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Bahrain Facts for Kids

Bahrain Facts for Kids

  • Bahrain is the smallest of Arabic Countries, the name “Bahrain” means two seas, which comes from the fact that the country has both sweet water springs and salty water in the seas that surround it.
  • The country is actually located in a bay between Qatar and Saudi Arabia;
  • it is an extensive group of islands made up of 33 islands.
  • Life has known to be in existence on the island for 5000 years.
  • Bahrain was one of the first to be converted to Islam in 629 CE.
  • After that period of Islamic religion, it was occupied in 1521 by the Portuguese, who were driven out in 1602.
  • The bani utbah clan captured Bahrain from Nasr Al-madhkur and Al khalifa has since ruled the land.
  • The largest city and the capital city in Bahamas is Manama
  • The official language is Arabic.
  • The population of people in Bahrain is 1,234,596 as of 2010,
  • The total area being 750 sq km.
  • The currency is Bahraini dinar (BHD)
  • the people of Bahamas called Bahraini.
  • The country is an Islamic country ruled by Sunni Muslims but the Shiite majority has caused a conflict with them since they gained independence from the British.
  • After independence, Iran tried to claim the land but was rejected by the United Nations.
  • Bahrain is one of 3 countries to have a Shiite majority (others being Iraq and Iran).
  • Bahrain is the site of the ancient dilmun civilization.
  • For its pearl fisheries, it is famed for its antiquity which is considered the best.
  • Bahrain has invested in the tourism and banking sectors with Manama being the capital of the country.
  • The capital has many financial institutions and it has been seen by the World Bank as a high-income economy.
  • Many scholars believe that the Garden of Eden is in Bahrain because of the supposed resemblance to the ancient land of dilmun.
  • Bahrain has the largest flag in the world at about 169.5m long and 97.1m wide which set a Guinness book record at 2004
  • Bahrain holds many Guinness book records; one is a British school in Bahrain holds the record for the biggest simultaneous coin toss. This was done by 1,117 staff and students to make it a Guinness book of records
  • The first skyscraper in the world to integrate wind turbines into its design is the Bahrain world trade center. The capacity of the wind power production is 675 kW with each turbine 29m in diameter. The international Award LEAF (leading European Architects’ forum) for best use of technology in a large scheme was won by the 240-meter tall tower.
  • More than 330 species of birds, 26 of these species are known breeders in the country. The Chlamydotis Undulata, an endangered species is a regular migrant in the autumn season. The many islands and shallow seas are breeding grounds for the Socotra Cormorant with a known pairing of 100,000 recorded.
  • The country’s constitution allows for religious freedom, that’s why there are several churches including Sacred Heart Church (Catholic), The Bahrain Malayalee Church of South India, St Peter’s Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, St Mary’s Orthodox Church (Indian Orthodox), St Christopher’s Cathedral (Anglican), The Mar Thoma Church (Kerala-based Christian) and the Saar Fellowship.
  • Bahrain has an Indian community that further served with a number of Hindu religious centers including six Sikh gurudwaras, five further temples, and a temple in the souq, said to be between 60 and 100 years old.
  • Bahrain introduced in 2002, a new constitution that gave women the right to vote.
  • The country has five designated protected nature areas, four of them marine environments. The breeding colony of Socotra cormorants on hawar is the largest in the world and outside Australia, the second largest concentration is in the dugong foraging around the archipelago.
  • In 1932, Bahrain was the first place oil was found, oil production has significantly increased to around 150,000 barrels last year from 40,000 barrels just a few years back.
  • Bahrain produced the first middle eastern woman to become the president of the United Nations General Assembly was Haya Bint Rashid Al Khalifa
  • The entirety of Bahrain is desert about 92% of the land while like 2.82% of the total is livable.
  • During the George W Bush administration in 2001, Bahrain was designated as a major non-NATO ally.
  • MNNA is an ID giving to the close allies by the US government who have strategic working relationships with U.S armed forces but are not members of NATO.