50 Interesting Facts About Bahrain

Last updated on June 23rd, 2022

World Records in Bahrain

41. Fastest Ironman 70.3

The flat and fast terrain of Bahrain is ideal for racing. In 2018, the fastest finish time in an Ironman 70.3 triathlon was recorded in the country by Kristian Blummenfelt at 3:29:05.

42. Highest Waste Generation

Bahrain is listed by the Guinness World Records as the country with the highest amount of waste generated per capita. Each person produces 906.7 kg of waste every year.

43. First 3D Printed Coral Reef

Bahrain was able to produce the world’s first 3D-printed coral reef which was sunk along its coast in 2012. There are two units made from non-toxic, pH-neutral material with each weighing 1,100 lbs.

Formula 1 Grand Prix
Interesting Facts About Bahrain. Photo © Pablo Sebastian Guillen | Dreamstime.com

44. Formula 1 Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton tallied the most consecutive Formula 1 points finishes by a driver with 48. His streak started in 2018 and continued up to 2020 in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

45. First Supersonic Passenger Flight

British Airways launched its commercial Concorde service by flying from London to Bahrain in January 1976. The jet completed the 3,500-mile trip in 4 hours – much faster than the 6.5-hour flights of subsonic aircrafts.

Bahrain World Trade Center building.
Bahrain World Trade Center building.. Photo © Orhan Çam | Dreamstime.com

46. First Wind-powered Towers

The Bahrain World Trade Center boasts of the world’s first skyscrapers to integrate large-scale wind turbines into their design. It opened in 2007 with wind power supplying 11-15% of its energy needs.

47. Largest Flag

In 2004, Bahrain unfurled the world’s largest national draped flag at the time. This was in celebration of their 33rd National Day. The flag measures 160 meters by 96 meters and weighs 3,200 kilograms.

48. Biggest Bird Extinction

In modern times, the biggest bird to become extinct is the Arabian ostrich. It was hunted for plumes and for sport after World War I. The last confirm specimen was shot in Bahrain in 1941.

49. First Grand Prix in the Middle East

The Bahrain Grand Prix was the first of its kind to be staged in the region in 2004. It was won by Michael Schumacher for Scuderia Ferrari.

A beautiful view of Bahrain skyline during sunset, for Bahrain fact file
A beautiful view of Bahrain skyline during sunset. Photo © Dr Ajay Kumar Singh | Dreamstime.com

50. Largest Underwater Theme Park

In 2019, Bahrain opened the world’ largest underwater theme park that included a submerged Boeing 747 jet to boost tourism and revive the pearl industry. Students are also given spaces to conduct practical experiments.

Bahrain – quick facts and statistics

Independence15 August 1971 (from the UK)
Capital CityManama
(26°13′N 50°35′E)
Largest CityManama
(26°13′N 50°35′E)
Areatotal: 760 sq km

land: 760 sq km

water: 0 sq km
Population1,526,929 (July 2021 est.)
Official LanguageArabic
BordersIran, Qatar, and Saudi Arab
CurrencyBahraini dinar (BHD)
Suffrage20 years of age; universal; note - Bahraini Cabinet in May 2011 endorsed a draft law lowering eligibility to 18 years
Life expectancy79.67 years
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
Climatearid; mild, pleasant winters; very hot, humid summers
Terrain mostly low desert plain rising gently to low central escarpment.
Coastline161 km
Highest pointJabal ad Dukhan 135 m
Lowest pointPersian Gulf 0 m
National anthem"Bahrainona" (Our Bahrain)
Government typeConstitutional monarchy
KingHamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
Crown Prince and Prime MinisterSalman bin Hamad Al Khalifa
National colorsred, white
National symbola red field surmounted by a white serrated band with five white points
National holidayNational Day, 16 December (1971); note - 15 August 1971 was the date of independence from the UK, 16 December 1971 was the date of independence from British protection
Natural resourcesoil, associated and non associated natural gas, fish, pearls.
Agricultural land11.3% (2018)
Birth rate12.5 births/1,000 population (2021 est.)
Death rate2.81 deaths/1,000 population (2021 est.)
Sex ratio1.53 male(s)/female (2020 est.)
Industriespetroleum processing and refining, aluminum smelting, iron pelletization, fertilizers, Islamic and offshore banking, insurance, ship repairing, tourism.
Exports$30.1 billion (2018 est.)
refined petroleum, aluminum and plating, crude petroleum, iron ore, gold (2019)
Imports$27.19 billion (2018 est.)
cars, iron ore, jewelry, gold, gas turbines (2019)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$40,900 (2020 est.)
Time ZoneAST (UTC+3)
Internet country code.bh
Drives on theRight
Calling Code+973
Table last updatedFebruary 12, 2022