Cultural Connections through Art: U.S. Ambassador Hosts Art in Embassies Reception and Highlights American Artists

On November 7th, Ambassador Justin Siberell and his wife hosted a reception and an art exhibit in honor of visiting American artist Bernadette Jiyong Frank.  The exhibit displayed pieces of her artwork, along with a collection from the Art in Embassies Program. Representatives from the Bahraini artists, educational, business, and diplomatic communities attended the event.  ...
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Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis’ Meeting with Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis met with Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on October 27, 2018, at the Guadaybiya Palace to reaffirm the longstanding defense relationship between the United States and Bahrain. The leaders discussed a broad range of defense issues. The Secretary thanked his Majesty for hosting him during the IISS-chaired ...
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Outlaw Regime: A Chronicle of Iran’s Destructive Activities

October 29, 2018 Secretary Pompeo released the State Department’s new report detailing the magnitude of the Iranian regime’s destructive behavior at home and abroad. The report covers Iran’s support for terrorism, its missile program, illicit financial activities, threats to maritime security and cybersecurity, human rights abuses, as well as environmental exploitation. Download the report
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Lili Gil Valletta’s Participation in Manama Entrepreneurship Week

U.S. Embassy Manama invited Ms. Lili Gil Valletta to be a keynote speaker at the 4th Annual Manama Entrepreneurship Week on October 21. The opening night featured a number of panel discussions covering new global business trends, culture, entrepreneurship, and financial resources for start-ups. Lili presented a keynote presentation on “Cultural Intelligence” and how to integrate ...
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Royal University for Women Receives U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell

The Royal University for Women (RUW) received U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain Justin Siberell at the RUW campus to discuss cooperation between the University and the U.S Embassy in the education field. During the visit, President Dr. David Stewart gave a comprehensive overview of RUW programs and the RUW partnership with West Virginia University.
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The BIBF Receives U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell

The Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF) received U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain Justin Siberell at the BIBF premises to discuss existing relationships, and aspects of cooperation between the Institute and the U.S Embassy in the training and education field. During the visit, the Management presented a comprehensive overview about the various training programs and development initiatives ...
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U.S. Ambassador Visits American Mission Hospital

As part of the Discover America Week events, Unites States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain Justin Siberell visited the American Mission Hospital on October 16. The American Mission Hospital traces its origins back to 1893 and the establishment of the Arabian Mission by the Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  American physicians began ...
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U.S. Ambassador Tours the Avenues Bahrain for Discover America Week

As part of Discover America Week activities, U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell visited The Avenues-Bahrain shopping complex, where he was welcomed by the director, James Waugh. Mr. Waugh led the ambassador on a tour of American food and beverage outlets at the complex. Ambassador Siberell stopped and met employees at three of the U.S. restaurant chains, ...
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Ambassador Siberell Highlights American-Made Products at Lulu Hypermarket Juffair

On October 15, U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain Justin Siberell visited Lulu Hypermarket (Juffair Mall branch) to highlight American-made products in Bahrain as part of Discover America Week – a celebration that runs from October 14-24. The Ambassador was accompanied by Mr. Juzer Rupawala, Director of the Lulu Group, and other Lulu Hypermarket staff. Ambassador ...
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U.S. Ambassador Hosts Discussion In Honor of U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement Founders

As part of the U.S. Embassy’s Discover America Week celebrations, U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain Justin Siberell hosted a discussion at his residence in honor of the founders of the U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement (FTA).  The guests discussed bilateral economic and commercial relations and ways of moving forward with the FTA to enhance trade. Ambassador Siberell ...
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Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Travel to Manama

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan traveled to Manama, Bahrain from October 12-13, 2018.  The Deputy Secretary met with senior officials to discuss critical regional and bilateral issues, including counterterrorism cooperation and countering the Iranian regime’s malign influence.  He also engaged with U.S. Embassy staff, as well as with representatives from the business community ...
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Celebrate and Discover America in Bahrain! An op-ed by the U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain

Celebrate and Discover America in Bahrain! By Justin Siberell, U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain The United States enjoys an extremely robust relationship with the government and people of Bahrain. Ours is a long-standing, mutually-beneficial partnership that allows each country to enhance the other’s strengths and capabilities. Our partnership is built upon an enduring ...
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American Universities Visit Bahrain

On Monday, October 1, U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell opened the U.S. Educational Group (USEG) University Fair at the Bahrain Sheraton Hotel.  Admissions representatives from 25 American universities met with students, parents, and school counselors, providing information on academic programs, financial aid opportunities, the admissions process, and American campus life. The fair was attended by over 400 people interested in ...
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International Student Network (ISN) Visits Bahrain

On September 25, 2018, the International Student Network (ISN) visited Bahrain to meet with students interested in studying in the United States. The fair featured representatives from over 10 American colleges and universities who met with students interested in studying in the U.S. Over 400 people attended the fair and learned about the university admissions ...
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Ambassador Siberell and Mrs. Arnavaz Siberell Hosted a Coffee for Women Bahraini Artists

