BAHRAIN TRAVEL GUIDE
Beautiful Bahrain, said to be the Garden of Eden from Biblical times, is also known as the "Pearl of the Gulf". Part of an archipelago of 33 islands, it was strategically located on the ancient trade route between Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley. Today it’s on the petroleum supertanker route from the oilfields of the Gulf to the rest of the world.
Though liberal by Gulf standards, Bahrain is still conservative by western yardsticks. Arabs and foreigners have an easy-going business relationship with this country. Manama, the capital, is very modern, almost western in the way it looks. At the same time, its historical treasures have been well preserved. Excellent museums, the glorious beaches of Al Jaza'ir and Az Zallaq, the option of water sports and mountain biking in the Jebel-Al Dukhan are certain to make your visit an enjoyable one.
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BAHRAIN QUICK FACTS
Bahrain, officially the Kingdom of Bahrain, is a sovereign state in the Persian Gulf. The island nation comprises a small archipelago made up of 40 natural islands and an additional 51 artificial islands, centred around Bahrain Island which makes up around 83 percent of the country's landmass.
Currency: Bahraini dinar (BHD)
Area: 710 km2
Population: 1,569 million (2018)
Language: Arabic, English, Persian (Farsi), Urdu
Religion: Islam 70%, Christianity and other 30%
Electricity: 220V/50Hz UK plug
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BAHRAIN WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Bahrain has an arid climate, with very hot summers and relatively mild winters. Mean air temperature fluctuates between 14°C and 41°C. There are two seasons; winter extends from November to April and summer lasts for the rest of the year. Average annual air temperatures have been steadily increasing over the period 1950-2010, while rainfall patterns over the same period are less clear.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN BAHRAIN
The best time for outdoor activities in Bahrain is during the slightly cooler months of October to April, as it does get uncomfortably hot during the months of May to September.
BEACH OPTIONS IN BAHRAIN
You can visit the beaches of Bahrain all year round, although it does get uncomfortably hot during the months of May to September. Be sure to check out Al Jazayer beach with its pristine sands in a secluded setting. The coast at Hidd and Arad is well suited for picnicking but not great for swimming. Marassi is Bahrain’s first managed public beach. Keep in mind that although Bahrain has become quite liberal, it is respectful towards the local culture to avoid wearing revealing swimwear.
KITESURF IN BAHRAIN
The kite surf season in Bahrain runs from November to February with a few windy days also during the summer months of June and July.The best place to kitesurf in Amwaj is on the north of the islands near Tala island where the wind generally comes from the north and northwest and is an onshore wind.