Bahrain Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Bahrain

Where is it?: Bahrain is in the Middle East on an archipelago in the Persian Gulf, east of Saudi Arabia.

What are the main entry points?: Travelers fly into Bahrain usually from Europe.

Currency used: Dinar

Country Code for Phones: 973

Religion: 81.2% Muslim, 9% Christianity and 9.8% practiced other religions

Population: 800,000

Ethnic Breakdown: Bahraini 63%, Asian 19%, other Arab 10%, Iranian 8%

Government: Constitutional Monarchy

Languages: Arabic, English, Farsi, Ur

Travel Information

Major Cities: Manama

Attractions: Al-’Areen Wildlife Sanctuary, Qal’at al-Bahrain

Tips for Visiting

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Muharraq Island

When to go: Unless you want to feel like you’re in a microwave all day, everyday, then it’s best to visit Bahrain in the winter months from November until early March.

Common Phrases: Yes: Away/Na’am, No: La, Thank You: Shukran, Hello: Ahlan, How are you: Izzayak? How much: Bi Kaam?, If God is willing, than it will happen: Inshaallah, Please: Min Fadilak, I don’t understand: Ana laa Afham

Specific Events/Holidays: Bahrain is an Islamic country so holidays vary from year to year. The many events are Ramadan and Eid Al-Adha.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The main airport for travelers taking flights to Bahrain is the Bahrain International Airport

Need more information?: Check out the Bahrain travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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