Mrs. Arnavaz Siberell, wife of U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain Justin Siberell, hosted a Coffee for Women Artists to thank them for lending their artwork during the holy month of Ramadan and to highlight the friendship between the United States and Bahrain. During the meeting, Ambassador Siberell recognized the talented female Bahraini artists, whose paintings were ...
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U.S. Missoula Children’s Theater Preforms The Classic Play Pinocchio

On August 4, Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT), in collaboration with the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) and the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain, performed the classic play, “Pinocchio,” in front of a packed house at the Nakhool Tent.  Charge’ D’affaires  Ms. Aimee Cutrona attended the opening and thanked the Bahrain Authority for Culture and ...
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Sports for Healthy Living in Youth

On July 21, ten American sports and health professionals from the United States traveled to Bahrain to participate in Youth City 2030. The Promoting Healthy Living exchange program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Citizen Exchanges through the Sports Diplomacy division. The goal of the exchange program is to explore programs ...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Visits Bahrain

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Andrew Peek visited Bahrain on July 9 for meetings with Bahraini officials.  Please see the following links for the media interviews DAS Peek conducted while in Bahrain: BNA interview English: http://www.bna.bh/portal/en/news/848642 BNA interview Arabic:  http://www.bna.bh/portal/news/848610 BTV interview: https://youtu.be/irRX65HGsZo?t=1189  
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American Intern Works With Museum Experts at Bahrain National Museum

When Crista Lee-Ann Cagney arrived in Bahrain on January 2018 to begin her six-month internship at the National Museum, she settled in right away with her new colleagues.  “Making acquaintances was delightful; everyone here is so kind and warm, so I felt right at home working at the museum,” she reports.  As a second year ...
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U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell Attends Basketball Camp at Alba

On July 2, U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell attended the awards ceremony of the Global Coach Academy Basketball Camp at Alba Club.  The Global Coach Academy Basketball Camp, led by former NBA basketball player Sam Vincent, seeks to use the sport of basketball to teach important life skills to Bahraini youth.  The ceremony was also attended ...
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Ambassador Siberell: Bahrain Leading the Way to Combat Human Trafficking

Opinion editorial By: Justin Siberell U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain On Thursday at the United States Department of State, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo released the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, an annual publication documenting the efforts of 187 governments in combating human trafficking. Human trafficking, also known as trafficking ...
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American Ambassador’s Wife Hosts Ladies Ramadan Majlis

Mrs. Arnavaz Siberell, wife of U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain Justin Siberell, hosted a Ramadan majlis for ladies in celebration of the holy month of Ramadan and the friendship between the United States and Bahrain. During the majlis, Mrs. Siberell recognized a group of talented female Bahraini artists, whose paintings were showcased on the walls of the residence.  Bahraini artists featured in the exhibit included Zakeya ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Youth Iftar

On May 21, U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell hosted an Iftar for Bahraini youth to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan and the strong friendship between the United States and Bahrain.  During the event, which took place at the Downtown Rotana Hotel in Manama.  Ambassador Siberell congratulated a number of outgoing U.S. Embassy-sponsored exchange program participants, as well as the Crown Prince International Scholarship Program participants who will be ...
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Ambassador Siberell Presents AWA Ambassador’s Award

On May 14, the American Women’s Association (AWA) held its annual awards ceremony at the Movenpick Hotel.  U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain Justin Siberell and his wife, Mrs. Arnavaz Siberell, attended the event, and Ambassador Siberell presented the AWA Ambassador’s Award to former AWA president Lia Wright.  Ambassador Siberell noted that the AWA has played a vital role in the Bahraini-U.S. partnership.
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His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Hosts the American Community In Bahrain

On April 30, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa hosted the American Community in Bahrain at the Sakhir Palace. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa and His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa were also in attendance. U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell led the representatives of the American Community in Bahrain.  These representatives included ...
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Remarks By Ambassador Justin Siberell At The National Day Celebration

Remarks by Ambassador Justin Siberell Celebration of 242 Years of Independence for the United States of America April 17, 2018, 7:00 p.m. The Four Seasons Hotel, Manama, Bahrain   Good Evening.  Your Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Rashid al Khalifa; Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen: It is my honor and privilege to welcome you to this ...
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American Embassy Celebrates Independence Day

On April 17, the U.S. Embassy celebrated the 242nd anniversary of the independence of the United States of America at the Four Seasons Hotel, Bahrain Bay. The event was attended by Shaikh Khalifa bin Rashid Al Khalifa, who was deputized by HRH the Prime Minister, as well as Southern Governor Shaikh Khalifa bin Ali Al Khalifa ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder

