Looking to boost your local knowledge? Take a look at these 23 interesting facts about Bahrain!
- Consisting of 33 islands, Bahrain is an archipelago in the Persian Gulf.
- Its nearest neighbours are Kuwait and Iraq to the northwest, Iran to the north, UAE and Qatar to the south east and Saudi Arabia to the south and west.
- Need to fly back to Bahrain? The coordinates of 26.0275° N, 50.5500° E will get you there!
- The terrain here is mostly low lying desert plain, rising gently to low central escarpment.
- The total land area of Bahrain is just 277 square miles (717 square kilometres)…
- …that’s around one fifth of the size of Cornwall!
- Bahrain’s population was 1.3 million in 2013…
- …almost triple the population of Cornwall, making it a very densely populated country!
- Residents here are known as ‘Bahrainis’.
- Not only are there fresh water wells in Bahrain, but it has also been known for fresh water to bubble up in the middle of the salt water!
- The capital is Manama; it covers an area of 11.6 square miles (30 square kilometres) and had a population of 411,000 in 2015.
- Bahrainis enjoy an arid climate with mild winters and very hot, humid summers where the temperature can reach nearly 50°C!
- The Bahrain World Trade Centre is the world’s first skyscraper to include wind turbines in its design!
- The official language of Bahrain is Arabic, although English, Farsi and Urdu are also spoken here.
- If you’re visiting friends or family here, you’ll need to exchange your money into Bahraini Dinar; the official currency here.
- One of many tourism hotspots in Bahrain is the ‘Tree of life’, a 400 year old tree that grows in the desert with no apparent water source or other local vegetation – amazing!
- The average life span here is 74 years.
- In 2006, Bahrain entered the Guinness Book of Records for the largest Mortar Board at an incredible 6x6m!
- Bahrain has hosted a Formula One Grand Prix 4 times since 2010. In 2014 it was held at night under floodlights for the first time!
- Bahrain grows fruit and vegetables, rears poultry and catches shrimp.
- Its industry consists of petroleum processing and refining, aluminium smelting, offshore banking, tourism and ship repairing.
- Bahrain also exports petroleum and petroleum products, aluminium and textiles.
- Do you know someone lucky enough to live in Bahrain? You can call Bahrain and save money through Cherry Call. Don’t forget to use the international dialling code of 00973.
Would you like to keep up-to-date with what’s going on where your loved ones live? Head over to the Gulf News Bahrain website (http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/bahrain) to see what’s new in Bahrain.