A city state for the well heeled

The smallest of the gulf states (Persian Gulf), The Kingdom of Bahrain—a name meaning “Two Seas”—is actually an archipelago of 33 low-lying islands located in the heart of the Gulf between Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The capital city of Manama is a vibrant cosmopolitan center with modern amenities.

Between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain is more liberal than many Islamic states and you can even buy alcohol legally. There is the usual mix of very rich and very poor so take the usual precautions. For things to do, there is the ocean, the desert, shopping and social life. The restaurants often feature bellydancers and the formula one motor race is an annual event.

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