Local people in the Gulf are traditionally welcoming to visitors and outsiders. Coffee is a very important part of any visit, poured from a highly decorated pot into a small cup. Manners are formal and polite, with people indulging in small talk before other conversations begin.
Sports enjoy great popularity. Some families still practise the traditional sports of falconry, horse racing and camel racing. Boating activities are popular, as are modern sports such as basketball and football.
Bahrain has grown successfully over the past 10 years, due its liberal economic policies, and has a clear roadmap for improving the prosperity of all in society.
The country’s annual real GDP growth ranged between 3.1% and 8.4% over the period, according to the Central Informatics Organisation.
Looking to the future, the Economic Vision 2030 is a roadmap for making Bahrain a more sustainable, competitive and fair economy, with the aim of doubling household income within the next 20 years.
The National Economic Strategy is a regularly updated action-plan that will turn the Vision into reality, setting specific milestones in the public and private sectors including education and training, the economy, health and society.
The following sectors have been prioritised for development:
- Financial Services
- Professional & Industrial Services
- Education and Training
- Manufacturing (Aluminium, Food & Beverage, Chemicals & Plastics)
Furthermore, Tamkeen, Bahrain’s national labour fund, is investing in improving Bahrainis’ skills through training programmes, further enhancing both our competitiveness and the prosperity of local people.