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Tuesday 25 November 2014

Best of Bahrain

 

HM the King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Kingdom of Bahrain 

 

 

 

Bahrain is a small archipelago (island group) in the Persian Gulf. It has been ruled by the al Khalifa dynasty since 1783. The history of Bahrain goes back more than 3,000 years.  It became a British protectorate in the 19th century, and became independent in 1971.

 

HM King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa assumed the throne in 1999 and has since moved toward democratic reform. Bahrain officially became a constitutional monarchy in 2002.  It is now called the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Sheik Hamad's title has been changed from emir to king. There is now a democratically elected parliament. Women can run for office. Political parties are still officially banned, but political societies can back candidates in elections.

 

 

Bahrain has the fastest growing economy in the Arab world, they also have the freest economy in the Middle East, and are twenty-fifth freest overall in the world.  In 2008, Bahrain was named the world’s fastest growing financial center by the City of London’s Global Financial Centres Index. Bahrain's banking and financial services sector, particularly Islamic banking, have benefited from the regional boom.  In Bahrain, petroleum production and processing account for about 60% of export receipts, 60% of government revenues, and 30% of GDP.

 

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Best of Bahrain Publications



 

INJAZ Bahrain

 


 

"I purchased a copy of BEST OF BAHRAIN Vol. 2, went through it and I liked it very much. The publication has succeeded in depicting Bahrain in such a beautiful way. What is in the book is not a wishful thinking of a dreamer. It is the writings of an optimist focusing on the favorable and beautiful aspects of Bahrain. I hope people appreciate what they have and keep working on developing Bahrain at all levels. Well done again and all the best for the future. "

Rushdi Kikhia, Partner / Audit, Deloitte & Touche - Middle East

 

"It is with an exceptional collective effort from within the Kingdom that Bahrain enjoys international recognition as a sound regional investmentcentre. At GPIC we do our utmost to remain dedicated to our safety, health and environmental principals that surpass international benchmark standards.With our values based on fostering team spirit and creativity, we value the positive success stories presented by 'Best of Bahrain' showcased across various sectors of activity in order to represent and exhibit the Kingdom'shighest achievements collectively."

Mr Jawahery, President, GPIC

 

"We have a vested commitment in promoting the socio economic climate of Bahrain to our business partners globally. The Best of Bahrain publication has served us with just that and did so beautifully. We have distributed the publication to select VIPs and our global subsidiaries with impressive reviews."
Mr Adnan Ahmed Yousif President & Chief Executive of Al Baraka Banking Group

 

"Best of Bahrain is an excellent reference source and provides comprehensive insight views about the different aspects such as arts and culture, travel, tourism and events or communications, training and technology."

Claudia Hardt, Director of Public Relations and Communications, Ritz-Carlton Bahrain

 

 

 

Best of Bahrain Volume 2 Launch, click here to see more.

 

Welcome to Bahrain

World Trade Center: Manama, Bahrain 

 

The Kingdom of Bahrain is an archipelago comprising 36 islands including 3 recent man-made islands located in the Arabian Gulf ruled by the Al Khalifa Dynasty since 1783.

 

Bahrain became a British protectorate in the 19th Century and gained independence in 1971. His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, assumed the throne in 1999 and instituted a process of democratic reform, on-going today. Through the change to a constitutional monarchy in 2002 His title went from Emir to King. Since that time, the Kingdom of Bahrain has moved from strength to strength through its financial sector and infrastructure development. The Head of Government is His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, The Prime Minister and uncle of the current King. The Government consists of a Shura Council (Majlis Al-Shura) with 40 seats, elected by The King and the Council of Representatives (Majlis Al-Nuwab), with 40 seats elected by absolute majority vote for a term of 4 years per representative.

