Country briefing: Bahrain

News reports and articles

Latest news about Bahrain
A compilation from multiple sources

Brian Whitaker's blog posts and other articles about Bahrain

Online news sources for Bahrain​

Basic information

CIA World Factbook
The geography, people, government and economy of Bahrain

BBC country profile
Essential facts, plus politics, media and key dates in Bahrain's history

Local time

Local weather

Maps of Bahrain
(University of Texas)

Currency converter
Bahrain dinar (BHD)

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

Click here for more about the Bahraini flag

History and politics

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

Constitutional background

Text of constitution (2002)

Previous constitution (1973)

List of government ministers (CIA)

King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
(Foreign Ministry website)

International Crisis Group
Recent reports about Bahrain

Voice of Bahrain
Opposition website (English and Arabic)

Bahrain Watch
Monitoring and advocacy

Historical and political texts relating to Bahrain


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

Water and agriculture in Bahrain
FAO country profile

Bahrain: further reading

Bahrain's Uprising
by Ala'a Shehabi and Marc Owen Jones, 2015. Available from or

Group Conflict and Political Mobilization in Bahrain and the Arab Gulf: Rethinking the Rentier State
by Justin Gengler, 2015. Available from or

Bahrain in Focus
by Jane Kinnimont, 2016. Available from or

The Political Transformation of Gulf Tribal States: Elitism and the Social Contract in Kuwait, Bahrain and Dubai, 1918–1970s
by Shaul Yanai, 2016. Available from or

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

The Arab Spring and the Gulf States: Time to embrace change
Mohamed Althani, 2013. Available from or

Bahrain from the Twentieth Century to the Arab Spring
Miriam Joyce, 2012. Available from or