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Middle East

Bahrain / บาห์เรน

ราชอาณาจักรบาห์เรน
Kingdom of Bahrain

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General Profile

Bahrain / บาห์เรน  
     • Close and good relationship with Thailand
     • Trading gateway to the GCC states and Iraq
     • Liberal economy and international banking center in the Middle East
     • The location of the United States of America’s Fifth Fleet
     • The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the US, implementing in August 2006, as the first FTA between the US and a Gulf state



General information

    Area                        712 square kilometers (about 0.1% of Thailand’s)   
    Capital                     Manama                                                    
    Population               1.3 million people  (2011)                        
    Languages               Arabic, English                                                             
    Religions                  Muslim 85% (Shia 57% Sunni 28%), Christian and other 15%        
    King                          H.M. King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
    Prime Minster          H.R.H. Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa
    Foreign Minister       H.E. Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohamed Al Khalifa
    Independence Day         December 16    
    Thai-Bahraini Diplomatic Relation Foundation Day     January 17, 1977

Economic information (2011)
    GDP                              $26.42 billion (Thailand: $355.4 billion)
    GDP per Capita            $23,410 (Thailand: $5,257.9)
    Real GDP Growth         1.8 % (Thailand: 1.5%)   
    Exchange rate              Bahraini dinars (BHD)(1 BHD= 81.33 THB)  (Feb.13, 12)
    Reserves                      $3.46 billion(2009) (Thailand: $185.6 billion)
    Inflation rate               3%(2009) (Thailand: 3.3%)
    Natural resources        Oil, associated and nonassociated natural gas, fish, pearls
    Industries                     Petroleum processing and refining, aluminum smelting,
                                         fertilizers, Islamic and offshore banking, insurance
    Oil reserves                  125 million barrels
    Natural gas reserves    90 billion cubic meters
    Oil - production            190,000 barrels/day
    Imports - commodities      Crude oil, machinery, chemicals
    Imports - partners             Saudi Arabia, Japan, Germany, the United States of America
    Exports – commodities      Petroleum and petroleum products, aluminum, textiles
    Exports – partners             The United States of America, South Korea, Japan

Statistics of Thailand-Bahrain (2011)
    Trade value of Thailand-Bahrain   $330.5 million
                                                            (Thailand: export value $131 million)
    Export products of Thailand Cars, jewelry, air conditioners, machinery, copper
    Import produces from Bahrain       Metal ore, fertilizers, oil, iron, machinery
    Tourism     About 4,525 Thai people to Bahrain (2007) (increasing 8% from 2006),
                      about 21,215 Bahraini people to Thailand (2011) (increasing 7.09% from 2010)
    Thai people in Bahrain     About 3,000 people as skilled labors and semi-skilled
                                              labors
    Visa          Free visa for 14-day stay for Thai people to Bahrain and for 30-day stay
for Bahraini people to Thailand
    Office of Thailand in Bahrain         The Royal Thai Embassy in Manama
    Office of Bahrain in Thailand         The Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain in Bangkok

Middle East Division, March 2010 

Political Profile

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Relations

Agreements and Cooperation


  • Date Signed 31 March 2010

  • Date Signed 24 January 2008

  • Date Signed 11 December 2007
  • AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE OF BAHRAIN AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF THAILAND FOR AIR SERVICES BETWEEN AND BEYOND THEIR RESPECTIVE TERRITORIES
    Date Signed 26 April 2006
  • AGREEMENT ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE HIGH COMMISSION FOR BILATERAL COOPERATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF THAILAND AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN
    Date Signed 11 June 2002
  • AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF THAILAND AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN FOR THE PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF INVESTMENTS
    Date Signed 21 May 2002
  • CONVENTION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF THAILAND AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE OF BAHRAIN FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBLE TAXATION AND THE PREVENTION OF FISCAL EVASION WITH RESPECT TO TAXES ON INCOME
    Date Signed 3 November 2001
  • AGREEMENT ON ECONOMIC, TRADE AND TECHNICAL CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF THAILAND AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE OF BAHRAIN
    Date Signed 3 November 2001