About Bahrain

Overview about the Kingdom of Bahrain.


His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

The King of the Kingdom of Bahrain

His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa

The Crown Prince and Prime Minister

Title Details
National Day December 16th
Independence Day August 15, 1971 (from the United Kingdom)
Government Constitutional monarchy
Legislature The National Council is composed of the Council of Representatives and the Shura Council

Total population: 1,504,365

Bahrainis: 719,333 (47.8%)

Non-Bahrainis: 785,032 (52.2%)

Male: 61.5%

Female: 38.5%

According to 2021 statistics.

Location/ Area Size

Arabian Gulf

Total area of the Kingdom of Bahrain: 8,269 square kilometres

Land area: 786.5 square kilometres

Territorial water area: 7,482.5 square kilometres

According to 2021 statistics.

Capital Manama
Governorates Bahrain is divided into four governorates - the Capital, Muharraq, Northern and Southern
Languages Arabic is the official language, while the English is the also one of the common languages used in the business sector
Religion Islam is the official religion of the Kingdom and is embraced by the vast majority, and places of worship for followers of other religions are also available within the Kingdom
Currency Bahraini Dinar BHD (Officially linked to the Dollar)
State Budget Bahrain fiscal budget is planned for two years
Fixed Exchange Rate 1 Bahraini Dinar = 2.65 US Dollars
Business Hours

Work schedules in most Government Entities 07:00 AM  - 14:15 PM (Sunday to Thursday)

Banking and financial institutions & Private sector
Regular working hours for retail baking are from 07:30 AM - 01:00 PM (Sunday to Thursday).
Working hours in the evening vary depending on the bank or entity. While the working hours of most private sector institutions are from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Post Offices
Post offices are available within different regions of the Kingdom, and their working hours start from 07:00 AM - 02:00 PM (Saturday to Thursday)
To view the working times for all post offices and public mailboxes, please visit Bahrain Post Services.

Shopping Centers
Shopping Centers operating times vary, but the Malls working hours are often between 10:00 am - 10:00 pm throughout the week.
Some retail shops and shopping centers are closed on Fridays, and reopen after Friday prayers.

Official holidays

Weekly holidays: Friday and Saturday

New year: 1 January

Labour day: 1 May

Eid Alfitr *: 1, 2, 3 Shawwal (21, 22, 23 April 2023)

Arafat day*: 9 Dhu al-Hijjah (27 June 2023)

Eid Aladha *: 10, 11, 12 Dhu al-Hijjah (28, 29, 30 June 2023)

Hijri new year*: 1 Muharram (19 July 2023)

Ashoora *: 9, 10 Muharram (27, 28 July 2023)

Prophet’s birthday*: 12 Rabi Al-Awwal (27 September 2023)

National Day: 16 & 17 December


*Islamic holidays are subject to confirmation at the time


Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Waqf
Time zone 3 hours ahead of GMT (GMT+3)
Country Dialing Code +973
Internet Code


example: www.domainName.bh

International Airport Bahrain International Airport (BAH)
Transportation Buses are available as a means of public transportation. To view the Public Bus Schedule and Route Information, please visit the following link.
Taxis are also widely available within the Kingdom.

Average temperature 28.5°Celisus

The amount of precipitation is 13.4 mm

Average relative humidity 55%

Average hours of sunshine 10.4 hours/day

Average wind speed is 8.8 knots

Meteorogical Directorate



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Content Last Updated: 26 Jun, 2024

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