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  •              Bahrain's small size and central location among Persian Gulf countries require it to play a delicate balancing act in foreign affairs among its larger neighbors. Facing declining oil reserves, Bahrain has turned to petroleum processing and refining and has transformed itself into an international banking center. The new amir, installed in 1999, has pushed economic and political reforms and has worked to improve relations with the Shi'a community. In February 2001, Bahraini voters approved a referendum on the National Action Charter - the centerpiece of the amir's political liberalization program. In February 2002, Amir HAMAD bin Isa Al Khalifa proclaimed himself king. In October 2002, Bahrainis elected members of the lower house of Bahrain's reconstituted bicameral legislature, the National Assembly.

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    Arabic is the official language of Bahrain, though English is widely understood and used for business purposes. Islam is the religion of Bahrain, though places of worship of other faith also exist in the island.

    The Arabian Gulf has an average depth of 35 meters, most of it is situated at the vicinity of Bahrain and shallower than this.

    Bahrain is the fashionable area of the Arab world, comprising most modern restaurants, nightlife and modern restaurants in its capital city, Manama. Though most tourists visit the country by air, the island is also linked to the mainland by King Fahad Causeway, a bridge that is 15.5 miles long.

    Bahrain houses most ancient castles and fortifications that are worth visiting. Also there are mind-boggling array of historical artifacts at the Bahrain National Museum. The climate is hot during summer and mild during winter. Temperatures are coolest between December and March when northerly winds prevail. From July to September the average temperature is 36 degrees centigrade, and annual average rainfall is close to 77mm.

    The Soukh: Visit to Bahrain would remain incomplete without making a trip to the Soukh, which is full of sounds, aromas and colors. Everything from cloth of colors and textures to jewelry and gold and a traditional array of spices and local produce is available. The place provides modern trade facilities, and is worth visiting if not for anything else, to enjoy brightly colored fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, spices and nuts. The Gold Souq consists of contemporary European jewelry and the traditional Bedouin designs and other variety of styles. The Cloth Souq contains materials of all colors and textures ranging from silk to cotton and wool.

    Siyadi House: Built by Ahmed Bin Qassem Siyadi, a pearl merchant, it has fine features to look out for, including stained glass windows, ornate ceilings, carved screens and a large safe set into the wall of an upper reception room.

    Museum of Pearl Diving: Is considered as the most important historic buildings in Bahrain. It derives importance as being the first official center for Bahrain Courts. The building was inaugurated by Late H.H. Sh. Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, the past Governor of Bahrain, during Calendar year 18th October, 1937. At that time the building comprised of four Supreme Courts, apart from three Directorates. Later on, during 1984 the building was transformed into a Traditional Heritage Center. Currently, the Museum of Pear Diving is under the control of Directorate of Archaeology and Heritage, one of the major Directorates of Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and Information. The Museum of Pearl Diving, is considered as a source of pride to Bahrain, its governors and people from past to present.

    Bair Al Qu'ran: The House was built so as to accommodate a valuable collection of the Holy Quaran and manuscripts, a unique concept in the Arabian Gulf. The complex comprises a library, a mosque, a school auditorium and five exhibition halls.

    Shaikh Isa's House: The Shaikh Isa’s house located at the old down of Muharraq, was the home of great grandfather of Amir, Shaikh Isa Bin Ali Al Khalifa. It represents a fine example of local architecture, with a wind tower, wall carving and lattice work, indicating a traditional nineteenth century life.

    Tree of Life: Standing alone in the desert about two kilometers from Jebel Dukhan, this mystic tree is a welcome shade from the day's heat, though the source of water for the tree still remains a mystery.

    Oil Museum: Oil Museum is situated near the "Oil Well No.1" and was inaugurated on 2nd June 1992 to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of discovery of oil in Bahrain, which was also the first country in the Middle East to do so. The museum comprises fascinating drilling equipments, old photographs, document and the working model of an oil rig.

    King Fahad Causeway: Opened during 1986, this engineering link that connects Saudi Arabia with Bahrain, is also one of the most expensive bridges in the world. The bridge traverses Umm Nasan Island, a sanctuary for wildlife, and at the halfway point there is a facility area, that comprises a restaurant, which could be visited even if one does not travel all the way to Saudi Arabia.

    Horse Riding: The Middle East is well known for its passion for Horse Riding. The visitors will have a choice of quite a few stables, with mounts suitable for all ages and abilities. It has a splendid race track, together with a grandstand for 10,000 spectators.

    Riffa Golf Club: The Riffa Golf Club was designed by a leading golf designer, Karl Litton. The club covers a length of 24 hectares, and comprises landscaped shrubbery and palms to give a tropical feeling of desert terrain. The course has been created so as to match international caliber.

    Diving: Pearl Diving has been the heritage of Bahrain for millennia. Today, the productive oyster beds continue to flourish providing exciting and rewarding diving opportunities all around the year. The water temperatures ranging from 340C during summer to 200C during winter, offer comfortable conditions for diving all through the year. The divers, snorkellers and photographers can discover a myriad of Indo Pacific species including trigger fish, turtles, surgeon fish, grouper, trevally and barracuda cruise. Apart from the reef, the island has a number of barges, tugs, ships and planes. Scuba and snokelling equipment, education, and excursions are available that meet the international standards through a PADI 5 Star Dive Center located in Manama.

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