Translating into “Two Seas” in Arabic, Bahrain is an island country situated along the western shores of the Persian Gulf. An archipelago of 33 islands in the Persian Gulf, Bahrain is flanked by Saudi Arabia on its west and Qatar on its southeast. The 16-mile long King Fahd Causeway connects Bahrain to Saudi Arabia. Manama is the capital and the largest city of Bahrain.
Known to be the site of one of the oldest civilizations in the world, the Dilmun civilization, Bahrain was an important trade hub in 3000 BC. It saw invasions by the Persians (4th century A.D), Arabs, and the Portuguese, until the 1820-30s when Bahrain became a British protectorate. The British ultimately ended their treaties in the Persian Gulf in the late 1960’s, with Bahrain becoming a fully independent country in 1971. Today, under the Al-Khalifa regime, Bahrain is a constitutional monarchy with a ruling King, who appoints the Prime Minister.
The main state religion in Bahrain is Islam, while the official language is Arabic, even though English is also widely spoken throughout the country. The climate in Bahrain is arid, with summers being extremely hot and humid, and cool, pleasant winters.
Besides the truly mesmerizing, high-profile, modern pearls like the stylish twin towers of Bahrain’s World Trade Centre, the super-sleek F1 racing track, the King Fahd Causeway and the horseshoe-shaped manmade islands at the country’s southern tip, visitors are also attracted by the numerous craft markets, forts, potteries and ancient burial mounds this stylish country is home to.
Translating into “Two Seas” in Arabic, Bahrain is an island country situated along the western shores of the Persian Gulf. An archipelago of 33 islands in the Persian Gulf, Bahrain is f...