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Bahrain General Info
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Area

710.9 square kilometres (274.5 square miles)

Population

724,000 people (the 2003 estimate).

Population Density

937.5 people per square kilometre

Capital

Manama.

Manama Population

140,401 people (the 1992 official estimate).

Geography

Some key geographical facts:

Bahrain, located between the Qatar peninsula and Saudi Arabia’s east coast, boasts a group of 33 small islands in the Arabian Gulf.

 The highest spot in the country is at the heart of the island, called Jebel Dukhan.

Most of the country’s oil wells are to be found in this area.

The main island has the valuable possession of an sufficient supply of fresh water, which is unique to the region, both on land and offshore.

There are considerable date gardens to the north with irrigated vegetable and fruit plantations.

The strategic 24 kilometre (15 mile) long King Fahad Causeway connects Bahrain with Saudi Arabia.

Government

Bahrain is part of a Constitutional Monarchy.

Bahrain became completely independent in 1971 after having been governed and controlled by the United Kingdom from 1861.

King Sheikh Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa has been the Head of State since 1999.

Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa has been the Head of Government since 1971.

Language

Bahrain's official language is Arabic; however, English is spoken throughout the country.

Religion

About 85% of Bahraini society is Muslim of which 60% is Shi’ite and 40% is Sunni. There are also other faiths, including Christianity, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism and Buddhism.

Time Zone

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) + 3.

Electricity

230 volts AC/50Hz. Lamp sockets are either bayonet or screw type. Plug fittings are generally of the 13 amp pin type.
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CIA Factbook - Bahrain information on the geography, people & maps