Apart from having the right to vote, around one-quarter of the women of Bahrain are able to hold jobs outside the confines of the household.The traditional garments of the women of Bahrain include the jellabiya, a long, loose dress, which is one of the preferred clothing style for the home and the workplace.Culturally, Bahrain’s unveiled women are discouraged from smiling at strangers, particularly to men who are not family members or those that are unrelated to them.
However, the country is regarded as quite liberal compared to its neighbours.
Bahrainis often speak English and are very friendly towards newcomers.
Both men and women should dress conservatively for business meetings.
Ramadan can be a period of severe culture shock for expats who have never experienced the holy event in a Muslim country.
The practice of veiling is evident in both young and older women.