Population: 1,323,535 (2011), and more than half of which are expats
Major religion: Islam
Capital city: Manama (also largest city)
Legal system: Constitutional monarchy
King: Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah
Main languages: Arabic, English (business)
Time: GMT +3
Electricity: 230 volts, 50Hz, but in Awali 110 volts, 60Hz. UK-style 3-pin plugs are used.
Currency: The Bahraini Dinar (BHD), divided into 1,000 fils. (1 Bahraini Dinar equals ~ 2.65 US Dollar)
Tipping: Expected 10-15 per cent.
International dialling code: +973
Emergency numbers: 999 (police), 998 (ambulance), 997 (fire)
Internet TLD: .bh
Drives on the: Right