Capital City: Manama Population: 1.7 million

Overview Mix the beauty and mystique of Arabic culture with the modernity of a culturally diverse city and you have the island country of Bahrain. 5-star hotels, malls, and luxury sports cars dot the capital city of Manama, while the occasional camel or rider on horseback can be spotted at any moment outside the metropolitan area. A sparkling city at night, also known in the Persian Gulf region for its liberal approach to attire, entertainment, and religion, the royal Al Khalifa family has ruled since the 18th century with a King who is head of government. An active diplomatic and professional community of expatriates help make up nearly half of the country’s population. A majority of those here for employment come from India, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, various countries in nearby Africa and Europe, the United States, and other Gulf countries. Hindu temples, Churches and other non-muslim places of worship can be found throughout the city. The official language is Arabic, though English is widely spoken.

Exchange Rate 1 BHD = 2.65 USD

Occupational Outlook High standard of living, low taxation, moderately high wages, moderate cost of living, moderately high level of safety

Work Week Sunday to Thursday

Dress Code Modest western-style clothing is acceptable for men and women

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Popular Mobile Apps Talabat, Instagram, WhatsApp, Carriage

Regional Cuisine Bahraini Breakfast, Dates, Lamb Biryani

Holidays Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Ashura

Tourist Attractions & Entertainment Bahrain International Circuit, Grand Mosque, Bahrain National Museum, Manama Souq, City Centre Mall, Al Dar Island

News & Calendars Gulf News, Calendar.bh

Notable Neighborhoods Adliya, Juffair, Muharraq, Amwaj

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