 

 

His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa is both The Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of The Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) and next in line as heir to the throne. He is the eldest son of The King and His first wife HRH Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa. HRH Princess Sabeeka is the Head of the Supreme Council for Women in Bahrain, which has initiated expansion of women’s rights, encouraging women to vote in the 2001 elections and training women on their equal representation within elected government positions, ensuring the first Bahraini women elected MP since 2004. Princess Sabeeka is also the chief patron of the Society for Women and Children in Bahrain and has addressed the United Nations General Assembly on topics such as in programme implementation for the future of Children. She is fluent in Arabic, English and French.

 

The Kingdom of Bahrain is a member of the United Nations, the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Organization of the Islamic Conference, which promotes Muslim solidarity of 56 member states, in economic, social and political affairs (for further information see www.oic-oci.org).

History of Bahrain

 

Bahrain is an Arabic word meaning “Two Seas”, referring to freshwater springs that may be found within the salty waters of the Arabian Gulf (also referred to as the Persian Gulf). The Kingdom of Bahrain is located midway between the Qatar peninsula and Saudi Arabia. Bahrain’s main island is 48 kilometres long and 16 kilometres wide, with a coastline of 161 kilometres. The Kingdom of Bahrain is connected to Saudi Arabia by a 23-kilometre causeway, which opened in November 1986, creating easy access for many businessmen who live in the Kingdom of Bahrain and work in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province.

 

Bahrain was once known as Dilmun and was home to an ancient civilization that played a central trading role between the settlements of the Indus Valley (now India) to the south and the people of Mesopotamia (now Iraq) to the north. Dilmun’s capital was a major port whose remains are visible today at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bahrain Fort (Qal’at al Bahrain). The Bahrain National Museum also exhibits artifacts ranging from human inhabitants of the island some 9,000 years ago.

 

 

Bahrain also features in one of the world’s oldest and most enduring pieces of literature – the Epic of Gilgamesh, where the island was home to the source of eternal youth. The tale is believed to refer to the pearls from the island’s shallow waters, which were one of the Bahrain’s biggest exports for generations. Northern Pearling beds represent Bahrain’s second UNESCO World Heritage Site, officially recognized since 2012.

 

As per its economy, Bahrain has been a regional pioneer, notably as a specialist business and financial centre. The Kingdom also has a whole series of Gulf ‘firsts’ under its belt - from discovering oil, to diversifying the economy, providing education for both males and females from the 1920s onwards and becoming the first democracy with universal suffrage in the region.

 

 

Today, Bahrain continues to boast itself as one of the most diversified economies in the GCC. Its economy depends largely on oil and gas with a close second in the construction and financial industries. In 2011, Bahrain’s economy experienced a large setback due to internal unrest. However Bahrain continues to make strong strides especially in the Islamic banking sector and to seek new natural gas supplies as feedstock to support its expanding petrochemical and aluminium industries. Meanwhile corporations have increased their training facilities in order to qualify Bahrain’s growing youth population for the workforce. Towards this aim Bahrain’s government-owned energy companies spend over $25 million each year in training employees. Bahrain’s liberalization with relaxed tax policies continues to encourage budding small and medium size enterprises within various industries. In further efforts of diversification, the Government of Bahrain has provided over $4 million in grants to non-governmental organisations in 2012.

 

Manama at Night

Trade Arabia

Best of Bahrain Vol.01

 

Best of Bahrain Vol.01

Talent Competition

 

Congratulations to the following Winners of the "Best of Bahrain", Bahrain Talent Competition!

 

CG Graphics:

Mohammed Rashed Alsager

 

Painting:

Catherine Bassig-Paje

 

Creative Writing:

Chandan Sen Gupta

 

Photography:

Glenn Wesley A. Dulay

 

Editor's Pick 1:

Michael Ryan G. Borja

 

Editor's Pick 2:

Michael Ryan G. Borja

 

Editor's Pick 3:

Richard Codero Martin

 

Their work is featured in "Best of Bahrain" Vol. 2 publication which can be purchased at select locations in Bahrain! (visit us on www.facebook.com/bestofbahrain for further details.

 

We look forward to receiving many more entries in the future. Please submit your work to www.bestofbahrain.org

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