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Culture Bahrain

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor Profile

Bahrain : Discover the country's culture

Bahrain : Discover the country's history

Historical dates

8000 BC: The beginning of agriculture in Bahrain
3000 BC: The beginning of the Dilmun civilisation: Bahrain was once thought to be the Garden of Eden, with its abundance of fresh water and plenty of lush vegetation.
300 BC: Alexander the Great's men discovered Bahrain and named it Tylos.
Since 1783: The Al Khalifa Dynasty
1932: The first oil well
March 1971: Great Britain withdraws from Bahrain, which joins the alliance of the United Arab Emirates.
14th August, 1971: Independence
Becoming an emir after the death of his father in 1999, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa took the title of king in 2002 and founded a constitutional monarchy.

Bahrain : Stay up to date on the country's holidays and events


Note that dates change year on year due to the fact that Bahrain lives according to the lunar Muslim calendar, making all dates approximate.
January: Hegira (Muslim New Year).
March: Prophet Mohammed's Birthday.
September: Beginning of Ramadan.
October: Eid-ul-Fitr (celebration of end of fasting). End of Ramadan.
December: Eid-ul-Kebir (commemoration of Abraham's sacrifice).