On the occasion of Bahrain’s 51st National Day, we bring to you the many things that make Bahrain special – 51 in fact (it must be a coincidence)!
Although 15th August 1971 was when Bahrain gained its independence from Great Britain, the kingdom celebrates 16th December as its National Day to coincide with the day the late Sheikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa ascended to the throne on that date in 1961.
Beloved by his people, during his 38-year reign he introduced many reforms and led his country into its national economic transformation, making Bahrain an essential financial centre in the Arabian Gulf.
Great developments and reforms have continued under the wise leadership of his son and Bahrain’s current ruler, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
We hope you enjoy our special tribute to Bahrain. In addition to “51 Things,” we believe help make Bahrain great, access photos of our beautiful island from over the years.