[Persian ma-na-muh, -ma]
a city in and the capital of Bahrain, on N Bahrain island.
Also called Al Manamah. Unabridged


[bah-reyn, -rahyn, buh-]
a sheikdom in the Persian Gulf, consisting of a group of islands: formerly a British protectorate; declared independent 1971. 232 sq. mi. (601 sq. km). Capital: Manama.
the largest island in this group: oil fields. 213 sq. mi. (552 sq. km).
Also, Bahrein. Unabridged
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Bahrain or Bahrein (bɑːˈreɪn)
an independent sheikhdom on the Persian Gulf, consisting of several islands: under British protection until the declaration of independence in 1971. It has large oil reserves. Language: Arabic. Religion: Muslim. Currency: dinar. Capital: Manama. Pop: 739 000 (2004 est). Area: 678 sq km (262 sq miles)
Bahrein or Bahrein

Manama (məˈnɑːmə)
the capital of Bahrain, at the N end of Bahrain Island: transit port. Pop: 142 000 (2005 est)

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Bahrain [(bah-rayn)]

Island kingdom in the Persian Gulf off the coasts of Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Note: British protectorate from 1820 to 1971.
Note: Revenues from oil reserves, first discovered in 1931, have funded some of the most progressive programs in the Arabian nations.
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