Discover the Magic of Bahrain: An Island Nation with a Deep & Rich Heritage
Welcome to the Kingdom of Bahrain, a fascinating island country that blends old-world charm and a unique modernity. With stunning landscapes, beautiful beaches, impressive architecture, and a vibrant atmosphere, Bahrain is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the magic of the Middle East
By H.E. Ms. Muna Abbas Mahmood Radhi, Ambassador of Bahrain to Thailand
To truly appreciate what Bahrain has to offer, it is essential to explore its rich heritage. From the Dilmun civilisation to the development of the pearl industry, The Kingdom of Bahrain’s history is nothing short of awe-inspiring. As the region’s first commercial hub at the intersection of Mesopotamia and India, for over 5,000 years Bahrain was one of the largest trade hubs in the ancient world. Today, Bahrainis have an open and tolerant outlook, making it a genuinely international society, receptive to innovations and new ideas.
A centre of Arab culture, hospitality, and enterprise, Bahrain is a nation with established values and beliefs, and as a proud island nation, it has successfully established a culture that blends international and local elements. Modern Bahrain is the product of the unique circumstances that have shaped the island country, the combination of the spirit of the people, the location, and the history. Today, it serves as a link between the past, present, and future. The nation is united by the diversity of its culture and history, which also helps it to establish a distinct place in the world.
Where Traditions Meet Modernity
Bahrain is the pioneering financial services centre of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and has a long history of serving as the original financial and professional services hub of the Arabian Gulf. With over 350 institutions, its financial services sector is the most established in the GCC region, contributing 17.5% to the country’s GDP. The country’s regulatory environment is progressive and the cost of doing business in financial services is up to 27% lower than that of the neighbouring countries. The Central Bank of Bahrain sets the framework for the financial services sector, creating opportunities for traditional finance, Islamic finance, and fintech and payments.
The Kingdom of Bahrain offers a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere that is both safe and secure. People in Bahrain have the opportunity to strike a balance between work, family, and leisure. They value their deeply ingrained traditions, while embracing their progressive outlook, thus, striving to strike a balance between tradition and modernity. Bahrain is a place where people from all over the world feel at home. Its global community includes skilled professionals from across the globe. It is a place where business can easily be conducted, with access to the over $2 trillion GCC market as well as the larger MENA region. In its open-minded business climate, there is freedom to conduct business as usual, and for the majority of activities, 100% foreign ownership provides real control and protects profits.
Vibrant Beauty and Culture
Discover the allure of Bahrain, where contemporary trends and ancient traditions merge seamlessly to create a mesmerising cultural experience. Immerse yourself in the spirituality of the country’s mosques, marvel at its ancient architecture, and indulge in the tantalising traditional foods found in the bustling souqs. With more than 5,000 years of history and culture to explore, Bahrain’s cultural and historical core offers a glimpse into its future.
The Ultimate Bahrain experience is a perfect blend of the country’s Desert Oasis and contemporary offerings, providing a true sense of the nation. From the thrilling Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix experience to the serene desert landscapes and tranquil beaches, Bahrain has something for everyone. The country is living proof that the past and the present can coexist harmoniously, creating an unforgettable journey for visitors.
Explore the country’s extensive history and culture, including the only indigenous Jewish community on the Arabian Peninsula, in addition to the Buddhist and Hindu communities that also call Bahrain home. Do not miss the opportunity to witness Bahrain’s unique success story, where all members of the community can contribute and succeed, making it a trailblazer for societies seeking social unity.
Embark on the Ultimate Bahrain experience and discover why this small Arabian Gulf kingdom is a reference point for nearby societies seeking a more peaceful, harmonious, and resilient global society.
Experiences of a Lifetime
Bahrain is a destination like no other, offering a unique blend of shopping and stunning natural wonders.
Whether you are looking for luxury brands or unique local crafts, the nation caters to all preferences of shoppers, making the experience truly unique and unforgettable. The country’s rich history in the pearl industry means that visitors can find exquisite pieces of jewellery, while the modern malls and museums offer opulent retail therapy that is certain to leave shoppers amazed.
