Manama on the Persian Gulf

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Bahrain Financial Harbour under construction in 2011 © Majed othman almajed/cc-by-sa-3.0

Bahrain Financial Harbour under construction in 2011 © Majed othman almajed/cc-by-sa-3.0

Manama is the capital and largest city of Bahrain, with an approximate population of 155,000 people. Long an important trading center in the Persian Gulf, Manama is home to a very diverse population. In the 20th century, Bahrain’s oil wealth helped spur fast growth and in the 1990s a concerted diversification effort led to expansion in other industries and helped transform Manama into an important financial hub in the Middle East. Manama was designated as the capital of Arab culture for the year 2012 by the Arab League.

Manama is the focal point of the Bahraini economy. While petroleum has decreased in importance in recent years due to depleting reserves and growth in other industries, it is still the mainstay of the economy. Heavy industry (e.g. aluminium smelting, ship repair), banking and finance, and tourism are among the industries which have experienced recent growth. Several multinationals have facilities and offices in and around Manama. The primary industry in Manama itself is financial services, with over two hundred financial institutions and banks based in the CBD and the Diplomatic Area. Manama is a financial hub for the Persian Gulf region and a center of Islamic banking. There is also a large retail sector in the shopping malls around Seef, were the Bahrain Financial Harbour is located, while the center of Manama is dominated by small workshops and traders. The largest mall is Bahrain City Centre.

Manama © flickr.com - Deaf Dude/cc-by-sa-2.0 Manama Skyline 2007 © flickr.com - Chris Price/cc-by-sa-2.0 Manama Skyline at night © Navin Shetty Brahmavar/cc-by-sa-3.0 King Faisal Causeway and Bahrain Financial Harbour © flickr.com - Jayson De Leon/cc-by-2.0 Typical regional architectural style © flickr.com - Jayson De Leon/cc-by-2.0 Manama © Wadiia/cc-by-sa-4.0
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King Faisal Causeway and Bahrain Financial Harbour © flickr.com - Jayson De Leon/cc-by-2.0
Bahrain International Airport is located on Muharraq Island, approximately 7 km (4 mi) from the Central Business District. It is a premier hub airport in the Middle East. Strategically located in the Northern Persian Gulf between the major markets of Saudi Arabia and Iran, the airport has one of the widest range and highest frequency of regional services with connections to major international destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America.

Manama has an arid climate. In common with the rest of Bahrain, Manama experiences extreme climatic conditions, with summer temperatures up to 48 °C (118 °F), and winter as low as 7 °C (45 °F) with even hail at rare occasions. Average temperatures of the summer and winter seasons are generally from 17 °C (63 °F) to about 45 °C (113 °F). The most pleasant time in Bahrain is autumn when sunshine is comparatively low, coupled with warm temperatures tempered by soft breezes.

The country attracts a large number of foreigners and foreign influences, with just under one third of the population hailing from abroad. Alcohol is legal in the country, with bars and nightclubs operating in the city. Bahrain gave women the right to vote in elections for the first time in 2002. Football is the most popular sport in Manama (and the rest of the country), with 3 teams from Manama participating in the Bahraini Premier League.

Read more on LonelyPlanet.com – Manama, Bahrain International Airport, Bahrain Financial Harbour, Wikivoyage Manama and Wikipedia Manama (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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