Bahraini Women

A few basic characteristics on these exotic ladies

Bahrain is a small country off the coast of the Persian Gulf, in so-called ‘Middle East’.

It is an island, and the women there are characterized by the types of attitudes that are typical of island women, very friendly and open to people from outside.

In fact, at least half the people living in Bahrain are non-nationals. However, most of them are a fairly homogeneous population from surrounding areas.

Bahrain has only been an independent state since 1971 so the local national culture is quite young and mostly connected to Muslim culture, which is prevalent in the

country. However, the women themselves are generally considered Asian women.

In observance and practice with Muslim faith and as is common in Arab countries, women wear head covers over their hair public, and in the presence of men.

Among themselves, within the home, they may remove their head covers.

While Bahrain is one of the more progressive and tolerant places in the Middle East in terms of dress code, women do generally dress to cover their bodies.

Many women wear the veil for religious, personal, or fashion reasons, or sometimes even for social conformity.

It is important not to make assumptions on her reasons for wearing the veil, as she lives in a context where this is the norm and in most cases is not second-guessed.

As a result, when it comes to dating, the seductive talents of Bahraini women rely on modest and subtle forms of enticement.

They may use signals with their eyes, by smiling and put their attributes forward not in terms of exposing the physical body, but by showing their mystery and playfulness in terms of personality and charm, demonstrating their intelligence and grace.

Women who dress less conservatively will tend to stand out, and although Bahrain is quite tolerant to deviance from the expected dress code, especially with those who look like foreigners.

However, as a measure of respect, it is generally well advised to respect the local dress code, which has certain recommendations of modesty and conservative dress for men as well as for women.

As in many Arab countries, women’s rights in the public realm are restricted.

This is more on the cultural level than the policy level. Bahraini women are indeed educated and intelligent, and they hold the right to vote.

However, despite being well-represented in the public realm, only about a quarter of Bahraini women are employed outside the home. Many women rely on their husbands for support.

Since women have only gained the vote in 2001, and despite being active and represented in public life, this cultural lag resulting from their absence in public means that some social issues remain, such as the absence of laws to intervene in domestic violence and gendered forms of violence towards women, generally.

Conversely, there are some very progressive aspects to the country’s policies, such as the legalization of homosexuality.

Meanwhile, Bahrain has its own vibrant cultural identity, rife with examples or at and culture.

The official language of Bahrain is Arabic, but many people understand English. Farsi and Urdu are also common within the population.

Bahraini women generally identify as either being Arabic, Muslim or Persian as well as Bahraini.

Aside from the general social stratification within Bahraini society, there are gendered roles as well as specific customs that apply to marriage.

Even women who work outside the home are considered responsible for all domestic work, so Bahraini girls are accustomed to taking good care of a home, providing meals and mending, and consider this a normal part of their lives.

As in most of the world, women are generally considered to have lower status or be weaker, and are not generally treated as equal members of society.

Arranged marriage is quite common as women are considered to be in need of support and protection.

Most marriages are quite traditional and women generally will also take on the primary responsibility for child-rearing and caring for the children and household.

                                                                                                                by Maria-Helena Pacelli

Always remember that true beauty comes from within.