The Kingdom of Bahrain, an archipelago of 33 islands in the Persian Gulf, has an area of just 275 square miles but enjoys 100 miles of coastline. Although not as strict as nearby Saudi Arabia, Bahrain remains a Muslim country so remember to dress conservatively.
Manama is Bahrain’s bustling capital where you can haggle for gold in the souk market near Bab al-Bahrain city gate. If you are heading south, make time to see the A’ali Royal Tombs and Burial Mounds between Isa and Riffa. Then climb Bahrain’s highest peak, the mist-circled 400-foot-high Jabal al-Dukhan.
Bahrain has hot, humid summers. The temperature often rises above 100 °F (38 °C) from June to September. Winter temperatures are mild, ranging from about 50 °F (10 °C) to about 80 °F (27 °C).
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
LANGUAGE: Arabic, English, Farsi, Urdu
CURRENCY: Bahraini Dinar
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 230V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or three pin plug is required.
COUNTRY CODE: BH
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +973
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +3
You should maintain a high level of security awareness, particularly in public places. You should avoid large gathering and demonstrations, a number of which have turned violent.
Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk