Theme Week Bahrain – Central Business District Manama

26 January 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Bahrain World Trade Center © - Allan Donque/cc-by-2.0

Bahrain World Trade Center © – Allan Donque/cc-by-2.0

The Central Business District (CBD) is located in central Manama, the capital of Bahrain. Many of the city’s hotels, office buildings, shops and restaurants are located in the CBD. It lies along the northern coast of Manama. The CBD is considered one of the best shopping areas in the city; it has the Manama Souq (market, in Arabic), located near the Bab Al Bahrain (the Gateway of Bahrain). The old souq has a variety of goods, from spices, condiments, textiles, electronics to jewelry.   read more…

Theme Week Bahrain

23 January 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  11 minutes

Manama © Wadiia/cc-by-sa-4.0

Manama © Wadiia/cc-by-sa-4.0

Bahrain, officially the Kingdom of Bahrain is a small Arab monarchy in the Persian Gulf. Bahrain consists of a group of islands between the Qatar peninsula and the north eastern coast of Saudi Arabia. It is an island country situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf in the Middle East. It is a small archipelago centered on Bahrain Island, its largest land mass. It is just 23 km (14 mi) east off Saudi Arabia, connected to it through the King Fahd Causeway. The peninsula of Qatar is also nearby, about 50 km (31 mi) to the southeast across the Gulf of Bahrain. Iran lies 200 km (124 mi) to the north across the Persian Gulf. The population in 2010 stood at 1,200,000, including 666,000 non-nationals. It is 780 km² in size, making it the third smallest nation in Asia after the Maldives and Singapore. Bahrain had the first post-oil economy in the Persian Gulf. Since the late 20th century, Bahrain has invested in the banking and tourism sectors. Many large financial institutions have a presence in Manama, the country’s capital. Bahrain has a high Human Development Index and was recognised by the World Bank as a high income economy.   read more…

Manama on the Persian Gulf

6 November 2013 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

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.   read more…

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