My son spent a month in the Kingdom of Bahrain recently. These were some of his observations. It is all good stuff to know if you travel to Bahrain!
Out of respect for the predominantly Islamic culture, restaurants in Bahrain do not serve pork. However, pork may be purchased in select markets for private consumption. Pizza Huts in Bahrain offers chicken sausage in some of crust options.
The best place to purchase a tasty Shawarma, a wrap type sandwich with shaved lamb and/or goat, turkey, beef, etc. is from a street vender. The various street venders in Bahrain each have their own fans and followings and they take great pride in their culinary expertise.
Alcohol is not served in franchised American restaurants such as Chilis and Pizza Hut, although it is available at clubs, pubs and discos, which are connected to motels and are licensed by the government. To serve alcohol by the drink in Bahrain, the establishment must be connected to a motel. Although many Bahrain It's only available at a few restaurants although there are clubs, pubs and discos where drinking is permitted. To serve alcohol by the drink in Bahrain, the establishment must be connected to a motel. Although many Bahrainis do drink alcohol at such establishments, it is intended for "western guests" and is tolerated because of Bahrain's tourist economy. Alcohol purchased at official stores in the bottle must remain in its bright green bag and the receipt kept with it at all times.
Bahraini drivers routinely drive at excessive speeds, 50-100 km/h above the posted limit. The posted speed limits often seem lower than necessary. Penalties for speeding are light, and at the discretion of the the officer who makes a stop.
Prices are generally very low in Bahrain. There is no sales tax. There is no income tax. One can purchase a designer haircut for the approximate price of $2.00. Pringle potato chips come in ketchup flavor. Club soda comes in Coca Cola vending machines, and fresh squeezed juice is available in all cafes.
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