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Driving regulations vary from country to country, so to get you up to speed on what to remember while at the wheel in Bahrain, here are some important things to note.


  • In Bahrain, 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. Small children may only be seated in the back.
  • Road signs are in Arabic and English and are easy to follow. The speed limit on inner city roads varies between 50kph and 80kph and is 100kph on highways. The island 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.
  • Drivers flashing their vehicle’s high light beam usually means that they want to pass.
  • Never drink and drive! Any traces of alcohol in the blood are grounds for driving under the influence, which can lead to a fine and/or imprisonment.
  • If you get into an accident, 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.