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, 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.
- Capital: Manama
- 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 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.
Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists.
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