OFFICIAL NAME

KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN

 

 

THE KING

HIS MAJESTY -

KING HAMAD BIN ISA BIN SALMAN AL - KHALIFA

 

 

PRIME MINISTER

H.H. SHAIKH KHALIFA BIN SALMAN AL - KHALIFA

 

 

 

CROWN PRINCE

H.H. SHAIKH SALMAN BIN HAMAD AL - KHALIFA

 

 

 

RULING SYSTEM

 

CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY

 

CAPITAL

MANAMA

 

AREA

TOTAL AREA IS 711.9 KM²

 

POSITION

LIES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ARABIAN GULF AND CLOSE TO THE EASTERN COST OF SAUDIA ARABIA

 

POPULATION

THE 2001 CENSUS, TOTAL POPULATION IS 650604

 

CLIMATE

BAHRAIN CLIMATE IS HOT IN SUMMER, PLEASANT IN WINTER, NICEST WEATHER FROM NOVEMBER TO APRIL, AND THE COOLIST MONTHS DECEMBER TO MARCH, AVERAGE RAIN FALL IS 77mm, HOTTIST MONTHS JULY TO SEPTEMBER WITH AVERAGE TEMP 36º AND HIGH HUMIDTY.

 

TIME

LOCAL TIME IS +3 GMT

 

LANGUAGE

ARABIC IS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE THOUGH ENGLISH IS WIDLEY SPOKEN.

 

RELEGION

ISLAM IS THE KINGDOMS RELEGION AND THE MAJORITY OF POPULATION ARE MUSLIMS THOUGH THERE ARE PLACES OF WORSHIP FOR OTHER RELEGIONS.

 

CURRENCY

BAHRAINI DINAR IS THE OFFICAL CURRENCY AND 1 DINAR CONSIST OF 1000 FILS, THE DINAR IS PEGED TO THE US DOLLAR @ 0.378

 

BANK NOTES

THERE ARE FIVE BANK NOTES IN CIRCULATION AND THEY ARE: 20, 10, 5, 1 AND ½ DINAR.

 

COINES

THERE ARE SIX COINS IN CIRCULATION AND THEY

ARE: 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 500 FILS.

 

WORKING

HOURS

GOV: 07.00 TO 14.15 SUN TO WED AND 07.00 TO 14.00 ON THU.

EST: EITHER 08.00 TO 13.00 THEN

15.00 TO 17.30 OR 08.00 TO 15.30 SAT  TO THU

SHOPS: 08.00 TO 12.30 THEN 15.30 TO 19.30 SAT TO THU

MALLS: 10.00 TO 22.00 DAILY.

BANKS: 07.30 TO 12.00 SUN TO THU, THOUGH SOME BANK BRANCHES OPEN ON SATURDAYS.

 

WEEKENDS

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY IS THE OFFICIAL WEEKEND FOR GOVERNMENT MINISTRIES AND SCHOOLS.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS: HAVE DIFFERENT WEEKENDS.

BANKS: FRIDAY AND SATURDAY.

 

ELECTRICITY

BAHRAIN USES THE BRITISH 3 PIN PLUGS WITH ALL OF BAHRAIN POWER USES 220v – 240v (50 CYCLES) EXCEPT FOR AWALI THEY USE 120v (60 CYCLES)

 

WATER

TAP WATER IS DESALINATED AND CLEAN  THOUGH

BOTTLED WATER IS WIDLEY AVAILABLE.

 

HEALTH

BAHRAIN OFFERS ADVANCED MEDICAL SERVICES AND CARE FREE FOR ALL CITIZENS AND A NOMINAL FEE FOR RESIDENTS.

THERE ARE MANY PRIVATE CLINICS AND HOSPITALS AND THEY HAVE REASONABLE CHARGES. PHARMACIES ARE AVAILABLE

THROUGH OUT THE KINGDOM AND MOST OPEN 24 HOURS.

 

VISAS

ALL REQUIRE VISA EXCEPT FOR GCC CITIZENS. THERE IS A 72 HOURS VISA AND A 7-DAY VISA AVAILABLE AT THE AIRPORT AND KING FAHAD CAUSWAY. BAHRAIN EMBASSIES AND CONSULATS ARE IN MANY CONTRIES. YOU CAN ALSO APPLY

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