About Bahrain

Bahrain, a nation comprising more than 30 islands in the Persian Gulf, has been at the center of major trade routes since antiquity. In its modern capital, Manama, the acclaimed Bahrain National Museum showcases artifacts from the ancient Dilmun civilization that flourished in the region for millennia. The city’s thriving Bab al-Bahrain bazaar offers wares ranging from colorful handwoven fabrics and spices to pearls.

General Overview
Head of State His Majesty the King, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
Prime Minister His Royal Highness, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa
Crown Prince His Royal Highness, Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa
National Day December 16
Independence Day August 15, 1971 (from United Kingdom)
Population 1,039,297 Nationals: 527,433 (51%) Non-Nationals: 511,864 (49%)
Location / Area Size Arabian Gulf, 741.4 Square Kilometers
Capital Manama
Governorates Bahrain is split into five governorates: Capital, Central, Muharraq, Northern and Southern
Languages Arabic, English, Farsi, Urdu
Currency Bahraini Dinar
Fixed Exchange Rate 1 Bahraini Dinar = 2.65 US Dollar
Business Hours Government offices 07:00-14:15 (Sunday to Thursday) Banks 07:30-13:00 is the normal business hours (Sunday to Thursday) Some banks are also open for a few hours on some afternoons Central Post Office (Manama, near Bab Al Bahrain) – 07:00-19:30 (Saturday to Thursday) Shops Working hours vary, but typically 08:30-12:30 and 16:00-20:00 (Saturday to Thursday) Many shops are open for half or full day on Friday as well
Weekly holidays Friday, Saturday
Time zone 3 hours ahead of GMT (GMT+3)
Country Dialing Code +973
Internet Code .bh
Climate Summer: July-September, very hot and humid (Avg. 36°C). Winter: December to February, cool or mild with occasional rain (10°C – 20°C). Remaining months: March to May and October to November, warm with occasional pleasant breezes (20°C – 30°C).

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