Bahrain is a liberal Muslim country; however, some parts are more conservative, and it is therefore worth observing a few social norms.

  • Greetings Men will be happy to shake hands with tourists, as will most women, but male travellers should wait to be invited by the latter, especially in more rural areas.
  • Dress Men and women should generally dress modestly in public and avoid sheer clothing.
  • Bargaining Although an expectation in traditional markets, large malls and supermarkets have fixed prices.