From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search


Flag of Bahrain.svg

Bahrain (/bɑːˈrn/ (About this sound listen); Arabic: البحرينal-Baḥrayn Arabic pronunciation: [aɫ baħrajn] (About this sound listen)), officially the Kingdom of Bahrain (Arabic: مملكة البحرينAbout this sound Mamlakat al-Baḥrayn), is an island country in the Persian Gulf. The sovereign state comprises a small archipelago centered around Bahrain Island, situated between the Qatar peninsula and the north eastern coast of Saudi Arabia, to which it is connected by the 25-kilometre (16 mi) King Fahd Causeway. Bahrain's population is 1,234,571 (c. 2010), including 666,172 non-nationals. It is 765.3 square kilometres (295.5 sq mi) in size, making it the third-smallest nation in Asia after the Maldives and Singapore.

Bahrain is the site of the ancient Dilmun civilisation. It has been famed since antiquity for its pearl fisheries, which were considered the best in the world into the 19th century. Bahrain was one of the earliest areas to convert to Islam, in 628 CE. Following a period of Arab rule, Bahrain was occupied by the Portuguese in 1521, who in turn were expelled in 1602 by Shah Abbas I of the Safavid dynasty under the Persian Empire. In 1783, the Bani Utbah clan captured Bahrain from Nasr Al-Madhkur and it has since been ruled by the Al Khalifa royal family, with Ahmed al Fateh as Bahrain's first hakim.

Selected general articles

Did you know...

Need help?

Do you have a question about Bahrain that you can't find the answer to?

Consider asking it at the Wikipedia reference desk.

Get involved

For editor resources and to collaborate with other editors on improving Wikipedia's Bahrain-related articles, see WikiProject Bahrain.

Selected images

In the news

4 November 2018 – Bahraini uprising of 2011
Bahrain's Court of Appeal rules that the former leader of the now outlawed Al-Wefaq party, Sheikh Ali Salman, will receive a life sentence over his conviction for 2011 spying for Qatar. (BBC)
10 October 2018 –
Four people are killed and 20 others are injured when an apartment building collapses in Manama, Bahrain. (Gulf Business)



Associated Wikimedia

The following Wikimedia Foundation sister projects provide more on this subject:






Learning resources



Purge server cache

Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Portal:Bahrain&oldid=868141405"
This content was retrieved from Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Bahrain
This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article "Portal:Bahrain"; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA