by Andy Khong
Bahrain is a small island nation located in the Persian Gulf, between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. It is an archipelago of 33 islands, the largest of which is Bahrain Island, where the capital city of Manama is located. Bahrain has a rich history and culture, with evidence of human habitation dating back to ancient times.
Bahrain was one of the earliest places in the Gulf region to embrace Islam, and it has a well-established Muslim heritage that is reflected in its mosques, traditional markets, and other cultural sites. The country’s traditional crafts, such as basket weaving and pottery, are also an important part of its cultural heritage.
Bahrain has a modern economy that is based on oil, natural gas, and financial services. It has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world and is considered one of the most liberal economies in the Gulf region. The country has a modern infrastructure, with well-maintained roads, airports, and seaports.
Bahrain has a diverse population, with the majority being Bahraini nationals. However, there are also significant expatriate communities from South Asia, the Middle East, and other parts of the world. Arabic is the official language, but English is widely spoken.
The country is also known for its Formula One Grand Prix, held annually at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir. Other popular attractions include the Bahrain National Museum, the Al-Fateh Mosque, the Bahrain Fort, Tree of Life^, and the Bahrain City Centre, one of the largest shopping malls in the region.
There is a causeway that joins Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. It is a 25-kilometer-long bridge-like structure that spans across the Gulf of Bahrain; officially known as the King Fahd Causeway, named after the former King of Saudi Arabia, Fahd bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, who initiated its construction.
The causeway was built as a joint project between the governments of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, with construction beginning in 1981 and completing in 1986. It serves as a vital transportation link between the two countries, providing a direct road connection and facilitating trade and travel between them.
The causeway consists of two parallel bridges, one for incoming traffic and one for outgoing traffic, each with several lanes for cars and trucks. It also includes several artificial islands that serve as rest areas, complete with restaurants, cafes, and other amenities. Since its opening, the King Fahd Causeway has played a significant role in promoting economic and cultural ties between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, as well as improving the ease of travel for citizens and visitors alike.
King Fahd Causeway.
Bahrain has a hot and arid climate, with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 40°C (68°F to 104°F) throughout the year. The best time to visit is from November to February when temperatures are cooler and more comfortable. It is a stable and safe country to visit, and its friendly people and rich cultural heritage make it a popular destination for tourists and business travellers alike.
^ Tree of Life: https://www.youngpioneertours.com/tree-of-life-bahrain/
5 Top Things to do in Bahrain: https://www.youngpioneertours.com/top-5-things-to-do-in-bahrain/
YPT is not running a tour to Bahrain in 2023; this was the itinerary in 2022: https://www.youngpioneertours.com/tour/bahrain-tour/