With the smallest oil reserves in the Gulf, Bahrain was the first country in its region to diversify its economy away from a dependence on crude, in the 1990s. Today, it is a major hub for financial services and tourism. An archipelago of more than 30 islands, the Shiite-majority nation has long been ruled by the Sunni Khalifa dynasty. Bahrain is grappling with rising debt levels, and is economically and strategically reliant on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

He's Sowing the Seeds of 'Green Jihad'

Odeh Rashid al-Jayyousi, the United Nations’ first ecotheologian, is linking Islam with environmentalism.

This Bahrain Dive Once Made People Rich

Explore the world’s last-remaining intact pearling site, and perhaps find a gem of your own.

Bahrain Sees Beyond Oil and Gas, Eyes a Path to Tech Greatness

Offering unique benefits, this Persian Gulf country attracts a wave of tech startups, from food to fintech to fitness.

This Is the No. 1 Country in the World for Expats

Looking for a new country to call home for a while? Go east.


The Carlos Watson Show

The Carlos Watson Show brings bold, impactful conversations with culture-defining celebrities, intellectual pioneers and changemakers, spotlighting the voices you need to hear to make sense of this important time in American history.

When Bahrain's Men Went Pearling, Its Women Ruled

This nation has been at the center of major trade routes since antiquity, but it took a decidedly modern approach when its men shipped off to sea.

Maryam al-Khawaja, the Accidental Activist

Even in exile, with members of her family incarcerated, the 26-year-old Bahraini activist is optimistic about her country’s pro-democracy movement — and she’s traveling the world to push it forward.