Due to regional developments, there is potential for spontaneous demonstrations to take place in Bahrain over the coming days, and possibly beyond.  While we have no information indicating a threat to American citizens, we encourage you to continually exercise the appropriate level of security awareness in regards to anti-U.S. activity or events.  We remind U.S. ...
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U.S. Embassy and Isa Cultural Center Renew MoU – April 3

U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell and Isa Cultural Center Executive Dr. Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa signed a Memorandum of Understanding to renew the American Corner at the Isa Cultural Center.  The event highlighted the importance of increasing mutual understanding between the peoples of Bahrain and the United States.  During the ceremony, Ambassador Siberell, presented 190 audiobooks to the American Corner’s new technical ...
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Ambassador Siberell Hosts The Mary McBride Band

On April 2, Ambassador Justin Siberell and Mrs. Arnavaz Siberell hosted a musical reception featuring the American rock ‘n roll ensemble, “The Mary McBride Band.”  The band includes Mary McBride, Jon Spurney, John Kengla, Armistead Wellford, and Mark Stepro. The ensemble, which was in Bahrain to perform at the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities’ ...
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Consular Chief Jeff Austin Hosts EducationUSA Session

On Wednesday, March 28, 2018, Consular Chief Jeff Austin and Education Specialist Samar Hasan held an information session for students interested in learning about higher education in the United States at the Riffa Views School. During the session, students learned about university admissions, financial aid, student visas, and U.S. government exchange programs.
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U.S. Educational Expert Karen Bauer Visits Bahrain

EducationUSA Regional Educational Advising Coordinator Karen Bauer visited Bahrain to discuss EducationUSA programs from March 20-22, 2018. During her stay, Ms. Bauer visited the Crown Prince International Program Advisor, The Bahrain Bayan School, Abdul Rahman Kanoo International School, Al Raja School, and the Bahrain Education and Training Exhibition (EDUTEX). Ms. Bauer also participated in a live chat to give ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Cutrona Visits Arabian Gulf University

On March 26, Deputy Chief of Mission Aimee Cutrona visited the Arabian Gulf University to talk to mid-career executives on Leadership for the 21st Century.  This course is part of Boston College’s Memorandum of Understanding with Arabian Gulf University to deliver a PhD in Innovation Management. The program is designed to help early and mid-career executives understand the ...
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U.S. Ambassador Marks Women’s History Month

On March 15, U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain Justin Siberell hosted a dinner for Bahraini and American women in celebration of Women’s History Month.  Ambassador Siberell praised the contributions of women to Bahraini and American society.  The dinner was attended by American filmmaker Robin Hauser, who is in Bahrain to screen her award-winning documentary, “CODE:  Debugging the Gender Gap” which explores ...
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US Defense Secretary Visits Bahrain

On March 14-15, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis visited Bahrain. He was greeted by Minister of Defense Affairs Lieutenant-General Youssef bin Ahmed Al-Jalahma and U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain Justin Siberell.  During his visit, Secretary Mattis met with His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa; His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander, and ...
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Bahrain And U.S. Hold Environmental Cooperation Meetings

On March 7 at Bahrain National Museum, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United States of America held the inaugural meetings of the Joint Forum on Environmental Cooperation under the United States-Bahrain Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Cooperation and the Subcommittee on Environmental Affairs under the Bahrain-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.  Dr. Mohammed Mubarak Bin Daina, ...
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Ambassador Siberell participates in the Opening of the Zwemer Clinic

On March 5th, U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell took part in the grand opening of the new Zwemer Clinic at the American Mission Hospital (AMH).  The clinic was named after the American missionary Samuel Zwemer who co-founded AMH over 100 years ago.  The new clinic is designed to serve those in financial need. The U.S. Embassy is proud of the long history of service and compassion that have ...
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U.S. Ambassador Concludes Discover America Week 2018

Ambassador Siberell concluded Discover America Week 2018 on Thursday February 15, with some American BBQ at the Big Texas Barbeque & Waffle House at the Best Western Olive Hotel in Juffair. The Big Texas Barbeque & Waffle House is a success story of the Bahrain-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. Discover America Week 2018 highlighted the strong economic relationship between Bahrain and the ...
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Ambassador Justin Siberell’s address to AmCham Bahrain, January 30, 2018

Ambassador’s Speech to the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain Welcome Lunch, January 30, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Al Bahrain Ballroom   Thank you, Qays for that warm welcome.  It is a great honor to join you and the members of the AmCham Board, along with your guests and friends at ...
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Ambassador Justin Siberell’s remarks at the opening ceremony of MEET ICT Bahrain (BITEX)

Ambassador’s Speech at the MEET ICT Bahrain (BITEX) Opening Ceremony February 13, 2018, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., Gulf Convention Center, Gulf Hotel   Your Excellency Minister Kamal Bin Ahmed Mohammed, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for the kind invitation to speak at today’s opening ceremony at MEET ICT. Congratulations to the Minister and ...
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Embassy Offers, “How To Do Business in the United States” Seminar

