Bahrain

January 19, 2014

Bahrain's King Hamad made the announcement this week about the proposed establishment of the Space Research Agency (Courtesy of Trade Arabia)
09:54 GMT

Bahrain is planning to set up a space research agency in its effort to "take advantage" of out-of-this-world technology developments.

January 16, 2014

In the 20-year history of the index, Bahrain has consistently achieved a score greater than 70, well above the world average.
21:15 GMT

Overall, the kingdom is ranked 13th out of 178 economies worldwide, between the US and the UK which rank 12th and 14th respectively and is the only Mena country to rank in the top 20.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's Grand Opera Gala (Image courtesy of Facebook)
05:00 GMT

Squeeze in a little night of culture a la Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Bahrain National Theatre tonight!

January 14, 2014

A Shiite Muslim reads the Quran before starting an anti-government rally in 2012. According to recent reports, government forces have damaged a prominent Shiite shrine. (AFP/File)
07:41 GMT

Bahraini forces belonging to the Al Khalifa ruling family have vandalized the Shiite shrine of Sasaa Sohan al-Abdi, a companion of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

January 12, 2014

Bahrain's theme park will cover an area of 93,618 sq meters and will include amusement rides and the country's first indoor ski slope and full-size ice arena (Shutterstock)
11:23 GMT

Bahrain is constructing a $52.7 million theme park that will feature the country's first full-size ice arena along with an indoor ski slope.

Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan crying at the mic (Image courtesy of viagogo)
09:19 GMT

Thousands of fans traveled to Bahrain from around the Gulf to attend the concert of popular Pakistani singer Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, but an unfortunate car accident just hours before his scheduled gig kept him from performing Friday night.

January 9, 2014

Tension between Bahrain's Sunni and Shiite populations has risen since the onset of protests and police crackdowns in 2011. (AFP/File)
07:48 GMT

Bahrain announced late Wednesday that it has suspended reconciliation talks with the Shiite opposition majority amidst growing unrest.

January 8, 2014

Bahrain parliament voted to establish the private sector minimum wage Tuesday (Courtesy of Gulf News)
09:18 GMT

Bahrain MPs approved a bill this week that ensures all Bahrainis receive at least a minimum wage of $792 a month in the private sector

January 1, 2014

More than 65 people have been killed in violence since protests led by the country's Shiite majority began in February 2011. [foreignpolicy]
05:00 GMT

Ministry in Bahrain claim that Imams should "condemn terrorism from the religious, legal and human points of view,".

December 31, 2013

Bahrain's government often accuses its majority opposition movement for bomb attacks throughout the country (File Archive/AFP)
06:46 GMT

Bahrain foiled a plot Monday to smuggle explosives and weapons into the country by boat

The expansion has been above all driven by substantial gains in the oil and gas sector where output levels rebounded to capacity after technical disruptions.
03:55 GMT

The EDB's latest Bahrain Economic Quarterly said robust expansion of the Bahraini economy gathered further momentum this year.

December 30, 2013

Five men, two who were tried in absentia, were found guilty for homemade bomb attacks from 2012 and have all been sentenced to 15 years in prison each (File Archive/AFP)
13:33 GMT

Bahrain has sentenced five men to 15 years in prison each for homemade bomb attacks in 2012, but activists say their confessions were given under torture.

Fast Link will establish its telecom regional headquarters in Bahrain in 2014 (File Archive/Shutterstock)
11:56 GMT

Telecom company Fast Link Group is opening its regional office in Bahrain in 2014.

December 29, 2013

Sheikh Ali Salman, the leader of the al-Wefaq Shiite opposition party in Bahrain, has been arrested. (AFP/File)
08:50 GMT

Sheik Ali Salman, leader of the Al Wefaq opposition political party in Bahrain, was arrested in Manama on Saturday.

December 25, 2013

Bahrain diesel prices will gradually increase over the next five years, with prices set to double by 2017 (File Archive)
05:00 GMT

Bahrain announced Tuesday that it will "gradually raise" its national diesel fuel selling price to "reduce [the country's] heavy subsidy burden."