Road, towers and sea in Manama, Bahrain. ( Photo Jayson De Leon )

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 is a small island state near the western shores of the Persian Gulf. It is ruled by the Al Khalifa royal family. The population in 2010 stood at 1,234,571, including 666,172 non-nationals. Formerly an emirate, Bahrain was declared a kingdom in 2002. Bahrain is an archipelago of 33 islands, the largest being Bahrain Island, at 55 km (34 mi) long by 18 km (11 mi) wide. Saudi Arabia lies to the west and is connected to Bahrain by the King Fahd Causeway. Qatar is to the southeast across the Gulf of Bahrain. The planned Qatar Bahrain Causeway will link Bahrain and Qatar and become the world's longest marine causeway. Known for its oil and pearls, Bahrain is also home to many large structures, including the Bahrain World Trade Center and the Bahrain Financial Harbour, with a proposal in place to build the 1,022 m (3,353 ft) high Murjan Tower. The Qal’at al-Bahrain (the harbour and capital of the ancient land of Dilmun) was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. The Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix takes place at the Bahrain International Circuit.

Capital MANAMA
Currency Dinar di Bahrein (BHD)
Country code 00973
Spoken languages ​​

Arabic (official), English widely used

Passport

Passport: needed, with survival of at least 6 months from the moment of arrival in the country.

Health

The hospital network is sufficiently equipped but, for specialized cases, it is advisable to return to England. Emergency admissions are not free. We recommend that you take out, before embarking on your trip, health insurance to include, in addition to the coverage of medical expenses, even the eventual deportation or transfer in any other country. Warnings You should not drink tap water and do not add ice in drinks.

Telephony

As A consequence of the introduction of the new telephone numbering for both internal traffic from abroad, starting from 1 June 2006 to the corresponding numbers must be prepended to landlines 17 digits, while the numbers corresponding to the phones must be preceded by the number 3.

Information

Bahrein Motor Federation P.O. Box 26381 Manama Tel. (+ 973 17) 406333 Fax (+ 973 17) 406111

Climate

The summer season (April-October) is characterized by high temperatures that can reach 50° C, with very high humidity. The winter season (November-March) is characterised by temperatures no lower than 10° c.

Viability

Licence International (Geneva Convention 1949 model or Vienna 1968). You can get a local license on presentation of a European driving licence and payment of a fee. Car Insurance RCA compulsory. A bill with unlimited guarantee can be made at the border. Vehicles imported temporarily It is required the "carnet customs passage" for vehicles imported temporarily. Local legislation scheduled for exceeding speed limits and road: exceeding speed limits for cars carries heavy penalties, to rest with the withdrawal of the licence, the seizure of a pecuniary fine and imprisonment term for an interim order in the case of an overrun of more than 20 km/h speed limit indicated. General transport: taxi service is widespread, while the bus network is insufficient and little used by tourists. Links with Europe: there is a direct connection to Rome – Fiumicino via GulfAir company and also there are many air connections, even newspapers, with London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Athens, Istanbul. Ordinary road network: 2663 Km. Ports: Mina Sulman/Khalifa Bin Salman Airports: Bahrain International Airport At Muharraq.

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