Bahrain is the largest of the archipelago known as the State of Bahrain. Located centrally in the Arabian Gulf the islands
are strategic to both shipping and defence. Since the early days of sea faring people ; Bahrain has been occcupied by many
rulers. The last colonial rulers were the British. In 1971 Bahrain became Independent and as a member of the United Nations a part
of the world community in good faith.
Bahrain other wise known as Dilmun of the past is ruled by the Al-Khalifa family. A constitution gaurantees the Head of State
position to the Emir.The current Emir is Sheik Isa bin Sulman Al Khalifa who took office in 1961.
Bahrain's economy is mainly service based. While Bahrain does produce some oil for export the quantity is not large enough to
make it a key member of the Opec. Bahrain thus is not a member of Opec. The current estimates are that oil from present sources
will cease to exist in Bahrain in about 10 years. Bahrain does however possess good refineries for refining oil from places such as
Saudhi-Arabia. Located about 12.5 miles from the east coast of Saudhi-Arabia the country maintains excellent ties with Saudhi-
Arabia and other Gulf countries through an organization called the GCC or Gulf Co-operation Council. This unity was a key factor
in the formation of a success military alliance during Desert Storm for the liberation of Kuwait from the Iraqi regime.
Bahrain is also famous for it's tourism and aluminum production. Because of a more liberal environment Bahrain is capable of
pleasing many tourists from around the world and the gulf. In the future such an environment will be the key to an upbeat economy
especially when reliance on oil cannot be obtained.
Now without further notice I will let you dive into the index of links below:
Bahrain in detail.
Images from Bahrain.
Current time in Bahrain.
Satellite picture of Bahrain.
University of Bahrain page.
CIA facts on Bahrain.
Travel advisory on Bahrain from state department.
Satellite picture of the Arabian Peninsula.
Current weather in Bahrain.
Bahrain Photo Album.
Other middle eastern sources. <Middleeast News>
Learn Arabic <Islamic Bookstore.>
Lebanon-online. <Asian Index.>
Middle east league.
Business News. <Indian school Bahrain.>
India info. Bahrain Business page.
Diplomatic corner. Bahrain-online
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