Notably, Jacques Cartier’s visit to Bahrain in 1912 contributed to the country’s significance in the world of luxury goods. His mission was to source the best pearls, which at the time were more valuable than diamonds, and Bahrain was at the centre of this pearl trade. Cartier’s success as a global luxury brand was largely dependent on this visit, as the founder immersed himself in the pearl trade world, made valuable contacts that helped its business with the maharajas, and gained inspiration for Cartier jewellery through his observations of local motifs, Islamic shapes, and regional building designs. Cartier began to portray itself as pearl importers and suppliers after the trip, further cementing Bahrain’s place in the world of luxury goods.
With its pristine beaches, glistening pearls, and succulent oysters, visitors can indulge in a range of activities like yachting, snorkeling, and paddle boarding. Its magnificent beach resorts offer private access to the seas, perfect for a sun-kissed holiday. The exclusive beaches are where you can enjoy a family-friendly day out or a luxurious beach experience like no other.
Bahraini Cuisine, A Melting pot of cultures
Bahrain’s rich history has influenced its cuisine, which reflects the influences of the various cultures that have passed through the region. Its traditional cuisine is closely linked to its environment and resources. For centuries, the country’s inhabitants relied heavily on fishing and pearl diving, and as a result, seafood plays a major role in Bahraini cuisine. In addition, the cuisine incorporates ingredients such as rice, bread, vegetables, and spices, which have been influenced by the cuisines of neighbouring countries such as India.
Throughout its history, Bahrain has interacted with various empires and dynasties, including the Assyrians, Babylonians and the Portuguese, all of which have left their mark on the country’s culture and cuisine. The influence of these cultures can be seen in the various spices and cooking techniques used in Bahraini cuisine.
In recent years, Bahrain has become a popular destination for food tourism, with its rich culinary heritage attracting visitors from all over the world. The country’s food scene is known for its diversity and innovation, with traditional Bahraini dishes being reimagined in new and exciting ways. From street food to high-end restaurants, the country offers something for every taste and budget.
Bahrain is an ideal location for businesses looking to expand in the region. With easy access to over a $2 trillion GCC market and the larger MENA region, the Kingdom of Bahrain is strategically located at the heart of the Arabian Gulf, making it a hub for global transportation and logistics companies wishing to establish or expand their presence in the region.
Bahrain’s advanced and interconnected transport infrastructure offers convenient access to the GCC market by air, road, or sea, and Saudi Arabia, the region’s largest economy, is just a 30-minute drive across the King Fahd Causeway.
The country’s business-friendly environment, competitive operating costs, skilled local workforce, and fast customs clearance times make setting up in the Kingdom an attractive proposition for businesses. Furthermore, Bahrain is investing over $30 billion into strategic projects that will further contribute to expanding and connecting its transportation network both locally and internationally, making it an even more appealing location for businesses looking to expand their operations.
With an open-minded business climate, 100% foreign ownership, and a talented bilingual workforce, Bahrain is the perfect location for businesses seeking to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the GCC market and the MENA region.
Ideal Place to Live and Work
Bahrain is the friendliest nation in the Middle East, and the perfect place for anyone looking for a warm and welcoming environment to live and work. It has been ranked first globally as the ‘Best Destination for Getting Started Abroad’ in 2023, according to the Expat Essentials Index published by InterNations. But that’s not all – the country has been ranked as the fifth easiest place to settle globally, and eighth overall in HSBC’s 2021 Expat Explorer Survey. It is also the number one location globally for cost-effectiveness for mid-sized and small cities, according to FDI Intelligence’s Global Cities of the Future 2020/2021 ranking.
Thanks to the country’s supportive visa policies, entering Bahrain is easy for employees and visitors alike. Nationals of 67 countries can get a one-month visa upon arrival, which can be renewed for an additional three months, and now, Bahrain has extended its eVisa eligibility to 114 countries.
Come and discover why Bahrain is the perfect place for you to live and conduct your business!