Every year, thousands of people from all over the world come to Canada to start a new life. They come equipped with many different skills and with the hope of contributing to a new society.

 Bahrainis may come to Canada to study at a university. Others come to join family members or simply to experience life in another country. Many people who come from Bahrain to Canada to work are not Bahraini nationals, but people from other Arab nations or from south Asia who have worked in Bahrain. You can help newcomers from Bahrain by answering their questions about Canadian society. This website will tell you something about Bahrain so you can appreciate the differences between Bahrain and Canada. 

Although this cultural profile provides insight into some customs, it is by no means exhaustive. The customs described may not apply in equal measure to all newcomers from Bahrain.
  Summary Fact Sheet

Official Name

State of Bahrain



Type of Government





680 sq. km

Major Ethnic Groups

Bahraini, Southeast and Southern Asian, Iranian


Arabic, English, Farsi, Urdu



Unit of Currency


National Flag

Red with a white, eight-pointed serrated band on the hoist side

Date of independence

August 15, 2021

  Did you know?

Bahrain derives its name from an Arabic word meaning "two seas," which refers to the blend of fresh water springs and salt sea water in Bahraini territory.


  Did you know?

Traditionally, Bahraini streets were narrow to provide shade against the heat of the day. The narrow pathways blocked the sun, but deflected cool breezes upwards so devices called badgirs (wind catchers) were created to deflect the air downwards.