Bahrain has thirty three islands & is divided into five governorates :
Capital Manama Governorate
AREA : 770 sq km
NATIONAL DAY : 16th December
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE : Arabic, but English is widely spoken
CURRENCY :: Bahraini Dinar
TIME :GMT + 3 hours
INTERNATIONAL CALLING CODE : +973
Bahrain is an Arab state located in the Middle East Gulf region. The word Bahrain means 'two seas' in Arabic, indicating how the country's geographic position as a collection of islands has been important throughout its history. Bahrain was the first Gulf state to discover oil in 1932 and although it never reached the levels of production compared to its Gulf neighbours, Bahrain has diversified its economy and has become an international banking centre. Bahrain has grown considerably over the past 10 years due to its economic policies and has an economic roadmap vision to make Bahrain more sustainable, competitive and doubling household incomes by 2030. The sectors that have been prioritised for development are, education & training, financial services, logistics, professional & industrial services and ICT.
The Khalifah family has ruled since 1783 and the current leader of the country is Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah. The country provides its people with free medical care, education and pensions.
The estimated population of Bahrain is 1.346 million people. It is expected to reach 1.592 million in 2020 and 2.128 million in 2030. Like other Gulf countries Bahrain is a thriving multi-cultural hub which welcomes people from all around the world.
Expatriates make up almost 55% of the total population, ethnic groups include, Asian 45.5%, other Arabs 4.7%, African 1.6%, European 1%, other 1.2% which includes Gulf Co-operative country nationals.
MAIN INDUSTRIES OF BAHRAIN
petroleum processing and refining,
Banking, insurance & financial services
BAHRAIN EMPLOYMENT VISA
Visas are required by all visitors to Bahrain except passport holders of the GCC States.
Like other gulf states, in order to work in Bahrain, you will need to be sponsored by your employer. Your employer will take care of much of the administration as it will be their responsibility. Employers will have to apply to the Labour Market Regulatory Authority prior to your arrival to the kingdom and you merely need to help supply the requested documents. It is also necessary to include a Curriculum Vitae (CV) to prove that you're suitably qualified to fulfil the appointed position. Once you have obtained a work permit and arrived in Bahrain, you will need to apply for a residency visa, as well as a Central Population Registry (Identification card). Should you wish to bring your family to the kingdom you will have to apply for a family visa via the Labour Market Regulatory Authority. Please see below for further information.