In this series of articles we overview languages present in any given country. This time we are looking at the languages spoken in Bahrain

The biggest languages present in Bahrain include:

  • Arabic
  • Persian
  • Urdu

The sole official language of the country is Arabic.

Below you will find summaries for the languages supported by our translation services.

Arabic

Arabic belongs to the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family. It is the sole official language of Bahrain.

Arabic language summary
Number of speakers worldwide422 million
Language familyAfro-Asiatic
WritingArabic abjad
Major Arabic-speaking populations in:22 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

Approximately 422 million people in more than 22 countries speak Arabic as either the first or a second language. Saudi, Mauritanian, and Kuwaiti markets, for example, might be expected to use Arabic in business and daily communications, at least to some extent.

In Bahrain approximately 55% or 936 thousand people use Arabic in their day-to-day communication.

Writing

Arabic employs the Arabic abjad. It is written in the right-to-left fashion.

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Persian

Persian is a Iranian language, which is a branch of the Indo-European language family. It has no country-wide official status in Bahrain.

Persian language summary
Number of speakers worldwide110 million
Language familyIndo-European
WritingPersian abjad
Major Persian-speaking populations in:5 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

Persian is spoken by around 110 million people around the world. Examples of countries, where Persian has a major presence, include:

  • Iran
  • Uzbekistan
  • Tajikistan
  • Afghanistan

Around 7% of the population of Bahrain speak Persian.

Writing

The Persian abjad is used for writing the Persian language. Being a subset of the Persian script, it uses some non-standard characters like پ ,ژ ,چ ,گ , overall 4 symbols.

Translation services

If you intend to expand to the Bahraini market via the Persian language, you might be interested in the following services:

Urdu

Urdu is a Indo-Aryan language, which is a branch of the Indo-European language family. It has no country-wide official status in Bahrain.

Urdu language summary
Number of speakers worldwide170.20 million
Language familyIndo-European
WritingUrdu abjad
Major Urdu-speaking populations in:5 countries

Demographics and geographic distribution

There are major Urdu-speaking populations in 5 countries. Countries with a significant number of people speaking the language include:

  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Afghanistan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Nepal

Less than a quarter of the population speaks Urdu in Bahrain, 85 thousand people in total.

Writing

Urdu employs the Urdu script, which in itself is a sub-type of the Arabic script. It is written in the right-to-left fashion.

Translation services

If you intend to expand to the Bahraini market via the Urdu language, you might be interested in the following services:

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