There are at least 8 different ethnic groups living in Bahrain. They've come from different backgrounds and have different religions. The Baharna are descendants of the original inhabitants of Bahrain. The Baharna speak Arabic which is known as Bahrani Arabic. The Huwala are descendants of Sunni Arabs from Iran. Both the Baharna and Huwala traditionally dived for pearls, were merchants, sailors, traders and fishermen. Another group originally from Iran are the Balochis.
The Ajam are ethnic Persian. They also came from Iran originally. They have their own language and keep their traditional alive. There are also Afro-Arabs who came originally from east Africa, Indians who are the descendants of Indian merchants and Palestinian refugees who became Bahraini citizens when they had to leave their homeland.
School in Bahrain
Learn some Arabic
Arabic Writing & Art
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There is lots of nice food in Bahrain. Click on the picture to learn about it.
There are lots of interesting things to see in Bahrain. Click on the photograph to learn about them.
Festivals & Traditions
There are some very interesting traditions in Bahrain. To learn about some of them click on the picture.
Many men and women in Bahrain wear traditional clothes. Click on the photograph to learn about traditional Bahraini clothes.
Religion in Bahrain
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Interesting facts about Bahrain
- There are over 30 islands in Bahrain.
- The currency of Bahrain is the Bahraini dinar.
- There are freshwater wells on land but there are also places in the sea north of Bahrain where fresh water bubbles up in the middle of the salt water!
- Haya bint Rashid Al Khalifa was the first Bahraini woman to become United Nations General Assembly President.
- Houda Ezra Ebrahim Nonoo was the first female Bahraini ambassador to the United States.