Bahrain consists of about 30 islands, most of which are uninhabited desert. The largest island, also called Bahrain, is rocky and barren in the south, but in the north the many springs have helped green the land. Bridges join the main islands and a causeway links Bahrain Island to Saudi Arabia.
Most Bahrainis are Muslim Arabs and live in the fertile north of the largest island. Traditional occupations include fishing, pearl diving, tending animals, and growing fruits such as pomegranates and figs on irrigated land. Since the discovery of oil in 1932, many people have taken jobs in the...More