(KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN)

(WIPO code: BH) (last revised October 2020)

by ABU-GHAZALEH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain

General Information

Area

706.5 sq. km.

Population

1,505,003 (estimated July 2020; includes 54% non-nationals).

Capital

Manama.

Official language

Arabic.

Currency

Bahraini dinar.

Imports

Household goods, foodstuffs, piece goods, timber and building materials, clothing, vehicles and machinery.

Exports

Oil, aluminium ingots, prawns and pearls.

General Remarks

Bahrain is an Arab Kingdom  on the Arabian Gulf, consisting of the island of Bahrain and several smaller islands, halfway down the Arabian Gulf, 16 miles off Arabia’s S. E. coast. Before oil was discovered in 1932, Bahrain’s only industry was the pearl trade. It is still known for pearl fishing. It is now being developed for oil, found in the central plateau of Bahrain island. For the most part, the oil industry was cultivated by American corporations. The Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO) has its headquarters in Awali, some ten miles from Manama. Bahrain is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).