A night view of Bahrain's Grant Mosque, near the Royal Palace. Photo courtesy of Jacobs - Creative Bees

YES Students

All students from Bahrain are Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program scholarship winners. Click here to learn more about the YES Program.

Country Information

Bahrain, next to Saudi Arabia, consists of 33 islands, three of which are inhabited. The three islands are flat desserts surrounded by the Gulf of Bahrain and scattered with natural springs. Despite its small size, the country offers a a lot of outdoor activities and sights.

Lifestyle and Family

Family is very important in Bahrain. There is a strong sense of unity, and parents are the clear heads of the household, especially the father, and receive a great deal of respect and love.

Teen Life and Sports

Bahrain teens are very active in the outdoors. They play soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball and go horseback riding and ice skating. The majority of sports are played by men, while women are restricted to school sports. To relax they watch movies, either at home or in movie theaters.


Bahrain has a mix of traditional dishes and new ones from fast food and Western restaurants. A typical meal would include some kind of vegetable, spices, noodles, rice, and sugar. Fish and meat are popular, but pork is not consumed due to religious beliefs. Sweet tea is often served with meals or in social settings.

Language and Religion

The official language of Bahrain is Arabic. However, English is frequently used in the business world and a large portion of the population also speaks Farsi. Islam is the dominant religion, with the majority of the Muslims being Shi'i.

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