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Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

Bahrain is a safe and agreeable country to visit, with very little in the way of dangers and annoyances, with the possible exception of the taxi drivers and the slightly nefarious nature of some of the city hotels.

Sadly, Bahrain seems to deserve its reputation for sharp practice when it comes to the city taxi service in Manama and Muharraq. Countless visitors complain that taxi drivers refuse to switch on the meter, and heaven help anyone who hasn’t agreed on a price before the start of the journey. There are reputable companies, however, with drivers who stick to the meter.

Once the matter of the fee is settled, Bahraini taxi drivers are often the friendliest and most knowledgeable drivers in the Gulf, and quite likely to drive you home to meet mum. They seem to specialise in ad hoc tours, within and beyond the city area, and if you have an idea of the kinds of things you want to see, you may find this is one of the easiest ways to get around.

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While you're there

Medical services

Medical treatment is easy to obtain in Bahrain and the standard of care is high. Medical services or supplies are available at the following facilities:

AmericanMissionHospital (17 253 447; www.amh.org.bh; Sheikh Isa al-Khebir Ave) Over 100 years old, this is the oldest and smallest hospital in Manama, but it is well equipped.

InternationalHospitalofBahrain (17 591 666; www.ihb.net; just off Budaiya Hwy)

Jaffar Pharmacy (17 291 039; Tarfa bin al-Abd Ave; 24 hr) Located near McDonald’s, off Exhibition Rd.

Salmaniya Medical Centre (17 255 555; Salmaniya Ave) Emergency treatment is available for residents and expats at a nominal fee of BD3.

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