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.