On Monday, February 12, the U.S. Embassy, in cooperation with the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain (AmCham) and BIBF, held a seminar entitled “How to do Business in the United States.”  The seminar, held on the BIBF campus, included speakers from the U.S. Embassy, Washington, D.C., and across the region.  The speakers gave tips ...
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Ambassador Siberell Addresses the MEET ICT Bahrain Opening Ceremony

On February 13, Ambassador Siberell joined HE Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications Kamal Bin Ahmed Mohammed, HE Minister of Youth and Sports Hisham Bin Mohammed Al Jowder, and BTECH Chairman Ubaydli Ubaydli to open the 2018 MEET ICT Bahrain (BITEX) Conference at the Gulf Hotel Convention Center. During his speech, Ambassador Siberell noted the strength ...
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Discover America Week 2018 Beach Clean-Up

The American Embassy in Manama, in cooperation with AECOM, kicked off Discover America Week 2018 with a beach clean-up on Saturday, February 10.  U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell, along with staffers from the embassy, AECOM, and others participated in the event.  Around 75 volunteers helped in cleaning up Nurana Beach.
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Ambassador Siberell highlights U.S. Products in AlJazira Supermarket

U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell visited AlJazira Supermarket to highlight U.S. made products in Bahrain as part of Discover America Week 2018.  The Ambassador was accompanied by Al Jazira Supermarket’s Chairman Abdulhussain Dawani and other Al Jazira staff.  Al Jazira Supermarket, which opened their first store in Bahrain in 1965, stock around 5,000 different U.S. products ...
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Success Story of U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement

U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell along with Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism Zayed Al-Zayani visited West Point Home to celebrate a fantastic United States-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement success story as part of the Discover America Week 2018. The American home textile company has invested more than $160 million in Bahrain since the U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade ...
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Discover America Week 2018 OP-ED

By Justin Siberell, U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain It is a pleasure to announce the opening of Discover America Week 2018. Discover America is a weeklong celebration of American commerce and culture, including food, leisure, shopping, sports, tourism, and more. The relationship between Bahrain and the United States runs strong and deep; it ...
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American Soccer Player Estelle Johnson Attends the BFA Women’s Cup Final

On February 4, visiting American professional soccer player Estelle Johnson attended the BFA Women’s Cup final as a guest of the Bahrain Football Association. Ms. Johnson, who is visiting Bahrain on a U.S. Embassy cultural exchange program, was joined by U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell, and they were greeted by BFA President Sheikh Ali bin Khalifa ...
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Ambassador Siberell Addresses AmCham

On January 30, Ambassador Justin Siberell attended a luncheon hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain (AmCham) and addressed AmCham members. In his remarks, Ambassador Siberell lauded the strong Bahraini-U.S. economic relationship and hailed the Bahrain-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, which has more than doubled bilateral trade since it came into force in 2006. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder

Spontaneous demonstrations, and at times violent anti-government activity, continue to take place in Bahrain, particularly at night and in restricted areas. This unrest can be in response to local developments, calls for protests, or regional events. American citizens should be aware of the following: Anniversary dates of significant events in Bahrain – including February 14th ...
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American Author, Siobhan Fallon, Visits Bahrain – January 8 – 10

Author Siobhan Fallon, award-winning American novelist, visited Bahrain and was welcomed by local writing and reading enthusiasts with whom she shared her personal journey on the road to becoming a published author.  She met with the Bahrain Writers Circle, the American Women’s Association, the American Cultural and Education Center, as well as students at Al ...
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U.S. Ambassador visits the American Mission Hospital

On January 9, the U.S. Ambassador visited the American Mission Hospital.  The CEO of the American Mission Hospital, Dr. George Cheriyan, hosted the U.S. Ambassador and gave him a tour, sharing the hospital’s distinguished history of community service. AMH was established on January 26, 1903, under the name “Mason Memorial Hospital.”  The establishment of the hospital by American ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports University of Bahrain’s “Layers 2” Forum

Between December 11 and 15, 2017 U.S. Embassy Manama supported the visit of Prof. Jorge Montero for the “Layers 2 : Art, Graphic Design and Digital Advertising Forum hosted by the University of Bahrain. He is a Professor of Graphic Design at Savannah College of Art and Design and has been a member of their ...
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American Artist Participates in the “Nest” Manama Winter Festival

An American Artist visited Bahrain from November 12 to November 16 as part of the Al Riwaq Winter Art Festival, the NEST, and presented his dance and music installation. The performance and installation was meant to be a kind of choreography for the Adliya neighborhood, as a way to address erasure and development in architecture ...
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American Museum Intern Gains Experience at the Bahrain National Museum

