Bahrain Local Customs

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Bahrain Local Customs

  • body language

    Bahrain Local Customs

    In the Arab Gulf men kiss their friends on the cheeks but not women. Women do greet women with kisses on the cheeks but not men. Arabs take pride in their cars and homes. If an Arab man invites you to his home be prepared to have segregated living rooms i.e. one for men and one for women though not always. It is an honor to be invited to a local...

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    Bahrain Local Customs

    Shukran - thank you Salaam alekum - good day Masalaama - bye Afwan- you're welcome Always ask for 'best cash price' when buying goods. Never photo Arab women, they go crazy. An arab is never without: 1) his mobile phone, 2) food stuffed into his mouth 3) his hand on the car horn, pressing HARD! Finally remember that any car driver will do anything...

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  • Mosques

    Bahrain Local Customs

    We passed this mosque each time we went to the US Navy base on Bahrain. It was quite an impressive structure. Keep in mind that Muslims do not allow Non-Muslims to enter into their Mosques. There is no problem with taking pictures of the outside.

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  • The Souq

    Bahrain Local Customs

    The Souq is a cultural institution of the Middle East. Everything on show is for sale, only the prices are not listed. This is because the price varies depending who you are. Prices for foreigners are twice or more than locals would pay, and 3rd world foreigners can get a better price than Westerners. This is based on an 'ability to pay'...

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  • artists

    Bahrain Local Customs

    If you're into art there's a great gallery in adliya - called Al Riwaqa: they usually have an exhibition of reasonable quality work. The other place to go is the Bahraini Art Societyon Budaya road (next to 'things to do'). They usually have an exhibition of some sort on.

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  • They are very good in organising...

    This tip is here, but it is a sort of local custom to organise conferences in Bahrain.Conference and exhibition centre.Bahrain looks for future in organising international conferences and exhibitions; a big exhibition centre has been built outside the city and it offers all facilities for organising such events. This exhibition centre is hired by...

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  • Bahrain Financial Harbour, King Faisal...

    It is also a local custom to build these modern buildings in Middle East!Bahrain has a limited resource of hydrocarbons and it's rulers are looking to the future; the oil revenues are invested in big banking/ financial companies which will install on the sea-front new buildings in construction; Foreign architects enjoy contracts with Bahrain (and...

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  • Belly Dancing

    In Arabic speaking world , belly dancing is known as Raks al Sharki ( dance of the East ).Many people know the belly dancing but contrary to many people?s perception, this dance did not originate as a dance by concubines to titillate the Sultans ( King ). For centuries the role has been that of folk dance and joyous occasion like wedding and child...

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  • Bahrain is a muslim country,...

    Bahrain is a muslim country, not so strict based per other middle eastern countries, its a country of wealth and cultural beauty.

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  • The persian influence can be...

    The persian influence can be seen with these wind towers. The wind towers catch the wind (no matter which direction it's blowing in) and direct it downwards to the room below; natural air conditioning. Sadly there aren't many of these left, but there are a couple behind the American Mission Hospital.There are more pictures in the travelogue.

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  • At the back of the suq you'll...

    At the back of the suq you'll find lots of small grocery shops (known locally as 'cold stores'). Even though there are gazillions of supermarkets and several hypermarkets, these little cold stores somehow manage to survive.

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  • Henna'd hands anyone? When an...

    Henna'd hands anyone? When an Arab woman gets married she has her hands, feet and ankles painted with henna patterns. 50 years ago it would've been all body parts. Her husband was supposed to look for his initials on the wedding night. More photos can be seen in the henna'd body parts travelogue.So you want pretty patterns on your arms, ankles or...

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  • If you're into art there's a...

    If you're into art there's a great gallery in adliya - called Al Riwaqa: they usually have an exhibition of reasonable quality work. The other place to go is the Bahraini Art Societyon Budaya road (next to 'things to do'). They usually have an exhibition of some sort on.

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  • I am addicted to dates (tamr)...

    I am addicted to dates (tamr) and yogurt drink(laban). I guzzle up loads of bottles a day! Well, in the hot summers of Bahrain, there is nothing better than to feel the sweetness of dates melting in your mouth every time you gulp a cold swig of laban! Bahrain was used to be called “The land of a million palm tree.” Every single country in the...

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  • In the Arab Gulf men kiss...

    In the Arab Gulf men kiss their friends on the cheeks but not women. Women do greet women with kisses on the cheeks but not men. Arabs take pride in their cars and homes. If an Arab man invites you to his home be prepared to have segregated living rooms i.e. one for men and one for women though not always. It is an honor to be invited to a local...

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  • Bahrainis are simple, humble...

    Bahrainis are simple, humble and very polite. They respect others specially foreigners. They are ready to help when they are approached for help. Tourists are welcomed and surly feel at home there.

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  • Shukran - thank youSalaam...

    Shukran - thank youSalaam alekum - good dayMasalaama - byeAfwan- you're welcomeAlways ask for 'best cash price' when buying goods.Never photo Arab women, they go crazy.An arab is never without:1) his mobile phone, 2) food stuffed into his mouth3) his hand on the car horn, pressing HARD!Finally remember that any car driver will do anything they feel...

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  • Pictured here is a Mosque...

    Pictured here is a Mosque located in the downtown area. Just behind this mosque is the gold suk. The gold suk is a must for all travelers to Bahrain.

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  • We passed this mosque each...

    We passed this mosque each time we went to the US Navy base on Bahrain. It was quite an impressive structure. Keep in mind that Muslims do not allow Non-Muslims to enter into their Mosques. There is no problem with taking pictures of the outside.

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  • While we were in Bahrain, the...

    While we were in Bahrain, the rap star “Coolio” came to perform a concert. It just so happened that he stayed in the same hotel I stayed in on the one day I got a hotel room. Eric, Dwayne, Joel and the EW troop decided one day to get a room and stay in town for the night. Since we didn’t know Coolio was in town, we couldn’t get tickets to see the...

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  • The Souq is a cultural...

    The Souq is a cultural institution of the Middle East.Everything on show is for sale, only the prices are not listed.This is because the price varies depending who you are. Prices for foreigners are twice or more than locals would pay,and 3rd world foreigners can get a better price than Westerners.This is based on an 'ability to pay' principle, by...

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  • You won't need much Arabic...

    You won't need much Arabic when you're in Bahrain, but you do need to read the numbers. Note that the upper row is the printed form; the lower row is handwritten. And the '0' is a raised dot. Decimal points are indicated, as in German or French, with what looks like a comma. Here they are:

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  • never look an arab in the eye....

    never look an arab in the eye. (Serious)shake hands with right hand only. NEVER refuse an offer of refreshment from an Arab. it is a grave insult.Don't wear tight clothing or shorts etc down the souk unless you like being groped by the men & looked at as something the cat spat out, by the Arab women.

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