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Welcome To Bahrain
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Selected MR Agencies
  • Elephants Can't Jump

    Ensuring brand initiatives work in practice as well as in theory. To have marketplace impact, we believe every research assignment should consist of three elements consumer exploration or validation, within a competitive context, generating commercial outputs.
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  • Firefish Ltd

    29 full time staff, operating in all corners of the globe, on all manner of projects. No methodology is squashed to fit. We approach each brief with fresh eyes and minds, to make sure you get the most out of your research, helping your brand move forward.
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  • Grass Roots

    Grass Roots is one of Europe's largest performance improvement companies. Established in 1980, Grass Roots UK is the founding company of a group with offices and partners operating in 15 countries around the world.
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  • DIGITAL-MR

    In addition to Social Media Research (Web Listening) DigitalMRs solutions also include community panels, access panels, Web usability and a distinct focus on qualitativeresearch online.
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An Introduction to Bahrain

Officially the Kingdom of Bahrain (from the Arabic 'Mamlakat al Bahrayn' - Kingdom of the Two Seas), this is a small island nation made up of an archipelago of thirty-three islands in the Persian Gulf and ruled by the Al Khalifa royal family who captured the country from the Persians in 1783. In order to secure these holdings, it entered into a series of treaties with the UK during the 19th century that made Bahrain a British protectorate. The archipelago attained its independence in 1971. See full country profile.

Latest Research News from Middle East

Sep 25
MarketVision Research has appointed former Nielsen exec Laura Moussa in its Dubai office, as Director of its Qualitative Division, supporting growth in the region. Sep 25 2017
Sep 22
London-based video ad distribution and tracking platform Unruly has launched a new targeting capability, to help advertisers across South East Asia connect with those consumers most likely to emotionally engage with a specific ad. Sep 22 2017


4 current Middle Eastern jobs:

Senior Research Executive (Qualitative) - Leading Regional Consultancy, Dubai, Excellent Tax Free Package + relocation - (posted Jun 16 2017)
Qual Research Manager, Consumer / Brands - Leading Regional Consultancy, Dubai, Excellent Tax Free Package (AED 150-180k) + relocation - (posted Jun 15 2017)
Quantitative Analyst - Politics and Comms, Middle East, Iraq, 30-40,000 - (posted Jun 7 2017)
Senior Research Executive, FMCG - Growing Research Group, Dubai, $AED 8,000pm (Tax free) plus benefits, bonus, insurances, relocation - (posted May 30 2017)


Fast Facts
Map of Bahrain
CAPITAL: Manama
GOVERNMENT: Constitutional Monarchy
AREA: 741 sq. km
POPULATION: 728,709 (includes 235,108 non-nationals) (July 2010)
MAJOR LANGUAGE: Arabic
Minarets of Al Khamis mosque, Bahrain
Minarets of Al Khamis mosque, Bahrain


This other Eden? Shajarat al-Hayah (The Tree of Life) is a 400-year-old tree in Bahrain that is considered a natural wonder. This unique tree stands alone in the desert about 1.2 miles from the highest point in Bahrain. How this tree remains alive is a mystery - it is in a place that has no natural water supply. The longevity of the tree, and the mystery surrounding it, has led to local legend suggesting that the tree sits on the site of the Garden of Eden.

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Bahrain in Profile

Officially the Kingdom of Bahrain (from the Arabic 'Mamlakat al Bahrayn' - Kingdom of the Two Seas), this is a small island nation made up of an archipelago of thirty-three islands in the Persian Gulf and ruled by the Al Khalifa royal family who captured the country from the Persians in 1783. In order to secure these holdings, it entered into a series of treaties with the UK during the 19th century that made Bahrain a British protectorate. The archipelago attained its independence in 1971.

Bahrain's small size and central location among Persian Gulf countries require it to play a delicate balancing act in foreign affairs among its larger neighbours. Facing a decline in the oil reserves which are the source of its wealth, Bahrain has turned to petroleum processing and refining and has transformed itself into an international banking centre.

Some Business and General Info

GDP: $28.31 bn (2009), $38,800 per capita

Religions Muslim (Shia and Sunni) 81.2%, Christian 9%, other 9.8% (2001 census)

Currency: Bahraini Dinar (BHD) (1 BHD = 1.69 GBP)

Telephone Code: +973

Research Industry

Bahrain has no MR association and no locally-based research providers as far as we know.

Overview of Trade and Industry

According to the CIA World Factbook, Bahrain exported $USD 12.65 billion worth of goods in 2009. Exports comprised petroleum and petroleum products, aluminum, textiles, and went principally to India, and Saudi Arabia.

Imports in the same year were worth $USD 10.95 billion, consisting of crude oil, machinery, chemicals, mostly from Saudi Arabia, France, US, China, South Korea, Japan, Germany and the UK.

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Bahrain
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