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"Bahrain is a small Arab state situated in a bay on the southwestern coast of the Persian Gulf. It is an archipelago consisting of Bahrain Island and some 30 smaller islands. Its name is from the Arabic term al-bahrayn, meaning “two seas.”"
"Bahrain’s flag used to be the largest flag in the world, setting a Guinness world record in 2004 at 169.5m long and 97.1m wide. The five red points signify the five pillars of Islam. The oldest known Bahraini flags were plain red. In 1820, the island signed a treaty with the UK and a white stripe was added to the flag to indicate the truce. In 1932, a serrated edge was added to distinguish Bahrain’s flag from those of its neighbours. The flag originally had 28 white points, but this was reduced to eight in 1972 and five in 2002."
"Islam is practiced by the majority of Bahrainis and governs their personal, political, economic and legal lives."
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Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations, Hepatitis A, and Typhoid
Visas: Required. Evisas and visas on arrival are available.
What to Pack: "Although Bahrain is a Muslim country so they have expectations of clothing, they are quite tolerable about the clothing of expats."
When You Arrive
Water Safety: Most travelers do not need to take special food or water precautions beyond what they normally do at home.
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"Like most Gulf cities, Manama can appear like the realisation of some wealthy developer's fantasy, and it's true that much of the city is an almost entirely modern creation built upon land reclaimed from the sea. But appearances are deceptive: Manama can trace its roots in Islamic chronicles as far back as AD 1345, and in all likelihood there were settlements on and around the best springs on the island for many centuries before that."
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