Jenna Julien arrived in Bahrain in July 2017 to begin a six-month internship with the Bahrain National Museum.  After completing her Bachelors in Fine Arts in Visual Art, with Art History Minor at Azusa Pacific University and her Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies from New York University, Jenna wanted to build her skills ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports Seedstars MENA Summit

On December 14, 2017, U.S. Embassy Manama participated in the Seedstars MENA Summit.  The summit gathered all of Seedstars’ local winners, 350 registered attendees, including regional investors, mentors, entrepreneurs, and corporations. The event featured a number of panel discussions as well as some innovation showcases.  U.S. Embassy Economic Officer Judith E. Baker participated in a ...
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Bahrain Student Leaders Represent Bahrain in the United States

On December 19, Deputy Public Affairs Officer Joslyn Mack-Wilson and Cultural Assistant Janan Shaikh Abdulla met with recently returned students from the Embassy’s Student Leaders program.  Student Leader Alumni Adil Bakhsh and Abdulaziz Alsaibiey welcomed the new 2017 class of Student Leaders:  Hayat Hasan, Maram Seroor, Mohamed Al Qassab, Noof Al Murbati, Noor Yusuf, Zahra ...
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The U.S. Embassy participates in the Social Media Masters Forum 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Bahrain was a strategic partner in the fifth Social Media Masters Forum 2017, which was held on December 2-3 under the patronage of Shaikh Hisham bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, Governor of the Capital Governorate.  The forum was organized by the World Social Media Club (SMC) and Social Media Club of Bahrain ...
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American Fulbright Specialist Visits RUW

American Fulbright Specialist Dr. Marika Snider visited the Royal University for Women, November 27 to December 14.  During her visit, Dr. Snider was a guest lecturer in architectural conservation classes and helped the Royal University for Women review its architecture coursework.  Dr. Snider also participated in a conservation project with RUW students, as part of ...
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Ambassador Siberell reopens the American Art Space at the Al-Riwaq Art Gallery

On December 12, American Ambassador Justin Siberell officially reopened the newly remodeled American Space at the Al Riwaq Art Gallery in Adliya.  The Ambassador honored Bayan Kanoo, Al-Riwaq Art Space director and art visionary who is at the forefront of the Bahraini art scene.  Ambassador Siberell spoke of the partnership between the Embassy and the ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.  U.S. Embassy Manama reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. Review your personal ...
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President Trump Meets Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa

On November 30, President Donald Trump welcomed Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa to the White House. During his successful trip to Washington D.C., Crown Prince Hamad also met with Vice President Mike Pence and signed an agreement for Bahrain to purchase U.S. F-16 fighter aircraft.  Crown Prince Salman also met U.S. Secretary of ...
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United States Contributes To The International Businesswomen’s Forum

At the Second International Businesswomen’s Forum and B2B Exhibition, which took place November 13-15, Political Economic Counselor Anne Bennett delivered remarks and introduced a video message by Nina Vaca, Chairman and CEO of the Pinnacle Group and Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship. The Forum, organized by the Bahrain Businesswomen’s Society and themed, “Global Business Trends ...
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U.S. Embassy and Venus Interiors International Close Entrepreneurship Event Series with Gala Dinner

On November 16, the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain, in cooperation with Venus Interiors International, delivered the grand finale event in a series of entrepreneurship salons. The event, entitled “Engineering to Entrepreneurship,” was organized by Venus Interiors International CEO Hoda Sangoor, who is also an alumna of the U.S. Government-sponsored IVLP exchange program.  The final event concluded ...
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U.S. Embassy Organizes Workshops for Students On the Occasion of International Education Week

In recognition of International Education Week, November 13-19, the U.S. Embassy organized a series of sessions for students interested in using social media in enhancing their English language skills and in learning about studying in the United States.  Information session topics included explaining the student visa application process and exploring resources that the education specialist ...
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U.S. Embassy Passport Fair at Naval Support Activity Bahrain

On November 2, the Consular Team from the U.S. Embassy Manama brought passport services to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) .  This was an opportunity for the base community to renew their passports or get a first one easily. The Consular Section offers the following services to American citizens:  it accepts passport applications for first-time applicants and those who want ...
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National Geographic Learning Center Resource Center Opens at University of Bahrain

Congratulations to the H.E. President Professor Riyad Hamzah and the entire University of Bahrain community for establishing the first National Geographic Learning Center Resource Center.  This is first National Geographic Learning Resource Center in the region. The new state of the art facilities brings new English Language resources and technology to the university campus.  The ...
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Education Fair Highlights Quality and Diversity of U.S. Universities

On October 30, 2017, Chargé d’affaires Aimee Cutrona opened the US Educational Group university fair in Bahrain for students interested in studying in the United States. The fair featured representatives from 28 American colleges and over 350 prospective students and parents attended the fair and learned about the university admissions process, scholarship opportunities, and campus ...
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U.S. Universities Representatives visit Bahrain to Recruit Students

