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Getting around in Bahrain PDF Print E-mail
By Rebecca Torr   »   Just days after first arriving in Bahrain my husband presented me with a map, a set of keys and a hired car and with a grin told me to “go and explore!”
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A world of great taste PDF Print E-mail
By Roy Kietzman   »   Where in the world can you stroll down a lane and have the choice of continental, Far Eastern, Indian, Irish, Japanese or Thai cooking? Amble farther into the area, and all sorts of restaurants and cafés are founds in the back streets.
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Weaving magic at the Craft Centre PDF Print E-mail
By Roy Kietzman   »   The Craft Centre, run entirely by Bahraini women, is becoming an increasingly popular stop for visitors to Bahrain, and it's no surprise why.
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Birth of Islam in Bahrain PDF Print E-mail
Bahrain's history had opened it to a multitude of cultural influences, and when the first Moslems arrived in the seventh century, there were already a number of other faiths, including Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians.
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Ten most used gestures in the Gulf PDF Print E-mail
By Kate Mitchell   »   It's often hard to communicate when two people don't speak the same language, which is why it helps to understand what an Arab is trying to say when he communicates with his hands. Here are 10 of the most commonly used gestures in the Middle East:
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Bahrain to flag off 2006 F1 season PDF Print E-mail
Bahrain, which made history in 2004 by becoming the first Middle Eastern country to host a Formula One Grand Prix, will have the honour of kicking off the 2006 F1 season on March 12.
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Arabic coffee, anyone? PDF Print E-mail
By Ghada Alansari   »   If you are one of those people who enjoys a good cup of coffee, then you have come to the right place. Cafés – both traditional Arabic and Western – are scattered all over the island and the choices are fabulous.
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Rent-a-car best way to explore PDF Print E-mail
The best option by far if you would like to go to places quickly and easily is to rent a car. Rental charges are very reasonable.
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Koheji brilliance brings past to life PDF Print E-mail
By Roy Kietzman   »   When it's time to say farewell to Bahrain, visitors and long-time residents can pretty much count on - if they're lucky - getting a Koheji painting from well wishers as a remembrance of their favourite island. The swashes of pastel spotted hues often make up scenes of bygone Bahrain that have made their way into hundreds of homes and offices, both here and overseas.
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The Al Khalifas: Bahrain's First Family PDF Print E-mail
The history of Bahrain's ruling Al Khalifa family goes back more than two centuries. Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, who conquered Bahrain in 1783, was the first member of the Al Khalifa dynasty, which which has ruled ever since.
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Bahrain revs up its winning Formula PDF Print E-mail
By Roy Kietzman   »  When a small Middle Eastern island of 650,000 people was awarded a Formula-1 race in 2004, motor racing fans might have been forgiven for their scepticism. This was, after all, not just any sporting event. This was the world’s greatest motor race, with a decades-long history and television viewership of over 300 million fans in 172 countries.
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Understanding Arabs: A westerner's guide PDF Print E-mail
By Kate Mitchell   »   Most people, especially in the West, have a pre-conceived idea of what constitutes an Arab. These ideas usually fall into the 1970s western image of the urban Arab as excessively wealthy, or the more romantic desert Arab portrayed by Omar Sharif in Lawrence of Arabia. These images may be mixed with those of religious fanaticism, often rendering the visitor nervous or anxious about what he is to behold.
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Rules of the road PDF Print E-mail
Here are some rules to follow when driving in Bahrain. Some are common-sense, others are regulations you need to be aware of.
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The way it used to be PDF Print E-mail
By Lynn Collins   »   When I arrived in Bahrain from Scotland with my parents and my younger brother in August 1951 I immediately felt very much at home - a feeling that is still with me more than 50 years later. I am sure it is more to do with the warmth of the Bahraini people than the fact that the sun shines more in Bahrain than in Scotland.
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Coffee etiquette: What you should know PDF Print E-mail
By Ghada Alansari   »   Serving or partaking of Arabic coffee in this region has its own customs and knowing them can be helpful.
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Jewels from the sea PDF Print E-mail
By Heather Anderson   »   There is perhaps no more beautiful gem than the natural pearl, and for centuries Bahrain was the place to go if you wanted the world’s finest pearls. Even today, despite cheaper cultured (artificially created) pearls being widely available, Bahrain’s exquisite natural gems are highly prized for their beauty, near perfection and brilliant lustre.
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A picture of success PDF Print E-mail
By Roy Kietzman   »   Riffa Elementary School art teacher Karim Al Bosta knew talent when he saw it. And he did see it in one of his pupils, Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa. Al Bosta encouraged the youngster, attempting to bring out the creativeness he demonstrated in his class work. And so it was that Shaikh Rashid, at the age of 14, produced his first oil: a landscape.
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Bahrain: The last 100 years PDF Print E-mail
By Kate Mitchell   »   “The golden-dusted roads which cross it are broad and shaded on either side by long forests of date palms, deepening into an impenetrable greenness, cool with the sound of wind among the great leaves and the tinkling water.” Written by Aubrey Herbert, of Bahrain in 1905, this description illustrates immediately why Bahrain was an important island within the Gulf.
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Life in the times before air-conditioning PDF Print E-mail
By Mika Michael   »   Considering the very difficult climate it is hard to believe how anyone could have survived in Bahrain before the advent of electricity and air-conditioning. But still there have been people living in the country for over 5,000 years. How did they do it?
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Taxi fare guide PDF Print E-mail
Here is approximately what it will cost you to take a taxi from city centre Manama to these destinations:
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