Bahrain Holds Month-Long Census
Bahrain holds on Saturday a month-long census, following the end of a land dispute with neighboring Qatar, reported the Gulf News.
A 1,537-strong army of workers and volunteers are involved in the project, which aims to provide information about every aspect of life in Bahrain, said the paper.
The census is being conducted every 10 years to update data under the directives of the cabinet, added the Gulf News.
"The census aims to create a master blueprint for future developments and help the government improve its services to the people," said Sheikh Ahmad bin Atiyatallah al-Khalifa, head of the general census project.
People residing in homes all over the country will be numerated, along with some of their personal data such as name, date of birth, education level and employment, he said.
The census is expected to show a population of around 690,000, compared to 508,000 a decade ago.
Foreign workers make up around 40 percent of Bahrain's residents.
Bahrain and Qatar on March 16 settled a decades-old territorial dispute through a ruling of the International Court of Justice in The Hague that was welcomed by both Gulf Arab states.
The court endorsed Bahrain's sovereignty over the Hawar islands and Qitat Jarada island, but the Zubara strip stayed in the hands of the Qatari peninsula, which was also awarded the Fasht al-Dibel rocks and Jinan island - Albawaba.com
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