Bahrain Independence Day

Bahrain Independence Day

Bahrain Independence Day

Wednesday, 16 December
and ends on
Thursday, 17 December

This public holiday is always celebrated on December 16. With December 17, the two-day holiday is also a public holiday.

Former ruler Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa celebrated his accession to the throne in 1961. December 16 is Bahrain’s National Day.

History of Bahrain National Day


Bahrain is a peninsular country of 33 islands. Bahrain has been a British protectorate since the 1860s.

Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa was made the first Emir of Bahrain from 1961 until his death. Born in Jasra, he became rich on the death of his father Salman bin Hammad.

In its 38 years in power, Bahrain gained independence from Britain on August 15, 1971, and transformed the economic transformation in the Persian Gulf region into a modern nation and a major financial centre.

At the age of 65, Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa died of a heart attack on March 6, 1999, shortly after meeting with US Secretary of Defense William Cohen at Al-Sakhr Palace in Manama. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Hammad bin Isa Khalifa.

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