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Museum of Pearl Diving

The compelling past of this island nation is represented at the Museum of Pearl Diving, constructed in 1937 and one of Bahrain's most impressive and significant buildings. The museum was the first official centre for the Bahrain Courts, with four Supreme Courts. In 1984, the building was declared a Traditional Heritage Centre. Various aspects of life in the pre-oil period, such as pearls diving gear, national costumes, local musical instruments and archive photographs, are currently exhibited at the museum.

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At the Bahrain National Museum, near the King Faisal Highway
Arabic is the official language in Bahrain, although English is widely understood and is used by most businesses.

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 11am Thursdays.

Local time in Bahrain is GMT +3.
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