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Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Safety Index of Manama is equal to 53.8. Crime level in the city is on par with the main European capitals, with very rare violent crimes.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
As a frequently visited tourist destination, it is not surprising that pick-pocketing is common in Manama. Bag snatching does occur as well. Excessive vigilance in all public place is recommended, particularly in the old market areas (calling souks), airports and beaches.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Manama is a place where an occurrence of kidnapping and mugging is low.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
There are almost no known scams.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Accidents while traveling on the road occur frequently, although roads condition are generally very good. Many drivers don’t follow the speed limitations on the highways and drive recklessly. Night driving is supposed to be particularly dangerous because some drivers do not turn on their headlights. There is a threat while off-road driving. Ensure cars are well equipped and you carry enough water. Taxis are expensive, though this is the only option to get around, excluding renting a car. Traveling be sea, plan your route in advance as sometimes the Bahrain government imposes curfews on waterways. Piracy is a risk in a Gulf.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
The Kingdom of Bahrein and Manama is not an exception experiences extremely high temperatures, which can exceed 50C. Sandstorms occur on a regular basis. Sometimes, severe thunderstorms may occur, making driving impossible. Information on natural disasters can be obtained from the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
A number of terrorist attacks occurred in the Gulf region in recent years. The probability of new attacks is high.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM
Overall, female travellers risk in Bahrain seems to be on par with main European countries, Australia, Canada or USA. Visitors should keep in mind the cultural differences and wear modest dress and avoid “small talks” with male strangers. SafeAround recommends taking normal safety precautions and trying not venture alone isolated neighborhoods late at night.