language is widely spoken.

Religion: The official religion of the country is Islam, and it permits followers of other religions total freedom to practice their faith, as evidenced by its many churches and temples. 

For more information:

Bahrain Toursim & Exhibitions Authority

Bahrain Authority for Culture & Antiquities 

Bahrain Economic Development Board