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|Date of Independence:|
|15 August 1971|
|Total Area Ranking:|
|187 of 236 in the World|
|Population Size Ranking:|
|155 of 242 in the World|
The small Arab sheikhdom of Bahrain consists of a group of 33 low lying sandy islands located in the Arabian Gulf (also known as the Persian Gulf) between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Bahrain Island is by far the largest and gives its name to the archipelago. A causeway joins Bahrain to the next largest island, Al Muharraq. The third largest island is Sitrah. The capital is Manama (Al Manamah), situated in the north east part of Bahrain island.
The terrain is mainly a low desert plain, rising to a central escarpment only 134 m (440 ft) high. Only about 3% of the land is cultivatable. The archipelago covers an area of about 270 square miles (692 square kilometers), and with a population of 1.23 million (2010 figures) Bahrain is the most densely populated Gulf state. The population is roughly 63% Bahraini, 13% Asian, 10% other Arab and 8% Iranian. 70% of the population is Shi’a Muslim and 30% Sunni Muslim.
Further National Information
Text to be added on the development of aviation in Bahrain.
Civil Aircraft Registrations
Upon independence in 1971, the registration prefix A9C-xx (later expanded to A9C-xxx) was adopted, eg: A9C-BAH.
Military Air Arms
Central Government Agencies
Government Aviation (Bahrain Royal Flight)
Public Service Aviation
Medical Aviation – a helicopter EMS service is currently being established
Police Aviation (Bahrain Public Security Flying Wing)
Gulf Air (Headquarters in Bahrain, aircraft registered in Oman)
To be added
None at present
Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots
Civil Airports & Airfields
Military Air Bases & Airfields
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added
Bahrain Aviation Bibliography – to be added