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ABOUT BAHRAIN

Situated in the Arabian Gulf off the east coast of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain is a group of 33 islands and has a total area of 707 square kilometers. The state takes its name from the largest island Bahrain, which is 586.5 square kilometers. It is linked by causeways to Muharraq island (international airport) and Sitra island (industrial area and tank-farm). There are numerous other tiny islands, but they are mainly uninhabited and are best known for the variety of migrating birds, which pass through in spring and autumn.

Known as the Pearl of the Arabian Gulf, Bahrain has a history of more than 5,000 years of civilisation including Dilmun, Summerians, Babylonians and Assyrians.

Head of State      His Majesty the King, Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
Prime Minister   His Royal Highness, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa
Crown Price   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).
br / 1 Bahraini Dinar = 2.65 US Dollar