A strategic international trade hub located in the Persian Gulf, Manama also serves as the capital city for the Kingdom of Bahrain. Geographically, Bahrain is a group of small islands sprinkled near Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s northeastern coast.
The name Manama means place of rest or place of dreams in Arabic.
Mercer’s 2016 Cost of Living rankings benchmark how much a new resident in a city has to pay for products compared to New York using the US dollar as the base currency. For 2016, Manama ranks as the 71st costliest city for newly relocated citizens, up 20 places from 2015 when Mercer recognized Manama as the world’s 91st most expensive city.
Bahrain exported an estimated US$12.9 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2016. Highest-value Bahraini exports are refined petroleum oils, aluminum and items made from aluminum, iron ores, cars, computers and jewelry according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Manama, Bahrain: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Bahrain National Museum, Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park, Al-Fatih Mosque (Great Mosque) and the Oil Museum and first oil well
Below, you will find 7 of the most famous people born in Manama, Bahrain:
- Rashed Al-Majed, singer & producer (born Jul. 27, 1969)
- Shaila Sabt, model & actress (born Aug. 19, 1993)
- Frank Turner, alternative rock singer (born Dec. 28, 1981)
- Ayad Al Adhamy, record label owner (born Sep. 21, 1985)
- Mohamed Ali Al-Shaaban, TV personality & surgery researcher (born Nov. 5, 1986)
- Mamta Mohandas, actress & singer (born Nov. 14, 1984)
- Jassim Mandi, Olympic soccer/football referee (born Dec. 16, 1944)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Bahrain resident: Bahraini
Population: 147,074 (Manama city)
Density: 14,142 people per square mile (5,460 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,410,000 (Manama built-up urbanized area)
Density: 9,400 people per square mile (3,629 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$66.4 billion as of October 2016 (for Bahrain, per WorldsRichestCountries.com)
GDP per person: $50,303
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Manama were unavailable.
Official currency used in Manama: Bahraini dinar
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Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on December 21, 2016
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Official Government Website, Capital Governate. Accessed on December 21, 2016
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on December 21, 2016
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
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Wikipedia, List of countries and territories by population. Accessed on February 17, 2017
Wikipedia, Manama. Accessed on December 21, 2016
World Population Review, Population of Cities in Bahrain (2016). Accessed on December 21, 2016
Manama’s municipal city limits form a perimeter for land area measuring 10 square miles (27 square kilometers), within which an estimated 147,074 people lived in 2016.
Adding in the urbanized territory outside Manama’s city core results in an overall land area equal to 150 square miles (388 square kilometers). There are about 1.4 million residents in the overall built-up urban area.
Land ownership is at a premium in Bahrain, given that Bahrain is the third-smallest Asian country, trailing only Singapore and Maldives.
Population density is higher within Manama’s municipal city limits with an average 14,100 inhabitants per square mile (5,500 per square kilometer).
Within Bahrain’s urbanized territory both inside and outside Manama’s city limits, the overall population density diminishes to 9,400 people per square mile (3,600 per square kilometer).
For Bahrain overall, population density drops to an average 4,699 inhabitants per square mile (1,814 per square kilometer).
Bahrain is the world’s sixth-most densely populated country behind leader Macau, Monaco, Singapore, Hong Kong and Gibraltar.
Bahrain gained independence from British protection on December 16, 1971. Bahrainis celebrate National Day as a public holiday each December 16.