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Short Name BRN
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Tel: +973 1717 6677, +973 1717 6666

Fax: +973 1717 6634

Web Address www.boc.bh
Email info@boc.bh
Capital Manama
Language Arabic
Population 1,046,814
Area 665 km²
Calling code +973
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Bahrain meaning Kingdom of the two seas is an island situated in the Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia lies to the west and is connected to Bahrain by the King Fahd Causeway and the capital is Manama. It gained independence from the UK on 15 August 1971.

Bahrain is the home to many tourist attractions such as the tree of life, Bahrain grand prix, the souk and gold souk markets and various museums to name but a few.

Its main exports are petroleum, petroleum products and aluminium. Its natural resources comprise of large quantities of oil and natural gas as well as fish stocks and pearls.


Bahrain is sometimes described as the "Middle East lite" a country that mixes modern infrastructure with a Gulf identity, but unlike other countries in the region its prosperity is not solely a reflection of the size of its oil wealth, but also related to the creation of an indigenous middle class.


Bahrain has mild winters and very hot, humid summers with temperatures exceeding 90 °F (32 °C).

The most pleasant time of year in Bahrain is during spring or autumn when sunshine is virtually guaranteed, along with warm temperatures tempered by soft breezes.

Summers can be very hot and humid, though the humidity is modified at the end of the season when a dry northwesterly wind blows, known locally as the 'Al Barah'.

Winter is cooler and influenced by low-pressure systems, which bring rainfall. Average rainfall is low, but most of it falls in winter. On average, rain falls only about 10 days a year.


81.2% being Sunni Muslim and Shi'a Muslim, (Christian 9%, other 9.8%)


Football is the most popular modern sport, while horse racing remains a national pastime.

More than 20 types of Arabian horses are bred on the islands, and races are held weekly on Bahrain islands large racecourse, which seats some 10,000 spectators.

Traditional sports such as falconry and gazelle and hare hunting are still practiced by wealthier Bahrainis, and camel racing is a popular public entertainment.

The country first competed in the Summer Olympic Games in 1984; it has not participated in the Winter Games.



Bahrain coaching course attracts 25 participants
19 Aug 2019

Manama, Bahrain, August 19, 2019: A Level 3 course of the National Coaching Programme, organised by the Bahrain Olympic Committee’s Bahrain Olympic Academy, is underway with 25 coaches from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.


Bahrain NOC offers high-tech analysis for athletes
24 Jul 2019

Manama, Bahrain, July 24, 2019: The Physical Performance Laboratory, which is under the Bahrain Olympic Committee, is continuing its pursuit to offer health services for athletes of national clubs and teams to conduct va.....