It is easy to overlook this small island-nation, having, as it does, such powerful and flashy neighbours as Qatar and the Emirates, but to ignore Bahrain would be a huge mistake. It is an emerging power in the region, with all the luxury and worldliness of a cosmopolitan destination and all the charm and personality of a small island. Add to this the growing arts scene and burgeoning international cuisine in the country, and you have the newest prime travel destination in the region, and the most socially liberal one, to boot.
||1 Bahraini Dinar (BHD) = 1,000 fils
||Emergency (Police, Fire and Ambulance): 999
||Bahrain This Week
Voice of Bahrain
||Most businesses open at about 8-9am and close between 6-8pm. Restaurants open later, closer to 11am, and often close in the afternoon for a few hours, before opening again for dinner. Bars, cafes and restaurants stay open late, usually until 2-3am. Many establishments close on Friday or Saturday or work only half the day.