Bahrain is an island country near the shores of the Persian Gulf. Saudi Arabia lies to the west and Iran lies 200 km to the north. Bahrain is a relatively small country with a population of just over a million. Bahrain is also in the top 50 smallest countries in the world measuring 304 square miles. 92% of the country is desert, but it has very mild winters and very hot summers.
Bahrain’s currency is the second most highly valued unit in the world and has heavily invested in banking and tourism. The economy of Bahrain is currently very strong and depends heavily on oil, which is worth 60% of its overall exports. It's also a worldwide centre for Islamic baking, with financial services being the second biggest export. The country has recently created new policies aimed at making Bahrain a larger financial power, and is currently addressing debt and youth unemployment, which are the biggest challenges to the economy.
For those visiting the country on business, the serviced apartment industry provides accommodation ideally located close to Bahrain's business districts. With a range of property types, a serviced apartment offers a spacious, comfortable and affordable long term accommodation option. Many apartments also feature a range of facilities that you wouldn't find in even some of the best hotels. Serviced accommodation is mainly located throughout Manama.
Population: 1.3 million
Currency: Bahraini dinar (BHD)
Dominant religion: Islam
Time zone: (UTC +1)
Main exports: Oil, Islamic and Offshore Banking and tourism.
Internet domain: .bh
Dial code: +973