On October 30, 2017, Deputy Public Affairs Officer Joslyn Mack-Wilson, Educational Advisor Samar Hasan, and Vice Consul Sarah Grebowski participated in the Gulf EDU Tours university fair in Bahrain for students interested in studying in the United States. The fair featured representatives from nine American colleges and universities including Ohio State University, Michigan State University, ...
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Security Message – Recent IED Detonation and Potential Protest Activities

Recent IED Detonation and Potential Protest Activities November 2, 2017 An IED targeting the Ministry of Interior (MOI) police recently detonated on Sh. Khalifa bin Salman Highway near the “Burgerland Interchange.” Although U.S. citizens were not targeted in this attack, keep in mind that security threats continue in areas and thoroughfares frequented by U.S. citizens. ...
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American Businesswoman Mona Aboelnaga Kanaan Talks Entrepreneurship

  American Businesswoman Mona Aboelnaga Kanaan visited Bahrain as part of Manama Entrepreneurship Week 2017, held under the patronage of H.E. Sh. Hisham Bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa.  Manama Week aims to promote sustainable development and social entrepreneurship and to foster an environment highly conductive to entrepreneurship and innovation, in order to achieve continual development, sustainability ...
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U.S. Embassy Marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month

On October 19, Deputy Chief of Mission Aimee Cutrona hosted Ms. Julie Sprakel at the U.S. Embassy for a presentation on Breast Cancer Awareness for U.S. Embassy staff.  With 16 years of healthcare experience, Ms. Sprakel is the Founder and President of Think Pink, Bahrain’s first registered breast cancer awareness charity.  Since Think Pink’s founding ...
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Ambassador Roebuck Celebrates Opening of WVU’s Civil Engineering Program in Bahrain

On October 18,  Ambassador Roebuck joined Royal University for Women (RUW) Board of Trustees Chairman Mr. Fahad Al Zamil, RUW University President Prof. Mazin Jumaah, West Virginia University (WVU) President Dr. Gordon Gee, and Assistant Secretary General of Evaluation & Accreditation from the Higher Education Council Dr. Mona Mohammed Al Balooshi to celebrate the establishment ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Cutrona Supports Middle East Pre-Moot Training

On October 12, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP),  in collaboration with the Royal University for Women and the Bahrain Center for Dispute Resolution, held a training session on the Willem C. Vis Moot (Vis Moot) program for coaches and students from various universities across the Middle East, North Africa, and ...
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Remarks by President Trump on Iran Strategy

Diplomatic Reception Room 12:53 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. My fellow Americans: As President of the United States, my highest obligation is to ensure the safety and security of the American people. History has shown that the longer we ignore a threat, the more dangerous that threat becomes. For this reason, upon ...
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Ambassador Roebuck Attends AWS Summit Bahrain

On September, Ambassador Roebuck attended the Amazon Web Service (AWS) Summit in Manama, Bahrain.  The summit, headlined by Amazon Web Services Vice President Theresa Carlson, was designed to bring technology aficionados – across the spectrum from beginners to experts – together to learn how to best use AWS platforms.  During the summit, Ms. Carlson announced ...
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Security Message – Ashura religious event

U.S. Embassy Manama Security Message for U.S. Citizens September 28, 2017 Ashura is a major religious event commemorating the martyrdom of Hussein Bin Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed. As part of the Ashura religious observations, large processions will take place throughout Bahrain, and specifically in central Manama, major roads will be closed. The ...
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Scam warning of misuse of the Embassy’s name and logos

WARNING  – The U.S. Embassy has been made aware of an ongoing scam that fraudulently uses the Embassy’s name and logos to target businesses for payments of false contracts.  If your business receives a tender request from a  “Michelle Collins, Embassy of the United States”  or from any of the following email addresses:  usa@embassytenderdep.com  or usa@embassytenders.com  or  info@embassytendersdep.com ...
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Security Message – Sixteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks

U.S. Embassy Manama Security Message for U.S. Citizens September 10, 2017 As we mark the sixteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the United States Embassy reminds all American citizens residing in or travelling to the Kingdom of Bahrain to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their ...
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Ambassador Roebuck Recognizes Social Media Management Project

  The Bahrain Social Media Club, in cooperation with the U.S.-based National Institute of Social Media (NISM), the Embassy of the United States of America in Bahrain, and in strategic partnership with Tamkeen, hosted a three-day program entitled, “Social Media Management Project for the Public and Private Sector” August 15-17.  The project included a series ...
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Missoula Children’s Theater Performs “Sleeping Beauty” in Bahrain

On July 28, Missoula Children’s Theater, in collaboration with the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) and the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain, performed their original play, “Sleeping Beauty,” in front of a packed house at the Cultural Hall on July 28, 2017.  Ambassador William Roebuck attended the opening and thanked the Bahrain Authority for ...
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U.S. Embassy Passport Fair

