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Country briefing: Bahrain


News reports and articles

Latest news from Bahrain

Blog posts about Bahrain by Brian Whitaker

Other articles about Bahrain by Brian Whitaker

Online news sources for Bahrain 

Basic information

History, politics, geography, economy and more

Bahrain: a country study
Detailed information from the US Library of Congress

CIA World Factbook - Bahrain

BBC country profile - Bahrain

Maps of Bahrain 

Local time

Local weather

Currency converter 
Bahrain dinar (BHD)

National flag of Bahrain

National anthem 
Audio, lyrics and sheet music (National Anthems Reference Page)

Languages of Bahrain
Ethnologue Database

Historical and political texts relating to Bahrain


Constitutional background

Text of constitution (2002)

Previous constitution (1973)

List of government ministers (CIA)

King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa  
(Foreign Ministry website)

Voice of Bahrain 
Opposition website (English and Arabic)

Bahrain Watch 
Monitoring and advocacy

Human rights reports on Bahrain

Sectarian Gulf: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the Arab Spring That Wasn't 
by Toby Matthiesen, 2013

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Bahrain timeline
A chronology of key events (from the BBC)

History of Bahrain (Wikipedia)


US State Department
Consular information and travel advice

British Foreign Office
Travel advice

Lonely Planet 
Online tourist guide to Bahrain

Bahrain Guide 
Tips for visitors

Gulf Air 
The national airline

Bahrain International Airport 

Electricity, plugs and sockets 


World Bank 
Economic data

Bahrain and the IMF

Economic news and data (zawya.com)


In the Bahrain section


Books from Amazon


Lonely Planet Arab Gulf States: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Oatar, Saudi Arabia & the UAE
Gordon Robison. Paperback, 1996
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After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies 
Christopher Davidson, 2012. Available from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk


The International Relations of the Persian Gulf
by F. Gregory Gause III, 2009
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Last revised on 26 December, 2014