Information & Facts
Manama experiences extreme climatic conditions, with summer
temperatures up to 118°F (48°C) and winter temperatures as low as
59°F (15°C), with occasional hail. Average summer and winter
temperatures are generally from about 63°F (17°C) to 113°F (45°C).
The most pleasant time to visit Manama is in autumn when warm
temperatures are tempered by a soft breeze.
Arabic is the official language in Bahrain, although
English is widely understood and is used by most
The official currency is the Bahraini Dinar (BHD), divided into
1,000 fils. Notes come in denominations of 20, 10, 5 and 1 dinars
and 500 fils. The Bahraini Dinar is linked to the US Dollar at a
rate of US$1=BD 0.375. Money can be exchanged at the airport,
bureaux de change (which usually offer the best rates), commercial
banks in Manama or at moneychangers operating in the souq. ATMs are
available in the larger towns. Credit cards and travellers cheques
are widely accepted at hotels and the larger retail stores, but
smaller shops generally prefer cash. It is easiest to carry
travellers cheques in US dollars to avoid additional charges. Most
offices, businesses and government departments are closed on
Fridays, as it is a weekly holiday. Banks are usually open 7.30am
to 12pm and 3.30pm to 5.30pm, Saturday to Wednesday, and 7.30am to
Local time in Bahrain is GMT +3.