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An archipelago of 33 islands in the Arabian Gulf, with malls, markets, mosques, and minarets.

About Bahrain...

The Kingdom of Bahrain—a name that translates as “Two Seas”—is actually an archipelago of 33 low-lying islands located in the heart of the Gulf. Situated along major Arabian and international trade routes between Asia and the West, the Kingdom has, for millennia, served as an important port and center of business. Today, the capital city of Manama is a vibrant cosmopolitan center offering an open economy and an educated workforce enhanced by modern cultural amenities like museums, shopping, restaurants and fine hotels.

Though modest in population, land area and resources, Bahrain has achieved considerable social and economic status. Our modern roads, international airport, telecommunications, public services, medical facilities and schools are considered among the best in the Middle East, if not the world.

Located just 25 kilometers from Saudi Arabia and the countries of the Arabian Peninsula, Bahrain is easily accessible by sea, air and even automobile via the King Fahd Causeway. Completed in 1986, the causeway provides a symbolic and virtual link between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, connecting the archipelago to mainland Arabia for the first time since people first inhabited the islands. Today, the causeway serves as a vital link to the entire Middle East.

Business...

With the discovery of oil in 1932, Bahrain enjoyed rapid economic development. In the 1960s, the Government adopted a strategy of economic diversification that favored non-oil industries that promised sustainable, long-term growth. Bahrain focused on improving physical infrastructure, telecommunications network, and the legal system in an effort to attract top-quality international companies and investors to Bahrain. Oil revenues were reinvested in education and healthcare, both drivers for non-oil industrial growth. Today, Bahrain offers a strong business ethic and a progressive investment environment.

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History & Culture...

In Bahrain, a visitor is always surprised by the thousands of graves and burial mounds that extend over 18 miles in successive swells of knolls along the roads here. The tombs lie peacefully between the districts of many new towns. And, in an odd juxtaposition of past and present, oil pipelines -- which are always built above ground level in Bahrain -- edge their way alongside the burial mounds.

Bahrain is one of the world's largest necropolises with an estimated 170,000 graves, most of which date back to the third and second millenniums B.C. Some people believe that the ancient Egyptians buried their dead here, but archaeologists have discovered vases and jars from Mesopotamia and the Valley of the Indus in the royal tombs of A'ali and in Sar.

Although throughout the centuries robbers have stripped the tombs, archaeologists have still been able to find arms, carnelian jewels from the Valley of the Undus, bronze and copper objects. Their contents were the same as the cooper used in Magan in the Sultanate of Oman during the third millennium B.C. Seals from Dilmun were also found, which were imprinted with tales of the merchants' everyday life of the time.

Sport...

Just minutes from the Bahrain International Circuit, the word ‘drive’ takes on a whole new meaning at one of the Middle East’s finest golf courses - Riffa Golf Club, which welcomes visitors as well as members and their guests.

Featuring an 18-hole PGA grass golf course designed by Karl Litten, a 250 metre, 30 bay floodlit driving range, superb clubhouse facilities with golf shop and Bahrain’s only Golf Academy, Riffa is an outstanding example of the new generation of ‘desert oasis’ golf clubs that have sprung up around the Gulf in the past 15 years or so.

Bahrain Guide...

Bahrain is an archipelago of 33 islands. The country was once named Dilmun by ancient Sumerians, considered an island paradise in which there was no disease, death or suffering, and where gods resided. Although modern Bahrain has not retained such mythical status, many still flock to frolic in its heavenly shoreline, and many still perceive the country as blissful respite from less lenient Islamic countries.

However, Bahrain is still imbued with Islamic tradition. Manama, the capital, is jam-packed with majestic mosques and minarets. Some females dress in western-style clothing but immodesty is still frowned upon. It is a symbolic bridge that connects the archipelago to Saudi Arabia's mainland.

Education...

Education in Bahrain is not compulsory, but is free — and easily accessible — to the citizens, and therefore well attended. The University of Bahrain is located at Manama.

A new university opened in 1998, the Arabian Gulf University, and seeks to become a centre of learning for the Gulf States. It will be completed in 2006.

Shopping...

There’s more to shopping in Bahrain than just the malls, however, and your experience would not be complete without a visit to the suqs, or traditional markets. The biggest and most popular of these is the Manama suq, right in the heart of the city behind Bab Al Bahrain. Other recommended markets to visit include the Muharraq suq, the Iranian Suq in Isa Town (second hand goods, bric-a-brac and an interesting bird market), the Adliya carpet merchants, and the craft centers in Manama where you can be sure to pick up authentic Bahraini souvenirs.

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Entertainment...

Bahrain has much more nightlife than you might expect. There are bars, nightclubs and some very sophisticated entertainment, jazz, opera, ballet and theatre. There is an abundance of quality restaurants, most of which serve alcohol and the food is usually of an exceptional standard.

Something that must be experienced is the traditional Arabic night. They are very good fun due to a combination of belly dancing, live music, and great food. There is also a huge choice of bars and pubs.

Hotels...

Bahrain's hotels offer FIVE Star luxury Hotels and FOUR Star Hotels with elegant decor, impeccable service, and every facility imaginable to satisfy the most demanding guests. Bahrain also offers a wide selection of Three Star, Two Star and One Star Hotels. Bahrain also offers an excellent range of Luxury & Economy apartments that are available on short or long term lets. The Hotels will usually provide free transport from Bahrain airport if notified in advance and have satellite TV as well as the local channels. Many Bahrain hotels have a variety of shops - for example gift shops, bookshops, florists and jewelers - and provide services such as hairdressers, beauty salons, banks, travel agents, car hire and children's amusement arcades. Bahrain also caters for those who prefer the privacy an Apartment affords or the facilities that Resorts offer. Bahrain's Hotels are not simply places to stay but also offer varied live entertainment and so are centers of social life and places to meet both members of the expatriate community and Arabs in surroundings where the normal rules of behavior are relaxed slightly. Although entry is definitely not usually restricted to hotel guests, some clubs within Bahrain hotels allow entry only to couples and mixed groups.

Source: www.bahrain-tourism.com/

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