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Bahrain: Photo Journey

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Bahrain consists of 33 islands in the Persian Gulf (Arabian Gulf). The islands are mostly desert, and most of the population lives in or near Manama, the capital.

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Kit B (276)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 11:25 am
Map of Bahrain -

Fast Facts


Capital:Manama; 139,000

Area:717 square kilometers (277 square miles)

Language:Arabic, English, Farsi,

UrduReligion:Shiite and Sunni Muslim

Currency:Bahraini dinar

Life Expectancy:74GDP per Capita:U.S. $15,100Literacy Percent:89

Bahrain consists of 33 islands in the Persian Gulf (Arabian Gulf). The islands are mostly desert, and most of the population lives in or near Manama, the capital. Since the 1930s the oil industry has replaced pearl diving, and Bahrain has become a financial and communications hub. It is connected to Saudi Arabia by the 26-kilometer (16-mile) King Fahd Causeway. Since independence from Britain in 1971, there has been conflict between the ruling Sunni tribe and the Shiite majority. A new constitution in 2002 provided for an elected parliament and gave women the right to vote and stand as candidates.

•Industry: Petroleum processing and refining, aluminum smelting, offshore banking, ship repairing, tourism

.•Agriculture: Fruit, vegetables; poultry; shrimp

.•Exports: Petroleum and petroleum products, aluminum, textiles

Staple Foods

Bread: bread in Bahrain is fairly common, but it is generally more of a flat bread
Hummus: a dip consisting of mashed chickpeas (garbanzo beans), tahini, garlic, and lemon
Tabbouleh: a "salad" generally made of parsley, bulgur, tomatoes, garlic, and lemon

Regional Variations, Specialties, & Unique Dishes

Falafel: fried chickpeas (garbanzo beans) balls served with vegetables in bread
Machboos: the national dish is rice topped with meat or fish and sometimes also a tomato sauce
Muhammar: rice served with dates and/or sugar
Qoozi (or ghoozi): grilled lamb stuffed with rice, eggs, onions, and spices
Shawarma: lamb or chicken kebab seasoned and grilled, then served in pita bread

Dining Etiquette

When eating with the Bahrainis there are a few etiquette rules you must know and follow, the most important of which are related to the religion of the majority (of the citizens), Islam. If you follow these most important rules, the people will be rather forgiving of minor mistakes you make. If your dining hosts/guests are not Muslim, which is the case often times as the country is quite diverse, follow the dining rules of the host or just follow conservative Western Europe dining customs.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 11:27 am

Getting photographs and information on Bahrain is nearly as complicated as getting there.

Do click on the pictures to get a full photo array.


Pat B (356)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 11:48 am
Thank you, Kit for my next country tour. Enjoyed viewing Bahrain.

JL A (281)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 11:52 am
The menu sounds like very similar to many other Middle Eastern countries--in Denmark restaurants with Shawarma in the name or on the menu is very common--served in ways much like fast food.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 11:54 am

Not really very exotic, but it does sound yummy. I can added humus to anything to improve the taste.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Wednesday June 26, 2013, 4:14 pm
No thanks.

Ben O (171)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 3:25 am
Well, here's another story about Bahrain:
"Human rights record in Bahrain still abysmal" (Human Rights Watch)
When European Union ministers meet their counterparts from the Gulf Cooperation Council states for a summit in Bahrain on June 30, the dismal state of that island kingdom's human rights record needs to have a prominent place on the agenda. Despite King Hamad's claims of reform, Bahrain is clearly heading down the road of greater repression and the EU ministers should make a point of clearly and publicly saying so.

For starters, Europe should call for the release of political prisoners – among them three with EU citizenship – who languish in jail, some serving life terms, for crimes such as 'possessing political leaflets', 'participating in illegal demonstrations' and calling for a constitutional monarchy. Bahrain's claim that it has released all those jailed solely for speech offenses is a blatant lie....
To be continued:

Lindsay K (6)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 4:46 am
Some great photos - thanks for posting.

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 3:31 pm
Too dry for my liking, too much desert, I must have green around me, I enjoy trees. According to Ben poor human rights, as Theodore said, no thanks. But don't mind the tour, better than going there.

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 27, 2013, 8:28 pm
Thanks 4 another journey Kit--looking forward to the next tour! Thx Kit

Mark p.muc (31)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 9:28 am
Thanks ...

marie C (163)
Monday July 1, 2013, 3:33 pm
Thanks Kit I spent time in Bahrain airport a few years ago I remember beautiful jewellery shops ,
Happy to be on your tour

Abdessalam D (145)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 5:05 am
Noted. Thanks Kit.
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