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Introducing Bahrain

Bahrain is located in the heart of the Arabian Gulf, and has both geographical access and strong economic ties with the markets of Europe and Asia as well as its neighbors in the GCC and the wider Middle East. But it’s not geography alone that makes Bahrain such an attractive destination for investors.

Far sighted economic policies, favour able tax environment with no corporate or personal taxes, are just some of the reasons that make Bahrain an ideal place for serious investors. Modern, high standard of living with a cosmopolitan family atmosphere, religious freedom, international schools that follow a wide curriculum, as well as clubs that cater to different nationalities and interests are other factors that make Bahrain an ideal place to live with one’s family.

 


Bahrain is defined by its relationship with water. Take the country's name: Two Seas in Arabic, the focus is not the island's minimal landmass, but the water that laps its shores. So shallow is the water lapping Bahrain's coastline that the inhabitants regularly reclaim pieces of land, filling in the gaps between sand bars, as if winning back lost territory. The new Bahrain Financial Harbour of Manama is currently rising like Neptune from such reclaimed land, and its proud buildings, such as the Dual Towers, appear to be holding back the sea. Of course land reclamation in the Gulf has become the fashion. Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Doha and Muscat all have ambitious projects involving a tamed sea in a human landscape. Only Bahrain, however, can claim a truly integral connection between the two: the sweet-water springs that bubble off-shore helped bring about 4000 years of settlement, the layers of which are exposed in rich archaeological sites around the island. The springs also encouraged the most lustrous of pearls the trade in which helped build the island's early fortunes.

like an oyster, Bahrain's rough exterior takes some pricing open, but it is worth the effort. From the excellent National Museum in Manama and the traditional houses of Muharraq to the extraordinary burial mounds at Sar, there are many fine sites to visit. For more modern pearls, there's the spectacular Bahrain World Trade Centre, King Fahd Causeway and the new islands project at the southern tip. Presumably the engineers have factored in the projected effects of global warming or the sea may yet have the last laugh.