Sophisticated, modern and cosmopolitan Bahrain, a
kingdom of 33 islands in the Arabian Gulf, is welcoming an increasing
number of international tourists who come to experience the country's
fascinating blend of eastern and western cultures. It is one of few
middle-Eastern countries where the Government is currently prosperous
and stable, and the capital, Manama, on the main island, boasts
excellent hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, an intriguing souq
(bazaar) and all the other facilities visitors need for a great holiday.
In addition, the beaches are stunning, the weather hot and sunny,
English is spoken and understood everywhere, and the kingdom has the
remnants of more than 5,000 years of civilisation to be explored: its
future as a popular holiday destination for westerners, despite a
currently high risk of terrorist attacks, seems assured.