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.
||Bahrain: 1,501,635 (2020 census)
Manama City: 200,000 (2020 estimate)
||1 Bahraini Dinar (BHD) = 1,000 fils (fuloos)
||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: 11am-3pm 16pm-1am
Bars and cafes stay open late, usually until 2-3am.
Many establishments close on Friday an Saturday or work only half the day.
||Bab Al Bahrain Information Centre
Bab Al Bahrain Avenue, Manama 304, Bahrain
Opening Hours: Sunday-Thurday: 9am-5pm Saturday: 9am-1pm