What The Video Lounge has to say about when Filming on Location in Bahrain

WHAT OUR LOCAL FILM FIXERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT FILMING ON LOCATION IN BAHRAIN, MIDDLE EAST

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The Kingdom of Bahrain is a Middle East Island country situated in the Persian Gulf between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, with Iran lying 124 nautical miles to the north. Bahrain is made up of an archipelago of 33 islands which are mostly desert.

Bahrain features an arid climate. Bahrain has two seasons: extremely hot summer and a relatively mild winter. Most of the rains occur in the winter months, however, they are irregular, and occasionally, there can be some intense rainfalls in winter.

Arabic is the official language of Bahrain. English is widely used, however, and is a compulsory second language at all schools. Persian is also common, although it is spoken mostly in the home. Several other languages are spoken among expatriates in Bahrain, including Urdu, Hindi, and Tagalog.

The Bahraini Dinar is the currency of Bahrain. The best currency to travel to Bahrain with, outside of the local dinar and dirham, would be the USD. It is widely accepted as the local currencies are both pegged to the dollar.

Bahrain is safe to film in, as crime rates in Bahrain are relatively low and violent crime is rare

At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or film production in Bahrain.

ABOUT FILM PERMIT, TEMPORARY IMPORT OF FILM EQUIPMENT,VISAS AND WORK PERMITS WHEN FILMING ON LOCATION IN BAHRAIN , THE MIDDLE EAST

Visas & Work Permits

Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Crews arriving on Western passport can obtain a visa on arrival. Check to see if you are eligible for an E-visas. Journalists must have a journalism visa. Contact your local Bahraini embassy or representative for more information.

Import permits for film equipments

Bahrain is an ATA carnet country.

 Film Location Permits for Bahrain

Local film fixer and location manager provide this service and negotiate best rates for privately owned locations.

ABOUT FILM LOCATIONS IN THE BAHRAIN , THE MIDDLE EAST

The Kingdom of Bahrain is a flat and arid and is located in the Persian Gulf. The island has no rivers but has 10 mountains, the highest and most prominent being Jabal ad Dukhan.The beaches and desert looks are not particularly photogenic. 

Bahrain is best known for its oil and gas facilities. The capital Manama is known for its modern city skyline. Film locations of note include the Bahrain National Museum, National Theatre of Bahrain, Al Fateh Grand Mosque, Al Khamis Mosque, Al-Qudaibiya Palace, Bahrain Fort, Arad Fort, Siyadi House, Isa bin Ali House, Bahrain World Trade Center, Bab Al-Bahrain, and the man-made Amwaj Islands.Bahrain International Circuit is a F1 Grand Prix circuit that is available for filming. The Tree of Life is a 400 year old Prosopis cineraria tree located in the middle of a desert landscape.For underwater photographers Bahrain has a submerged 747 plane.The King Fahd Causeway is a series of bridges and causeways connecting Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

ABOUT FILM CREWS,EQUIPMENT AND TALENT IN BAHRAIN,MIDDLE EAST

Bahrain has a very small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Key crew should be brought in from abroad or Dubai.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Bahraini’s are ethnically Arab. Immigrants from South and Southeast Asia make up the majority of the country’s population

Basic lighting, grip and RED camera package available locally. Additional equipment is best brought in from Dubai or abroad