Bahrain

Bahrain is an oasis of liberalism – or at least Western-friendly moderation – among the Muslim countries of the region. It’s popular with travelers for its authentic “Arabness” but without the strict application of Islamic law upon its non-Muslim minority. Case in point: alcohol is legal here. Its economy depends to a small extent on Saudis interested in a little entertainment, not available in the strictly Islamic Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Talk

Arabic is the official language, although English and Persian (Farsi) is widely spoken. Urdu, Hindi and Malayalam is also understood and spoken by Indians and Pakistanis on the island.

(source: Wikitravel)

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