Essential Info for Bahrain

Population: About 1.4 million

Capital city: Manama (also largest city)

Neighbouring countries: Bahrain is a small set of islands in the Persian Gulf. The King Fahd Causeway is a series of bridges connecting Bahrain to it's closest eastern neighbour, Saudi Arabia. Across the Gulf a short distance to the south is Oman, while Iran is further away on the northeastern side of the Gulf.

Geography: Bahrain is primarily a flat and arid desert landscape.

Political system: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy

Major religions: Islam with a Christian minority

Main languages: Arabic is Bahrain's official language but English is widely spoken

Money: The Bahraini Dinar (BHD), divided into 1,000 fils. Expats will only be able to open a bank account with a local bank once they have a residency visa along with a number of other important documents. The exact documents required will vary from bank to bank. ATMs are widely available in most parts of Bahrain.

Tipping: 10 to 15 percent.

Time: GMT +3

Electricity: 230V, 50Hz. UK-style 3-pin plugs are used.

International dialling code: +973

Emergency contacts: 999 for police, ambulance and fire services

Internet domain: .bh

Transport and driving: Cars drive on the right-hand side of the road in Bahrain. Public transport is limited to buses and taxis as there are no rail services available.