Guide to BAHRAIN
BAHRAIN which official name is Kingdom of Bahrain or Bahrain, is a country from Asia located at the Middle East, archipelago in the Persian Gulf, east of Saudi Arabia. BAHRAIN is divided in 5 governorate . BAHRAIN's capital is Manama which is the most populated city with about 147,097 inhabitants.
History of BAHRAIN
BAHRAIN's government is constitutional monarchy; a Constitutional monarchy with a Monarch personally exercises power alongside weak parliament government type, with King Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifah as head of state and Prime Minister Khalifah ibn Sulman Al Khalifah as head of government.
Other symbols of BAHRAIN are Bahraini anthem "Bahrainona (Our Bahrain) Bahraini flag.Bahraini flag is composed by red, the traditional color for flags of Persian Gulf states, with a white serrated band (five white points) on the hoist side; the five points represent the five pillars of Islam .
BAHRAIN's history is quite long: In 1782, the Al Khalifa family captured Bahrain from the Persians. In order to secure these holdings, it entered into a series of treaties with the UK during the 19th century that made Bahrain a British protectorate. The archipelago attained its independence in 1971. Bahrain's small size and central location among Persian Gulf countries require it to play a delicate balancing act in foreign affairs among its larger neighbors. Facing declining oil reserves, Bahrain has turned to petroleum processing and refining and has transformed itself into an international banking center. King HAMAD bin Isa Al Khalifa, after coming to power in 1999, pushed economic and political reforms to improve relations with the Shi'a community and Shi'a political societies participated in 2006 parliamentary and municipal elections. Al Wifaq, the largest Shi'a political society, won the largest number of seats in the elected chamber of the legislature. However, Shi'a discontent has resurfaced in recent years with street demonstrations and occasional low-level violence.
BAHRAIN has an area of 665Km ,with a coastline of 161, this small area is composed by 665 sq km of land and 0 sq km of water. Bahraini geography is known by it's mostly low desert plain rising gently to low central escarpment . This makes Bahraini's land specially proclive to periodic droughts; dust storms.
Guide to travel to BAHRAIN
If you are thinking on traveling to BAHRAIN, you will have to take in consideration some points like BAHRAIN's currency, BAHRAIN's weather, BAHRAIN's national holiday and BAHRAIN's transports.
The first thing you need to know for your travels abroad is country's currency. BAHRAIN`s currency is called dinar ( BD), which is divided in 1,000 fils. For your consideration, dinar's exchange rate is about St. Nicholas Cathedral, Caracas per dolar.0.3770000201.
BAHRAIN's weather is characterized to be arid; mild, pleasant winters; very hot, humid summers. So be sure of choosing the proper date to travel to BAHRAIN.
You can also consider to visit BAHRAIN on it's national holiday to get in BAHRAIN's culture. If you do so, BAHRAIN's national holiday is called National Day, 16 December.
Also, if you like natural wonders, don't forget to visit the highest point of BAHRAIN: Jabal ad Dukhan 122 m. And try also to get to BAHRAIN's lowest point: Persian Gulf 0 mBut if you prefer the city, you must visit BAHRAIN's tallest structure: ( ).
Don't be afraid to take a flight to BAHRAIN, with more than 3 airports and 1 airlines, you will get to BAHRAIN without problems. Once there, you can choose the transport type that better fits your needs. BAHRAIN has about0 of railways, and also0 of roadways, so is a good place for a car trip.
BAHRAIN is known by Bahrainis as Mamlakat al Bahrayn or Al Bahrayn in the shortened way. Bahraini, about 708,573 people, are composed by different ethnics: Bahraini 62.4%, non-Bahraini 37.6% (2001 census). And they also have different languages: Arabic.
Another relevant point nowadays it's BAHRAIN's religion. Bahrainis are divided in Muslim (Shi'a and Sunni) 81.2%, Christian 9%, other 9.8% (2001 census).
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Latest News of Bahrain
|Bahrain demonstrator jailed for flag 'insult'
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) â€” A Bahrain demonstrator was sentenced to three months in prison Thursday for hanging a Bahrain flag from his truck during a 2011 rally, a defense lawyer said, in one of the first cases based on tougher codes for alleged insults to the Gulf nation's ruler or symbols.
|A.M. Best Special Report: Political Uncertainties Overshadow Bahrainâ€™s Regional Hub Status
The Kingdom of Bahrain has maintained its position as a key insurance hub and continues to post growth in its insurance market despite a prolonged period of political turbulence, according to a new report from A.M.
|Report: Bahrain police search home of top cleric
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) â€” A main opposition group in Bahrain says police have searched the home of the Gulf nation's most senior Shiite cleric, who has strongly sided with anti-government protesters.
|Bahrain forces raid top cleric's house: opposition
LONDON (Reuters) - Bahraini security forces raided the house of top Shi'ite cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim on Friday, the opposition said, an act likely to enrage the island's majority Shi'ite population which is at loggerheads with its Sunni rulers. Bahrain, where the U.S. Fifth Fleet has its base on Iran's doorstep, has been in violent turmoil since Shi'ite-led pro-democracy protests ...
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