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The Kingdom of Bahrain is a constitutional monarchy in the Arabian Gulf, with Manama as its capital city. It is an island country comprising more than 30 islands and has been at the center of major trade routes since antiquity due to its central location between the Qatar peninsula and the north eastern coast of Saudi Arabia, to which it is connected by the 25km King Fahd Causeway. Manama is a modern city, hosting the acclaimed Bahrain National Museum which showcases artifacts from the ancient Dilmun civilization that flourished in the region for millennia. The city's thriving Bab al-Bahrain bazaar offers wares ranging from colorful handwoven fabrics and spices to pearls. Bahrain is the site of the ancient Dilmun civilization, famous for its pearl fisheries, considered the best in the world.