Visiting

Business hours

Government offices and banks are open from 7.00am to 2.00pm, Saturday to Wednesday.

Public and private businesses are open from 8.00am to 5.00pm, Saturday to Wednesday.

Public holidays

1 January – New Year's Day
*Eid Al Fitr
*Eid Al Adha
*Al Hijra (Islamic New Year)
*Ashura
*Milad Un Nabi (The Prophet's Birthday)
16 December – Bahrain National Day

Note: Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Many restaurants are closed during the day and there may be restrictions on smoking and drinking. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last anything from two to 10 days, depending on the region. Generally, if a holiday falls on a Friday, a day is given in lieu.

Climate

It can get extremely hot and humid from June to September, with high temperatures averaging 40°C during the day. November to March tends to have warmer days and cool nights.

For weather details in Bahrain, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.

Currency

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The official currency is the Bahrain Dinar (BHD).

Time zones and time differences

Bahrain is seven hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time and does not observe Daylight Saving Time.

To find out the current time in Manama, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

Bahrain's country code is +973.

For calls to Bahrain from Australia dial: 0011 + 973 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from Bahrain to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

Find out more about Australian area codes or international dialling codes.

Electricity and water

Bahrain's power supply is 220 volts and 110 volts, 50Hz; 1, 3 phases, 2, 3, 4 wires. The European two-pin plug is standard. Adaptors for Australian three-pin plugs are not widely available.

Links and resources

Travel and tourism

Bahrain Tourism

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