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Country Status
Independent Emirate.
Capital
Manama
Population
600,000
Religion
Islam
Head of State

Shaikh Hamad Bin Issa Al-Khalifa.

Languages
Arabic (Official), English, Persian.
Land Surface
660 km˛
Currency
1 Dinar = 1000 Fils.
1 Dinar = US$2.60
US$1 = 0.38 Dinar
Local Time
3 hours ahead of GMT.

Bahrain is an archipelago of 33 islands, where the island of Bahrain is the dominating one (90% of the total area). Other important islands are Umm Al-Nisan, Al-Muharraq, Marquban, Jazirat Hawwar. The elevate is low, with the highest peak of only 135 m on the island Bahrain, and most of the country is only rocky desert. Average summer temperatures are 34؛C, average during winter is 17؛C. Annual rainfall is below 80 mm, but the humidity is between 70% and 80%.

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Bahrain is 4,536 million dollars. Bahrain is a major financial center in the Gulf region . A number of international banks have operations there. Modern technology financed by oil revenues has made the emirate greener. The main exports of Bahrain are petroleum products and aluminum. Food stuff and consumer goods are the main imports. Vegetables and dates are also grown. Dairy and poultry products are also the major activities. The government is fully committed to a policy of industrial diversification. Recent years have seen an increase in small scale industrial development as well as the establishment of service industries.

Visitors require entry visas, except for GCC Nationals And British Citizens born in the UK. 72 hours or 7 day visas are available. Health regulations for yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for all visitors traveling from infected areas. Vaccinations are always available at the airport.

Daily newspapers and magazines are available both Arabic and English. Television and radio broadcast also provide news and entertainment.

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