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Bahrain is the only island nation in the Middle East. The country actually is an archipelago of 33 islands, of which Bahrain is the largest.
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Rules of the road
Here are some rules to follow when driving in Bahrain. Some are common-sense, others are regulations you need to be aware of.

Driving is on the right hand side of the road.

Seatbelts are compulsory for the driver and front seat passengers, but it is recommended that all passengers wear a seatbelt if the car has them fitted.

Small children must be seated in the back.

Road signs are in Arabic and English and are easy to follow.

The national speed limit on inner city roads varies between 50kph and 80kph and is 100kph on highways.

The island also has cameras on many of its major roads and junctions, so be careful not to speed, or go through a red light as you might find yourself up in court, or having to pay a fine.

Although speeding measures are in place you will often see people travelling at 140kph, or more on the highway.

A driver flashing its vehicles high light beam usually means that they want to pass.

Never drink and drive! Any sign of having consumed alcohol may be enough grounds for driving under the influence, which can lead to a fine and/or imprisonment.

In the event of an accident: If you have an accident you should call 1768 8888 for the traffic police and if fire, ambulance or police are required, call 999.

Except for minor, non-injury accidents do not move your vehicle after an accident until a report has been filed with the traffic police.

For minor accidents, drivers no longer need to wait for the police at the scene, but should call 1768 8888, where they will be directed to a centre to file a report.

Top driving tip: Unless you have a vehicle equipped with four-wheel drive do not drive across sandy areas as you might get stuck (many of us have tried it unawares and it’s not much fun, so be warned).

However, the saving grace is that people in Bahrain are quick to offer help, so you won’t be stranded for too long!

I would also advise that if you are going for a long journey take some extra water with you and a mobile phone, so if your vehicle does break down in the heat you will have some vital resources with you.


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