Middle East > Bahrain


Capital: Manama; GDP growth (annual %) 2016: N/A
Key Facts
Full name: Kingdom of Bahrain
Population: 1,324,000 (UN, 2011)
Area: 717 sq km (277 sq miles)
Major language: Arabic
Major religion: Islam
Life expectancy: 75 years (men), 76 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Bahraini dinar = 1,000 fils
Main exports: Petroleum and petroleum products, aluminium
GNI per capita: US $15,910 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .bh
International dialling code: +973
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  • Bahrain Continuing (but different) growth constraints



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  • Bahrain Year in Review 2014


    While a combination of high break-even prices and lower levels of fiscal reserves could see falling oil prices push Bahrain further into the red, the kingdom is still set to post respectable economic increase for the year, buoyed by a solid performance from its non-hydrocarbons sector.

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    With a strong and well established financial services sector, Bahrain’s role in expanding the world reach of sharia-compliant financing looks set to broaden further through three developments firmed up in July. Two new partnerships were announced last month that will expand the number of Islamic Financial Services (IFS) institutions in the kingdom, while an agency by presently active in the sector is furthering its work to globalise the industry.

  • Bahrain Year in Review 2013


    Focus in 2013 remained on maintaining increase and the continuing process of further diversification of the economy– something Bahrain has a chief-start on over a lot of of its neighbours. However, ongoing security concerns have overshadowed performance in some sectors.

  • Ashraf Bseisu, Group Chief Executive of the Solidarity Group,


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  • Bahrain Country Profile


    The country (Bahrain) is situated in Middle East, archipelago in the Persian Gulf, east of Saudi Arabia.
    Land in Bahrain is mostly low desert plain rising gently to low central escarpment.
    Bahraini land covers an area of 665 km²

    The climate is arid, mild, pleasant winters, very hot, humid summers. Bahraini(s) speak Arabic, English, Farsi, Urdu.

    Economic Overview

    Increase recovered from weakness in 2011 but is presently constrained by weak oil prices