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 and route for the pearl-diving industry.Read More
Bahrain is an archipelago of 33 islands located off the coast of Saudi Arabia. This location means there are essentially two seasons: hot summers and relatively mild winters. Discover the appeal of experiencing both times of year in this unique and distinctive destination.Read More
Bahrain has a long cultural legacy. Thecapital city, Manama, was named Capital of Asian Tourism in 2015 and Capital of Arab Tourism in 2013 and was nominated as the Capital of Arab Culture in 2012.Read More
Visas are required by all visitors to Bahrain except passport holders of the GCC States in order to enter the country and enjoy its charm.Read More
Bahrain is a multicultural country that welcomes people from all around the world, with a population of around 1.2 million Bahrainis and residents who embrace people with openness and pride.Read More
Bahrain Kingdom of firsts: it was the capital of Dilmun, the first civilization in the Arabian peninsula, from 2500 bc - 539 bc; Legend recounts that almost 5000 years earlier, Gilgamesh, the epic hero, landed here in search of paradise, where he is said to have found the flower of eternity – the pearl – along the shores of ancient Dilmun, now modern Bahrain!
It is not enough simply to imagine the beauty of our beloved Bahrain, the Land of Immortality. The first steps you take will fascinate you as you learn about its history stretching more than 5,000 years ago, when Bahrain was known as Dilmun, Tylos and Awal among ancient civilizations.
The modern era of Bahrain began in 1783, following the conquering by “Ahmed Al Fateh.” It has been ruled by the Al Khalifa family since that time. Bahrain was declared independent from the United Kingdom on August 15, 1971, and from the British protectorate on December 16 of the same year.
Bahrain issued its first constitution in 1973, and the country entered into a trade hub as a modern state, leading merchants and businessmen from all around the world to get involved. Recognize Bahrain’s great leap toward establishing its own constitutional monarchy in 2002 in line with the National Action Charter, designed to achieve constant reformative steps for the prosperity of the country and its people.
Make sure to visit Bahrain, “the Great Paradise,” known for its freshwater springs and palm tree fields.
During the summer months, which run from April to October, temperatures range around 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) and can reach 48 degrees Celsius (118.4 degrees Fahrenheit) in June and July. In winter, from November to March, temperatures range between 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) and 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit). Discover the appeal of experiencing both times of year in this unique and distinctive destination.
Ranked third among Arab states and 55th internationally as the best global destination, Bahrain is a multicultural, multi-ethnic and multi-denominational society, making it a perfect choice for families and individuals who are traveling for business or pleasure.
The liberal lifestyle of Bahrain creates an attractive atmosphere as you enjoy its historic monuments and rich history. Begin with a route that takes you to Bahrain’s oldest mosque (Al Khamis Mosque), which dates back to 692 A.D. Then, move from land to water to experience seafaring activities such as sailing, watching dolphins, fishing, scuba diving and kitesurfing. Boost your adrenaline at the most modern Formula One racetrack in the world at the Bahrain International Circuit, home of Formula One. In 2004, Bahrain was the first Middle Eastern country to host a Grand Prix, followed by hosting the opening round of the 2010 season.
Your ticket to this country gives you the privilege of experiencing this oasis of mutual tolerance and peaceful coexistence; one that has set a wonderful example among other cultures and religions. Trust us! You don’t want to miss the friendliness and geniality of the Bahraini community.
How do you get to our Bahrain? You will need the proper visa for your visit. Our government has made it easier to visit Bahrain by issuing a new visa policy which states that visitors from 66 countries will be able to receive visas upon arrival in Bahrain. We have also eased the travel experience for you. You can apply for your visa electronically ahead of your arrival in the Kingdom. A total of 102 countries can benefit from E-Visa service and can obtain their visas ahead of traveling through a simple online application process via http://www.evisa.gov.bh/. Check it now! Your country could be there too!
You need to know the different types of visas, so you can choose the best one that suits your purpose of visiting Bahrain.
The process is so easy that it makes Bahrain an effortless attraction for everyone. Grab your visa and schedule your trip!
Extra point! If you want to live and legally work in Bahrain, you will need to apply for different visas and permits provided with all necessary documents to the Labor Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) prior to arrival. The visas are as follows: Work Visa, Residency Permit (Family Visa) and CPR Card (Identification Card) issued by the Central Informatics Organization. Not complicated at all! Apply and spin the wheel of fortune.
Our social convention is similar to any Arab Muslim country, yet we are distinctive in our tolerant attitudes, low cost of living and abundance of educational and health facilities and services.
Traditionally, Gulf communities are very welcoming and hospitable. As Bahrainis, we are famous for our special greeting of serving Arabic coffee – poured from a highly decorated pot into a small cup – which is a very important part of the welcoming ritual for any visitor.
Keeping our traditions alive, we still practice the pursuits of falconry, horse racing and camel racing, along with modern sports such as basketball, football, wrestling and more.
Despite that fact that Arabic is our dominant language, the Bahraini people, residents and visitors also speak and understand many other languages. English is the main business language that is used in governmental and non-governmental entities and is also commonly spoken in retail stores and in many other services.
The dress code of Bahrain follows religious and traditional customs, as men tend to wear the white dress “thoub” and a piece of cloth covering the head called “ghitra.” Women usually wear the traditional black garment called “abaya” with a head scarf called “hijab.” You can easily spot this once you reach Bahrain, but you are welcome to wear anything that makes you comfortable and is in compliance with our country’s traditions.