Bahrain is one of the most important economic partners and bases for UK companies in the Gulf and the two nations have always had a very strong bilateral commercial relationship.
It can be notoriously difficult to do business in certain areas of the Middle East but Bahrain is relatively relaxed, having the freest economy in the area and the most liberalised in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
(Check out the GCC website here for a look at how the internet used to look – looks like something you’d get from an Alta Vista search).
Around 100 UK companies have set up base in Bahrain as the country is a major trading hub and financial centre in the region, with one of the most open economies and a liberal tax regime.
So if you’re in a position to join them do business in Bahrain, you’ll need a cost-effective, easy to use and reliable international conference call provider – and that’s where ConferenceCall.co.uk comes in…
How to set up a conference call between the UK and Bahrain
Visit ConferenceCall.co.uk to get your free PIN and then click the ‘Invite Participants’ tab to generate an email template.
Put in the time, date and subject of the conference call, choose UK and Bahrain dial-in codes, click ‘Copy this invitation’, paste it into an email and send to as many as 100 participants.
Dial-in numbers to call
At the allotted time colleagues should dial the following numbers and enter your PIN:
– UK participants dial 0843 0 250 250 (from landlines) or 83000 (from mobiles)
– Bahrain participants dial 1619-9600 (from landlines) or 0820-955955 (from mobiles)
Your conference call is ready to begin!
What’s the best time to call Bahrain from the UK?
Bahrain is just over 4,000 miles from UK and a non-stop flight from London takes just under seven hours.
When you’re planning business calls, just bear in mind that Bahrain is three hours ahead of GMT.
Where is Bahrain?
Bahrain is a small archipelago of 33 islands, just off the eastern coastline of Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf. The biggest of the islands is Bahrain Island and it’s connected to the other three main islands by causeways, and all are connected to Saudi Arabia by the 16-mile-long King Fahd Causeway.
What’s the FCO travel advice on travelling to Bahrain?
The first thing to know when travelling to Bahrain is that all residents and visitors must carry photographic ID.
Demonstrations and protests take place regularly. If you encounter a large public gathering or demonstration, leave the area immediately. If you see any suspect item, don’t approach or touch it. Move away and call the police on 999 or the Police Hotline 8000 8008.
You can drive in Bahrain with a valid UK driving licence for up to 3 months. If you’re staying longer, you will need to get either a local licence or a 1968 International Driving Permit (IDP). IDP. If you are using an IDP, please ensure that you visit the Traffic Authority upon arrival to have it certified. There is a zero-tolerance policy on drink driving, so don’t touch any alcohol if you’re getting behind the wheel.
Crime figures are low in Bahrain, so just be as vigilant as you would be when travelling anywhere in the UK and only use reputable taxi companies. Female visitors should take care when travelling alone at night.
For more information, visit GOV.UK
Any more information on Bahrain?
If you’re looking to do business out in the Middle East, check out Everything you need to know about exporting to Bahrain.