Manama is the capital of Bahrain. In the last 30 years the city has more than doubled in size and now covers about 25 square kilometres. The population has also risen dramatically from 67,000 in 1971, to 137,000 recorded 1991, and is currently estimated at about 160,000.
The city occupies the far north-eastern corner of corner of the main island of the Bahrain archipelago. Manama is encircled by a ring of excellent highways which link it to the interior, the two causeways to Muharraq Island, a causeway to the Sitra region, and a causeway to Saudi Arabia.
Manama retains an intimate atmosphere with excellent public services and hotels, impeccable hygiene and reputation for security and public order. As well as modern banking, shopping, diplomatic, residential and services areas there still exists the traditional Suq.