2014 BAHRAIN MARATHON, BAHRAIN: 4:46:16 (2014-02-07)


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Capital: Manama

Population: 1,31 million

Currency: Bahraini dinar

Fun facts about Bahrain:

In Arabic, Bahrayn is the dual form of bahr (sea), so al-Bahrayn means ‘the two seas’.

Bahrain is actually an archipelago of 33 islands. The largest is 55km long by 18km wide and areas such as Sitra and Muharraq are actually separate islands.

In addition to freshwater wells, which were once in abundance, there are places in the sea north of Bahrain where fresh water bubbles up in the middle of the salt water.

Bahrain World Trade Centre is the first skyscraper in the world to integrate wind turbines into its design. Each turbine is 29m in diameter and their capacity is 675kw of wind power production. The 240m-tall tower has won several international awards including the LEAF (Leading European Architects’ Forum) award for best use of technology in a large scheme.

The British School of Bahrain holds the world record for the largest simultaneous coin toss. As part of World Maths Day in 2010, 1,117 staff and students took part in the toss which made it into the Guinness Book of Records.

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