On Thursday, July 20, a team from the U.S. Embassy Bahrain Consular Section held a passport fair at NSA Bahrain.  The team received and processed over 100 passport applications from U.S. service members and their families during the fair.  The consular team, led by consular officers Eugene Sweeney and Sarah Grebowski, designed the fair to ...
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Apply for a 2 day English Language Teaching Conference in Amman

The Regional English Language Office at the U.S Embassy Manama is seeking candidates for a two-day English Language Teaching Conference in Amman, Jordan. The conference, entitled “English Beyond Borders: Language Teaching in a Global Context” will take place on the 18 and 19 of August 2017. To apply, please fill in the application form here ...
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Children’s Program at the National Library To celebrate US Independence Day

To celebrate Independence Day, English Language Fellow Jesse Conway and Muna D. Abdmohammad, coordinator of the American Corner at the Bahrain National Library, invited the children of Bahrain to take part in a cultural exchange program. Children from ages 4 – 12 participated in coloring activities, learned about the history behind the flags of Bahrain ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Hosts Ladies Ghabga

The U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Aimee Cutrona hosted a Ghabga for ladies to celebrate Ramadan and the friendship between the Bahrain and the United States.  During the ceremony, Ms. Cutrona paid tribute to the vital role that women play in Bahraini society.  Female government officials, academics, journalists, exchange program participants, and NGO representatives ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Ramadan Iftar for Bahraini Youth

On Monday, June 5th, U.S. Ambassador William Roebuck hosted an Iftar for Bahraini youth to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan and the strong friendship between the United States and Bahrain. During the Iftar, Ambassador Roebuck recognized a number of the U.S. Embassy exchange programs participants, and also participants in the Crown Prince Scholarship program who ...
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Security Message – Demonstrations

Episodic demonstrations continue to take place in Bahrain , including possible protests near U.S. facilities. Protest activity may include improvised explosive devices, Molotov cocktails, tire fires, and disrupted traffic. Violent clashes between security forces and protesters can occur without advance warning. The Ministry of Interior maintains official checkpoints in certain areas. Actions to take: · ...
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Security Message – Police Operations in the Budaiya Highway

U.S. Embassy Manama Security Notice May 23, 2017   There are ongoing Ministry of Interior (MOI) – Police Operations in the Budaiya Highway corridor [from the Burgerland Roundabout west to Budaiya Roundabout, ending where the highway intersects with the Janabiyia Highway] and in around the Diraz Village area.   Due to current police action, the Embassy ...
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President Trump’s Speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit

The White House Office of the Press Secretary May 21, 2017 An Arabic translation of President Trump’s 5/21 Speech in Riyadh is available here  (PDF 169 KB). I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit. I am honored to be received by such gracious hosts. I ...
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AVAILABLE MASSIVE OPEN ONLINE COURSES (MOOCs)

The U.S. Embassy in Manama invites the public to participate in STEM Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) through the University of Pennsylvania and Coursera   The U.S. Embassy in Manama is happy to announce the first facilitated MOOC launch of English for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) through the ...
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Ambassador Roebuck Honors the American Women’s Association of Bahrain

The American Women’s Association (AWA) hosted its annual Service Awards Program on May 15 to recognize outstanding members who have volunteered their time, talent, and enthusiasm towards the fulfillment of AWA goals.  Ambassador Roebuck attended the ceremony and presented the “Ambassador Award” to Ms. Naz Hussain in recognition of her outstanding commitment to service.
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U.S. Embassy Participates in the Annual International Embassy Bazaar

The U.S. Embassy participated in the annual International Embassy Bazaar coordinated by the Children and Mother Welfare Society. Deputy Chief of Mission Aimee Cutrona attended to show her support.  Many embassies participated by setting up booths with country related products to sell and donating the funds to the Children and Mother Welfare Society. The U.S. ...
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American Artist Ann Watcher Visits Bahrain

On April 24, Ambassador William Roebuck  hosted a reception and an art exhibit in honor of visiting American artist Ann Watcher.  The exhibit displayed five pieces of artwork from Ann Watcher, along with a collection from the Art in Embassies Program. Since 1963, the U.S. Department of State’s Art in Embassies Program has played a ...
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Ambassador Roebuck Celebrates Second Annual AmCham Bahrain Golf Tournament

On April 14, U.S. Ambassador William Roebuck hosted an awards dinner at his residence following the Second Annual American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Bahrain Golf Tournament, AmCham Bahrain’s largest annual fundraiser.  The dinner included roughly 200 guests, most of whom played in the golf tournament earlier that day.  The dinner was catered by the Four ...
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US Embassy Sponsors Earth Day Beach Cleanup

In partnership with the Bahrain Beachcombers, the U.S. Embassy honored Earth Day, April 22, by cleaning Nurana Island Beach in Northern Bahrain.  Approximately 100 volunteers, among them Ambassador Roebuck, removed plastic and other discarded items from the beach.  The effective teamwork of participants and sponsors, including Coca-Cola and AECOM, resulted in more than a kilometer ...
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Filmmaker T.C. Johnstone Visits Bahrain

