The Kingdom of Bahrain is an archipelago of 33 islands and has a population of over one million people with millions of tourists visiting annually. The history of Bahrain goes back more then five thousand years to its role as the center of the ancient civilization of Dilmun which dominated the trade routes between Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley.
Bahrain is frequently referred to as the Pearl of the Gulf with a rich history of expert pearl diving. In fact, pearl diving was the main stay of the country’s economy before oil was first discovered in 1932. With this discovery, the nation embarked on a new era in the development of its economy. Today, Bahrain is one of the world’s top financial centers.
Recently Bahrain has experienced much in the way of modernization and alongside the ancient forts and traditional souqs, you will find towering skyscrapers and luxurious residential areas. Yet, Bahrain maintains its true sense of Arabian hospitality.
Bahrainis are warm, friendly and loving people with a deep national pride and keenness to help. Bahrain was conquered by the Al Khalifa dynasty in 1783 when Shaikh Ahmed Al Fateh became the first ruler of Bahrain. Ten generations later, descendant H.M.King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa transformed Bahrain into a Kingdom in the year 2002 with a constitutional Monarch as its head. He also introduced elections for parliament. HRH Prince Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa is the Prime Minister and HRH