Country Profile

State of Bahrain
(Dawlat al Bahrayn)

Key Facts

Date of Independence:
15 August 1971
Capital City:
Total Area Ranking:
187 of 236 in the World
Population Size Ranking:
155 of 242 in the World

The Country


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.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Bahraini History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Bahrain
Yahoo Bahrain page
wikipedia: Bahrain
wikipedia: History of Bahrain


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.

All-time Bahrain – civil aircraft register (A9C-aa)
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Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Air Force (Royal Bahraini Air Force)
Naval Aviation (Royal Bahraini Navy Air Arm)

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)

Commercial Aviation

Gulf Air (Headquarters in Bahrain, aircraft registered in Oman)

wikipedia: Airlines of Bahrain
The World’s Airlines: Bahrain

Private Aviation

To be added


Aircraft Manufacturers

None at present

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.


Civil Airports & Airfields

Bahrain International Airport
Airports in Bahrain

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing – to be added

On Show

Aviation Museums

Al-Mahatta Museum

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

None known.

Aviation Bibliography

Bahrain Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Web Links

Civil Aviation Affairs Bahrain

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