DESTINATION & TOURISM

Key Facts, International Travel, and Things to Do

    Background

    Bahrain is a small archipelago in the Persian Gulf, neatly situated between the Qatar peninsula and the north eastern coast of Saudi Arabia. The kingdom of Bahrain was the location of the first ever oil well in the Gulf and enjoys all of the luxuries of an oil-based economy.

    Although Arabic is the official language of Bahrain, English is compulsory in schools and you will find that it is spoken widely. It is important to keep in mind that although more liberal that some countries in the region, Bahrain is an Islamic country and respect towards local practices should be held. This includes dressing modestly and avoiding public displays of affection!

    • Language: Arabic
    • Currency: Bahraini Dinar (BHD)
    • Time Zone: AST (GMT+0300)

    International Travel

    Bahrain International Airport is located around 10km from Manama and approximately 40km away from Bahrain International Circuit. Very few airlines offer direct flights from the UK to Bahrain, so be prepared for a stop-over on your flight.

    The majority of tourists visiting Bahrain need a visa for their trip, except for citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). However, in 2018 F1 fans holding valid race tickets were eligible for a FREE 14-day visa on arrival (VOA) in Bahrain. Be sure to check the requirements for 2019.

    Accommodation

    For more information on where to stay and accommodation, check out our dedicated Accommodation page.

    Things To Do

    Bahrain offers something for everyone; from shopping, culture and beaches, Bahrain is sure to keep you busy during your stay.

    In the bustling capital Manama, situated in the north east of the island, there is a wide range of restaurants so you can sample authentic Bahraini cuisine, then hit the clubs and dance the night away.

    For the shopper, Manama has numerous shopping malls including the Moda Mall set in the architectural landmark of the Bahrain World Trade Center.

    See the wonders of Bahrainian culture by exploring the 'must-see' Al-Faith Mosque in Manama. If you hire a car, we suggest a drive south of the island to discover the magical Tree of Life.

    Bahrain is a fantastic destination for those seeking sunshine and beaches. Bahrain boasts a host of public and private beaches and although the country is considered more liberal than some of its neighbours, it is important to note that there are strict guidelines for swimwear, and we recommend you check this before departing.

    Weather

    Temperatures during the summer reach over 35 degrees Celsius. Average high temperature in April is 30 degrees Celsius, while the average low temperature during this time is 22.

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