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Bahrain Travel Guide

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Quick Facts
Capital Manama
Government Constitutional hereditary monarchy
Currency Bahraini dinar (BHD)
Area 710 km2
Population 1,046,814 (including 517,368 non-nationals) (January 2008 est.)
Language Arabic, English, Persian (Farsi), Urdu
Religion Islam 84%, Christianity and other 16%
Electricity 220V/50Hz UK plug
Calling Code +973
Internet TLD .bh
Time Zone UTC +3

The Kingdom of Bahrain is a Middle Eastern archipelago in the Persian Gulf, tucked into a pocket of the sea flanked by Saudi Arabia and Qatar. It's an oasis of liberalism ? or at least Western-friendly moderation ? among the Muslim countries of the region. It's popular with travelers for its authentic "Arabness" but without the strict application of Islamic law upon its non-Muslim minority. Case in point: alcohol is legal here. Although it has a heavily petroleum-based economy, its more relaxed culture has also made it a social and shopping mecca (so to speak), which has helped it develop a fairly cosmopolitan middle class not found in neighboring countries with just a rich elite and subsistence-level masses.


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