Governorates of Bahrain

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Governorates of Bahrain
محافظات البحرين (Arabic)
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Category Unitary state
Location Kingdom of Bahrain
Number 4 Governorates
Populations 101,456 (Southern Governorate) – 329,510 (Capital Governorate)
Areas 98 km2 (38 sq mi) (Capital Governorate) – 1,130 km2 (438 sq mi) (Southern Governorate)
Government governate government, National government
Subdivisions Constituency
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There are four Governorates in Bahrain; the Capital, Northern, Southern and Muharraq. There had previously been five until September 2014, when the Central Governorate was abolished. [1]


The first municipality in Bahrain was the 8-member Manama municipality which was established in July 1919.[2] Members of the municipality were elected annually; the municipality was said to have been the first municipality to be established in the Arab world.[2] The municipality was in charge of cleaning roads and renting buildings to tenants and shops. By 1929, it undertook road expansions as well as opening markets and slaughterhouses.[2] In 1958, the municipality started water purification projects.[2] In 1960, Bahrain comprised four municipalities including Manama, Hidd, Al Muharraq, and Riffa.[3] Over the next 30 years, the 4 municipalities were divided into 12 municipalities as settlements such as Hamad Town and Isa Town grew.[3] These municipalities were administered from Manama under a central municipal council whose members are appointed by the king.[4] After September 22nd, 2014, Bahrain was split into four governorates. These governorates are:

Map Governorate Population (2010) Area (km2)
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Yellow Capital Governorate 329,510 68
Gold Muharraq Governorate 189,114 57
Light Blue Northern Governorate 276,949 175
Pink Southern Governorate 101,456 480

The first municipal elections to be held in Bahrain after independence in 1971, was in 2002.[5] The most recent was in 2014.


A map of the constituencies in Bahrain (2002-2014)

A specific number of adjacent city blocks are grouped together to form an area (listed as area 1, area 2 etc.). Each of these areas forms a constituency in the country's electorate. Every four years, elections are held in these constituencies, with each constituency electing its own MP. The most recent election was in the Bahraini parliamentary by-election in 2011.

Each governorate also has its own municipality council, with separate elections for them.

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  1. ^ "The Gulf Daily News". 
  2. ^ a b c d "History of Municipalities". Ministry of Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning – Kingdom of Bahrain. Archived from the original on 13 December 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Governorates of Bahrain". Statoids. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bahrain Government". Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United Nations. Archived from the original on 3 June 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Three Polls, Three Different Approaches". The Estimate. 17 May 2002. Archived from the original on 3 October 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012.