FAQs
 

What are the requirements for driving in Bahrain?
Driving in Bahrain is on the right side of the street (same as in the U.S.). If you hold a non-expired driverís license from one of the following countries when you apply for your Bahraini license, you will more than likely not need to undergo a driving test or take driving lessons and sitting for the test.

Kuwait

Qatar

Oman

Belgium

Brunet

United Arab Emirates

Bulgaria

United Kingdom

Iceland

France

Kingdom of Saudi  Arabia

Bermuda

Trinidad and Tobago

Austria

Mexico

Spain

Norway

Ireland

Hungary

Germany

Greece

Morocco

Sweden

Denmark

Portugal

Poland

Algeria

Jordan

Argentina

Australia

Turkey

Brazil

Jersey

Bahamas

Czech Republic

Indonesia

Slovakia

South Africa

Monaco

New Zealand

Japan

Canada

Italy

Hong Kong

Tunis

China

Holland

U.S.A.

Jamaica

Yugoslavia

Romania

Russia

Malawi

Mauritania

Nigeria

Singapore

Finland

Cyprus

Korea South

Malta

Luxembourg

Switzerland

Ghana

Malaysia

Kenya

If you hold a driverís license from any other country other than that which is recognized for a Bahraini license, you may need to undergo the driving lessons and test. If your driverís license from any country has expired you will be required to undergo driving lessons and sitting for the exam. Please refer to the Bahrain Ministry of the Interior for the latest requirements.

What is the Ramadan experience like in Bahrain?
Ramadan occurs during the ninth month of the Muslim year.  The start and end time of Ramadan is based on the lunar calendar. During the 30 days of Ramadan, Muslims will fast from sunrise to sunset. Iftar, or breaking of the fast, is one of the observances of Ramadan. School is in session during Ramadan, however, class hours are shortened to accommodate faculty, staff and students who are fasting.

During this time of observance, all residents are required by law to refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and chewing gum, in public from sunrise to sunset.  However, eating is permitted of non-Muslim residents within the privacy of their own homes and designated areas within the school.

Are western products available in Bahrain?
Almost any and everything is available in Bahrain. Grocery chains such as Luluís and Jawad carry an array of fresh fruits and vegetables, a wide assortment of meats (although pork can only be found in some markets), specialty items such as taco shells and salsa, baby diapers and formulas, hair products, paper products, etc. Contact solution, vitamins, and pain relievers such as Panadol can be found in most pharmacies.

What kind of restaurants will I find?
Bahrain has restaurants galore! Almost any type of cuisine can be found from the traditional Arabic flavors to the more exotic Japanese food. There is an area in Bahrain called Adleya that is full of restaurants that offer menus that will appeal to even the most pickiest of eaters.

Satellite TV and Radio
The two big satellite companies recently combined to form Orbit Showtime. Orbit Showtime offers primarily American and British television, movies, sports and a selection of news stations. There are several FM radio station programs in English.

Currency
The local currency is the Bahrain Dinar (US$1.00 = 0.378 BD or 378 fils).  The Bahrain currency has three decimal places.

Electric Current
The electric current in Bahrain is 220 volt, 50 cycle, 2 phase AC Current is reliable twenty-four hours a day, however, there can be the occasional power failures.

Dress
In some Arab countries women are required to be completely covered and must wear long dresses with long sleeves. This is not so in Bahrain. Woman may wear whatever they choose as long as it is in good taste. The general rule for both men and women is to wear shirts that cover the shoulders and shorts or skirts that cover the knees. Flimsy and see through clothing is not advisable and will only draw attention. Having said this, it is appropriate in western night spots or to dressier events to wear sleeveless tops as long as they are not too revealing.

Safetyy
Like in any other foreign country, common sense guides us in determining what is safe. Bahrain is a safe environment if common sense is used. Teachers have not felt threatened or unsafe in Bahrainn.