Many people believe that something terrible is happening in Bahrain. However this is not true! Today Bahrain is absolutely safe place to live and to travel as well. Expats never have any problem. If you are afraid just avoid villages and you will be fine.
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The authorities are effectively maintaining the rule of law, safety and security, in the interests of citizens, residents and businesses alike. The level of protests is dramatically down on last year as the situation has stabilised. Demonstrations, where they occur, tend to be highly localised in outlying villages several miles from the central business districts.
As a result, Bahrain has continued to be an attractive tourist and business destination in the Middle East. There are a number of concrete objective indicators that demonstrate this.
In terms of tourism:
Bahrain is not generally on the list of countries that are the subject of travel warnings/bans from countries, for example, such as the UK and USA (which has travel warnings for 34 countries).
Manama is the 2013 Arab capital of tourism. The entire calendar of event across the year will see artists from around the world visiting Bahrain.
A number of international events have taken or will take place in Bahrain in 2012/13:
The Manama Dialogue took place in Bahrain in December 2012. This conference is the largest meeting of its type on security and policy in the Middle East. In 2012 delegations from over 30 countries came to Bahrain. Each delegation was headed by Government officials, including William Hague and John McCain.
Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), in cooperation with national carrier Gulf Air, began today its official 60-day countdown to the region’s biggest and most highly anticipated sporting and social event: the 2013 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix. The annual festival of top-class motor racing and entertainment takes place April 19-20-21.
In 24-27 June 2013 Bahrain will host the United Nations Public Services Award and Forum. Bahrain is the fourth country in the world and the first in the Middle East to host and organize such a forum outside the UN premises in New York since its launch ten years ago.
Economic indicators also show that Bahrain is still considered to provide a safe, liberal business environment:
Bahrain’s economy has demonstrated its resilience with growth and investment continuing in the Kingdom in 2012. The annual pace of economic growth in the first three quarters of 2012 was 4.4%, with particularly strong growth in the non-oil sector as a temporary technical disruption meant that the oil sector actually contracted over the period. Growth is expected to accelerate to over 5% in 2013 as the oil sector normalises and bank lending continues at a comfortable pace.
In early 2013, the Heritage Foundation, in its annual Index of Economic Freedom, once again ranked Bahrain as the freest economy in the Middle East and the 12th freest worldwide.
Likewise, in September 2012, the Fraser Institute’s annual Economic Freedom of the World Index ranked Bahrain as the freest economy in the Arab world and the seventh freest internationally.
Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services revised its outlook in January on Bahrain to ‘stable’, while the country’s sovereign credit rating remained unchanged at (‘BBB/A-2’).
The unrest in 2011 did not undermine foreign investment into Bahrain. More than US$300 million of foreign direct investment from over 20 leading global businesses was attracted in 2011, whilst in 2012 40 international businesses, from North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East region, established operations in the Kingdom as a direct result of outreach activities carried out by the Bahrain Economic Development Board, including PineBridge Investments, Serco Consulting and Thomson Reuters.
In terms of the unrest and the protests generally the Government has implemented a number of reforms, which are part of its wider programme of reforms. These are summarized in more detail in the attached document. Some highlights include:
Transforming the accountability landscape through a number of legislative and extra-legislative steps including the establishment of the office of police ombudsman (the first in the Gulf region); implementation of a new police code based on international best practices; installation of tracking and monitoring equipment in interrogation and interview rooms in police stations and at the public prosecutor’s office; replacement of the intelligence agency chief; stripping the intelligence agency of its arrest powers; and the amendment of the laws to enhance the freedom of expression and criminalise all forms of torture in line with international human rights norms.
With the help of the International Labour Organisation, resolving over 98% of the cases of employees wrongly dismissed during the unrest (most of whom have now been reinstated to their previous jobs). 100% of public sector cases identified have been resolved.
An extensive compensation scheme has been put in place to provide quick compensation to the victims of the unrest. Thus far, this scheme has distributed BHD 2.34 million (US$6.2 million) to 39 families of mortal victims. These victims include all 35 deaths described in the BICI report as well as 4 deaths – three civilians and one police – that followed the events.