I bet most new expats will come to know that Bahrain was the first country in the Middle East to have found oil, but there are also a few more ‘firsts’:
- Bahrain was the first country in the Middle East where oil was discovered back in 1932;
- Bahrain was also the first Gulf country to establish a national airline (Gulf Aviation) to serve the region. This makes Gulf Air the oldest carrier in the Middle East;
- It was also the destination of British Airway’s first commercial flight of Concorde on 21 January 1976;
- It was also the country to first publish a weekly newspaper in the Gulf region;
- Furthermore, Bahrain changed from quasi-independent (Bahrain was a British Protectorate until 1971) to a truly independent state in the Gulf;
- It was also the first GCC country to introduce laws to regulate the financial services sector;
- And of course, the first country to host the Formula 1 Grand Prix in the Middle East back in 2004.
Am I missing anything?