Bahrain international defence exhibition and conference

28-30 October 2019
Bahrain International
Exhibition & Convention Centre

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About Bahrain

About Bahrain

History of Bahrain

Bahrain has been one of the Gulf’s most important commercial crossroads for over 4,000 years.

The word Bahrain means ‘two seas’ in Arabic, indicating how the country’s geographic position as a collection of islands has been important throughout its history.

As the land of the ancient Dilmun civilisation, Bahrain has long been a trading centre linking east and west. The country has benefited from its position at the centre of the Gulf’s trade routes and rich pearl diving industry.

By the mid-19th century, the country was the Gulf’s pre-eminent trade hub, emerging as a modern state. Merchants from countries across the Gulf and beyond established themselves on the islands.

Bahrain was the first Gulf state to discover oil, in 1932, and in the past 40 years has led the regional transition to a modern economy. Subsequently, as the first Gulf state to move away from dependence on oil, we have become the region’s most diversified economy.

In particular, our country has become the region’s leading financial centre since the 1980s. Since then manufacturing, logistics, communications, professional services and real estate have also become important sectors. Throughout this period, we have taken great care to build up the skills and talents of the Bahraini people.

In 2002, Bahrain became a constitutional monarchy, and a democratically elected parliament was established.  This marked the beginning of a period of on-going reform. The country also has an established legal framework and respected regulatory system.

Manama is the capital of Bahrain and also its largest city. Manama enjoys a distinct reputation as a tourism and cultural hub regionally and internationally, as shown by its selection as the Capital of Arab Culture in 2012, and Capital of Arab Tourism in 2013, and Capital of Asian Tourism in 2014.

Cultural Questions

Do I need to speak Arabic?

Not really, although learning a few Arabic words would be helpful. English is the main business language, and it is commonly spoken outside work, in all retail stores and services.

Is there much crime?

No. The crime rate is low and violent crime is rare.

Do women have to follow a dress code?

No. Women can dress as they wish, although it is polite to dress modestly in public.

Is Bahrain a conservative place?

Bahrain is known in the Gulf for being open and tolerant. Bahraini men and women socialize and congregate at local cafe's and restaurants. Expatriates mix with Bahraini nationals across all social settings. And people from all over the Gulf come here to relax.

Should I be aware of any food and beverage restrictions?

Although Muslim Bahrainis generally do not eat pork or drink alcohol, supermarkets sell pork and you can buy alcohol from licensed stores, hotels and restaurants.

How hot does it get?

The average temperature during summer is 37- 40°C — however most outdoor locations have shade and buildings are climate controlled. Temperatures are milder between October and May. The temperature during BIDEC 2017 is expected to be approximately 30°C.

Visa Regulations for Bahrain

eVisa eligibility has now been extended to 114 nationalities from the previous list of 38. Additionally, visa on arrival eligibility is now extended to nationals of certain European and Central and South American countries. For further details, including a list of eligible nationalities, follow this link: www.evisa.gov.bh

From this site you can:

  • Check your eligibility for a Bahrain visa
  • Apply on-line for certain types of visa (if available)
  • Check the status of an eVisa application


Please note that a visit visa does not entitle the visitor to take up permanent work in Bahrain. Other nationalities are solely responsible for obtaining visas for themselves, their representatives and invitees. The Organisers are not in a position to sponsor visa applications. Please be aware that the issuing of visas can be quite a lengthy process and that you must have a passport that is valid of at least 6 months from departure. Please contact the official travel agent should you require further details on the visa application process. Please note Clarion Events Limited is unable to obtain or apply for visas on anyone’s behalf.

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