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Bahrain in pictures + Manama
In brief +
FCO travel update: although the FCO expects protests to continue, some of which can be violent, there are currently no travelling restrictions in place.
Although its name is mostly associated with the kings of oil, the island of Bahrain has prospered since Antiquity. At one time pearls were farmed there, serving as a currency for exchange, like precious metals. Today, Bahrain lives in the 21st century like its rich Middle Eastern neighbours. It attracts businessmen, travellers passing through, and curious and wealthy expats. Tourism on a grand scale is planned here - like Dubai - but in the immediate future.
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