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Bahrain Travel and Tourism Information on Travel Notes
Find Bahrain travel and tourist information with
links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for
visitors to Bahrain.
The Kingdom of Bahrain is made up of 33 small islands in the
Arabian Gulf, between Saudi Arabia and Qatar;
the largest of which, is Bahrain itself.
Map of Manama - The Capital of Bahrain
Other principal islands in Bahrain are: Al Muharraq, Umm an Na'san, Sitrah,
Jiddah, and the Hawar group.
Portuguese explorers who captured the island, in 1521, were
eventually overwhelmed by the Persians in 1602.
To escape tribal wars in Central Arabia, the al-Khalifa family moved
to the Gulf Coast in the 17th century and found a more prosperous life on the coast of Qatar.
family gained control of Bahrain in 1783, until British influence in the region forced
them to accept a series of treaties.
From 1861, Great Britain started to control Bahrain's external
affairs. Bahrain joined the Trucial States but, when the British withdrew, they elected to
remain outside the United Arab Emirates.
Bahrain became an independent constitutional monarchy on 6th December,
1973. Since dissolving the constitutional national assembly in August 1975, the royal
family have taken over as unchallenged absolute rulers.
In the 1980's, the Iranians tried to encourage revolution in the
island and renew their claims to the emirate; but their attempts were thwarted.
Shiite supporters of a cleric have tried to call for a return to the
national assembly but their demonstrations in Manama were quickly put down, in December
1994 and early 1995.
In 1999, Sheikh Isa took over as head of state after the death of his father, Sheikh
Salman, becoming the ninth in a line of Bahrain's rulers from the al-Khalifa family.
Bahrain became a Kingdom on 14th February, 2002.
The 25 kilometre King Fahad causeway, between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, was opened in November 1986; and
with it came an increase in local tourism.
Bahrain International Airport is at the centre of commercial aviation in the Gulf region.
The national airline of Bahrain offers integrated flight services throughout the Middle
East, Asia, Europe and USA.
Tourist brochures are available from the various Bahrain
provincial tourism offices. The main office is located on Adliya Avenue.
No visit to Bahrain would be complete without a trip to the
with its profusion of colours, sounds, and aromas.
Bahrain Visa Requirements
No visa is required for citizens of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Oman and
Kuwait, provided they bring all other travel documents. Any European national visiting
Bahrain may receive an 'on-arrival visa' which permits them to stay for a maximum period
of one week.
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Local weather forecasts for destinations around the Middle East.
Bahrain is ruled by the Al-Khalifa family, and some of their
palaces are worth a visit: Bahrain's Guest Palace being one of the more famous.
Behind the modernism of Manama is the old town with its decorative
houses, rambling Arab souks, old mosques and the occasional date palm grove.
The Bahrain National Museum is situated on the intersection of the
Muharraq Causeway and King Faisal Highway.
The Bahrain International Circuit is located in Sakhir, behind the University of Bahrain.
Bahrain Embassy to the United
3502 International Drive N.W., Washington, DC.
Bahrain Embassy (UK):
30 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8QB.
Bahrain's first purpose-built, 8,000 square metre, pillar-free exhibition facility was
inaugurated on 2nd November, 1991 - with a trade fair called, Rebuild Kuwait.
Apply online for your visa to Bahrain.
21 Government Avenue, Manama.
L'Ambassade du Royaume de
Bahrein a Paris:
3 bis, Place des Etats-Unis, 75116 Paris.
Gulf Daily News:
Bahrain's finest English-language daily newspaper.
Bahrain's capital and largest city is Manama.
Declared a free port in 1958, Manama became the capital of independent
Popular attractions in Manama are the Al-Fateh
Mosque; Bahrain National Museum; Corniche al-Fateh; Museum of Pearl
Diving; Pearl Monument; and the Tree of Life - 30km south of Manama.
Primarily a Muslim nation, Bahrain is considered to be one of the
more liberal Arab lands.
Women are permitted greater leeway with dress, entertainment, and
social access than in some nearby nations.
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