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Here is a list of tips, links and phone numbers that newcomers to Bahrain will find useful. You might want to bookmark these links or print them out for easy reference.

 

General tips

  • Have a handful of dinars ready to pay your entry visa fee at the airport
  • Bring lots of passport sized photographs
  • Carry your CPR card at all times
  • Make sure you bring in or airfreight a few personal items in case your house move is delayed
  • If there’s a particular food item you absolutely can’t do without, bring it with you, otherwise enjoy sampling the local food
  • Buy a mobile phone as there are few public phones in residential areas
  • Take your cues from locals and dress appropriately: Women carry a shawl or scarf in case you need to cover up; men check if shorts and t-shirts are acceptable where you’re going
  • Take a tour early on to get a sense of the island
  • Keep lots of small coins and BD1 notes to hand: Often shops don’t have change


Newspapers and magazines

  • Gulf Daily News (http://www.gulf-daily-news.com)
  • Bahrain Tribune (http://www.bahraintribune.com)
  • Gulf Weekly (http://www.gulfweeklyworldwide.com)
  • Bahrain Confidential (http://www.arabianmagazines.com)
  • Bahrain This Month (http://www.bahrainthismonth.com)
  • Bahrain Traveler (http://www.bhtraveler.com)
  • Ohlala! (http://www.wedolotsofthings.com)
  • Woman This Month (http://www.womanthismonth.com)


Useful websites

  • Bahrain Portal for electronic government services (http://www.e.gov.bh)
  • Bahrain International Airport (http://www.bahrainairport.com)
  • Bahrain Tourism (http://www.bahraintourism.com)


Useful books

  • Culture Shock! Bahrain: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette, by Harvey & Margaret Tripp (2004).
  • Bahrain: The Complete Resident’s Guide, lst Edition, Jashanmal Bookstores (2006).
  • Love, Life & Light of Bahrain, a three-book anthology based on the poetry of Qassim Haddad, with photography by Andrew Weaver, Manfred Erber and Mike Hill,
  • text by Allison Holmes; Miracle Graphics Publishing & Distribution, Manama, Bahrain.
  • Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar (Lonely Planet Regional Guides), by Gordon Robinson and Paul Greenway, Lonely Planet Publications, London (2000).
  • Regards Bahrain, by M. Barrault, Editions Michel Heiter, Vesoul, France (2001).
  • Now & Then - Bahrain, by J.J. Nowell, Our Earth Series Vol. IV, Zodiac Publishing, Dubai & Miracle Graphics Printing & Publishing, Bahrain (2001).
  • Bahrain Hands, Dal Al Warqoon Publishing & Distribution, Manama, Bahrain.


Real estate agents

  • Carlton Properties – tel. 1771 6617; http://www.carlton-properties.com
  • Century 21 – tel.1721 2000; http://www.century21-bahrain.com
  • Cluttons – tel.1758 0558; email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Grnata Real Estate – tel. 1756 4400; http://www.grnata.com
  • New World – tel. 1729 3203; email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Phone services

Batelco

  • Main number 1788 1881
  • Residential & Mobile Helpdesk 1788 1111
  • http://www.batelco.com

MTC Vodafone

  • Customer Service Centre 3610 7107
  • http://www.mtc-vodafone.com.bh


Satellite TV

  • Orbit 1722 8022
  • Showtime 1771 3333

 

Expatriate schools

  • Abdulrahman Kanoo Int’l School, Salmabad – tel: 1787 5055
  • Al Hekma Int’l School, Sanad – tel: 1762 0820
  • Al Noor International School, Sitra – tel: 1773 6773
  • Arabian Gulf Pearl School, Belad Al Qadeem – tel: 1740 3666
  • Bahrain Bayan School, Isa Town – tel: 1768 2227
  • Bahrain International School, Juffair – tel: 1772 7828
  • British School of Bahrain, Manama – tel: 1771 0878
  • Delmon School, Manama – tel: 1771 3483
  • Choueifat International School, Amwaj – tel: 1753 1149
  • Ecole Francaise de Bahrain, Busaiteen – tel: 1732 3770
  • Hawar International School, E. Riffa – tel: 1777 0040
  • Ibn Khuldoon National School, Isa Town – tel: 1778 0661
  • Japanese School, Saar – tel: 1779 1550
  • Modern Knowledge School, Juffair – tel: 1772 7712
  • Naseem International School, W. Riffa – tel: 1768 9684
  • Nadeen Int’l School, Um Al Hassam – tel: 1772 8886
  • Sacred Heart School, Manama – tel: 1723 3441
  • Sacred Heart School, Isa Town – tel: 1768 4367
  • Shaikha Hessa Girls' School, W. Riffa – tel: 1775 6111
  • St Christopher's School, Isa Town – tel: 1778 8108
  • St Christopher's School, Budaiya – tel: 1769 1837
  • St Christopher's School, Maqaba – tel: 1759 8600
  • St Christopher's School, Awali – tel: 1775 0755
  • Talents Int’l School, Manama & E Riffa – tel: 1725 2346