Etiquette in Bahrain

Bahrain is located in the Persian Gulf and has a population of 1.4 million people.

The nation is a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy.

The official language of Bahrain is Arabic, though English is widely spoken .

The majority of citizens follow Islam.

The currency of Bahrain is the Bahraini dinar.

Expect an enthusiastic greeting. men will shake hands and direct eye contact is expected. Men may kiss one another on the cheek. Women will hug and kiss their friends. Expect the conversation to take some time.

When men meet women, they should abstain from extending a hand to greet them, allowing the woman to make the decision to shake. A woman will indicate if she wishes to shake hands.

Remove your shoes at the door if your host isn’t wearing theirs.

Coffee and tea must be accepted; failing to accept these offers is a personal rejection.

Be on time and greet all elders first when you meet them.

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