Bahrain Warnings and Dangers
Steeped in antiquity, Bahrain is known for its local museum and a traditional bazaar featuring flavorful and enticing spices along with handwoven fabrics designed with fascinating color combinations. A few words of cautious advice can help you enjoy your trip to Bahrain without running into any unnecessary situations.
Expect to Overpay When Riding in a Metered Taxi
In spite of attempts to regulate meters, taxi drivers in Bahrain tend to ignore the meters and insist on charging passengers exorbitant fares. These drivers do not approve of the new meter rules because the regulations prevent them from making decent livings. Consequently, they are trying to find ways to charge you more money. Do not allow these drivers to charge you $10 for a five-minute ride. As a side note, it is always a good idea to barter the price before the driver starts driving and if you plan to take a taxi ride after midnight, the driver may ask you for a 50% surcharge fee.
A Few Words About Traffic in Bahrain
If you plan to rent a car, you can expect to run into heavy traffic and driving in Bahrain is one of the most dangerous activities to expect.
Resist the Temptation to Get Drunk
Avoid driving while under the influence of alcoholic beverages. If you are caught, you could end up in jail for one week plus pay an expensive fine. In fact, you should try to avoid getting drunk in public. If you are discovered in an inebriated state, you could be arrested.
A Few Rules Regarding Women
If you are a member of the female gender, you need to refrain from wearing revealing dresses that cause men to make unwelcome propositions. Wear dresses with long sleeves covering your elbows and hemlines below your knees. Never hitch a ride, especially when you are visiting any of the red light districts.
If you are a man, do not shoot photographs or videos of local women unless you get their permission ahead of time.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about areas to avoid in Bahrain.