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Country Facts

Linking east and west, Bahrain - which means “Two Seas” in Arabic - is set among several islands in the Gulf. Its strategic position has made it one of the region’s most significant commercial crossroads for over 4,000 years as a trading hub. Bahrain is an archipelago of 33 islands off the coast of Saudi Arabia and is a multicultural country that welcomes people from all around the world, with a population of around 1.5 million Bahrainis and residents.

  • Capital: Manama
  • Official Language: Arabic, English is widely used
  • Government: Unitary Islamic parliamentary semi-constitutional monarchy
  • Currency: Bahraini Dinar
  • Time Difference: 2 hours 30 minutes behind India
  • Electricity: The electrical current is 230V supply voltage and 50Hz

When To Go

Best time to visit: December to March is the best time to visit Bahrain when the weather is pleasant for sightseeing. Bahrain has only two main seasons in the year: Summer and Winter. However, there is a small interval of a few months in between when the climate is sunny without being oppressive. Experience the Formula 1 races in Bahrain. Avoid visiting Bahrain during Ramadan and Eid holidays when the restaurants are mostly closed, and hotels are in high demand from Saudi tourists.

What To Do

Much of the cuisine of Bahrain is a mixture of Arabic, Persian, Indian, Balochi, African, Far East and European food due to the influence of the various communities present.The cuisine consists of dishes such as biryani, harees, khabeesa, machboos, mahyawa, maglooba, quzi and zalabia. Arabic coffee (qahwah) is the national beverage.


Shop for pearls, priceless Persian rugs, local spices, fresh dates, bakhoor, a sweet-smelling incense, Arabic perfumes, abayas, scarves, beautifully crafted pottery and traditional Bahraini sweets. Shop at Manama souq for clothes, toys, antiques, electronics, perfumes and incense, tobacco and gold and Souq Waqif for spices. The Al Qusayrya Market is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous as a pearl market and Gold City for all gold lovers. Of course, modern malls are all around Bahrain.


From trendy bars and nightclubs to cozy pubs and lounges, Bahrain offers a diverse range of venues. Whether you want to dance the night away, enjoy live music performances, or simply relax with friends over drinks, the nightlife scene has something for everyone. Some of the upbeat night places are Bushido for exotic Japanese cuisine, Camelot for French cuisine, Club Wrangler to dance the night away, JJ Irish Restaurant and much more.



Travel Tips


E-visas can be obtained before departure at evisa.gov.bh Passengers must have a printed e-visa confirmation.

By Air

Airlines like Gulf Air, Indigo, Air India flies out from cities of India, there are many flight options via Dubai, Muscat, Doha as well.

Rent a Car

A good option.


Are not metered and you have to agree and negotiate a price.


Bahrain has a well-developed public bus system operated by the Bahrain Public Transport Company (BPTC). Public buses are an economical way to get around the country. The buses are air-conditioned and generally well-maintained.

  • Friday is considered a holy day in Bahrain, and many businesses and shops may be closed. As a result, visitors should plan their itinerary accordingly.
  • Tipping is common and expected in Bahrain, and it is customary to tip waiting staff to recognize good service.
  • In Bahrain, it is important to arrive on time for meetings.
  • When driving in Bahrain, it is important to remember that driving is on the right-hand side of the road and seat belts are compulsory.
  • Always travel with your ID. Carry low-value currency notes which will be very helpful for tips and taxis.
  • It is important to eat only with the right hand, as the left hand is considered unclean in Islam.
  • Table manners are also an important aspect of Bahraini culture. If the meal is eaten on the floor, it is customary to sit cross-legged or kneel on one knee.
  • Attire - As Islam is the dominant religion, visitors are expected to dress conservatively when visiting religious sites or public places. It is also customary to remove shoes before entering a mosque or someone's home, and public displays of affection are discouraged.

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