In cooperation with the American Film Showcase, the U.S. Embassy hosted a visit by award-winning American documentary filmmaker T.C. Johnstone April 10-13, 2017.  T.C. Johnstone is a multi-award winning documentary film director and producer. He has produced and directed multiple features and short documentaries as well as narrative films including the award winning film “Rising ...
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Ambassador Opens Build Your Brand Roundtable

On April 10, Ambassador William Roebuck delivered opening remarks at a roundtable discussion titled “Building Your Brand – Intellectual Property Considerations in the Digital Age.”  U.S. Patent and Trademark Organization Intellectual Property Attaché for the Middle East and North Africa, Aisha Salem, moderated the roundtable discussion, which was hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce ...
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Statement by President Trump on Syria

     THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans:  On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.  Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children.  It was a slow and brutal death for so many.  Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in ...
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U.S. Ambassador Opens Art Exhibit

  On March 30, U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain William Roebuck opened an art exhibit displaying over 40 paintings by 20 young Bahraini artists.  These artists had participated in workshops presented by visiting American abstract painter Patrick Brennan, in collaboration with Bahraini artist Zakeya Zada.  The aspiring artists learned new techniques of contemporary mixed-media art. Ambassador ...
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EducationUSA Shares Study Opportunities with University of Bahrain Students

EducationUSA participated in the 17th annual University of Bahrain Careers Fair.  The Education USA booth provided over 600 prospective students, professionals, and educators with information about academic programs in the United States, including the application process, financial aid, student visas, and American campus life. The booth also provided information about U.S. Government scholarships and exchange programs. ...
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Bahrain Welcomes Chelsey Green and the Green Project

  In collaboration with the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, the U.S. Embassy welcomed Chelsey Green and the Green Project to Bahrain.  The band took part in BACA’s annual Spring of Culture festival.  On March 17, Chelsey Green and the Green Project delighted the audience at Bahrain’s Culture Hall. Chelsey Green and the Green ...
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Tillerson addresses coalition of 68 nations to defeat ISIS

  By ShareAmerica – Mar 23, 2017   These remarks were made by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the meeting of the  Global Coalition against ISIS , held in Washington on March 22: SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good morning, and thank you all for traveling to Washington, D.C., to participate in this counter-ISIS/Daesh ministerial conference. It is indeed encouraging to see the ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Visit of Acting Assistant Secretary Stuart Jones

Acting Assistant Secretary Stuart Jones visited the Bahrain March 14-15 to support the AmCham MENA Forum, where he delivered the keynote address.  He also met with the Crown Prince and other senior Bahraini officials to discuss our strategic partnership, growing commercial ties through the U.S.-Bahrain FTA – now in its 11th year – and key ...
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West Virginia University and Royal University of Women Celebrate International Women’s Day

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Aimee Cutrona met with students from the Royal University of Women and West Virginia University on Monday, March 6.  The students from West Virginia University were in Bahrain to debate the Royal University of Women students in honor of International Women’s Day. On March 8, International Women’s Day, the West Virginia ...
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Passport Fair NSA Manama

On Friday, March 10, Consular Chief Tod Thedy, along with his U.S. Embassy consular team, set up a booth in the Freedom Souq on board Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain in Juffair to help sailors and marines process any necessary paperwork and answer their questions on consular issues.  This extraordinary consular session, a collaborative effort between ...
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Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States

  SECRETARY TILLERSON: Hello. Good morning and thank you for joining us. The executive order signed by the President earlier today, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, is a vital measure for strengthening our national security. It is the President’s solemn duty to protect the American people. And with this ...
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Filmmaker Griffin Hammond Teaches Aspiring Bahraini Filmmakers

  In cooperation with the American Film Showcase, the U.S. Embassy hosted a visit by award-winning American documentary filmmaker Griffin Hammond February 26-March 2.  During his visit, Hammond gave a number of presentations on documentary filmmaking at schools and universities, including the University of Bahrain and the University College of Bahrain.  He also gave a ...
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Executive Order on Visas

Arabic Translation for the Executive Order is here (PDF 96 KB) On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States which directs us to review current screening procedures, while protecting national security – our top priority when issuing visas.  The Executive Order has ...
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Worldwide Caution – March 3, 2017

Worldwide Caution 1. As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. This replaces the Worldwide ...
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 2017 as Women’s History Month

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION   We are proud of our Nation’s achievements in promoting women’s full participation in all aspects of American life and are resolute in our commitment to supporting women’s continued advancement in America and ...
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Chargé Cutrona Speaks to Leadership Class at Arabian Gulf University

On February 26, Chargé d’Affaires Aimee Cutrona visited the Arabian Gulf University (AGU) to speak with the “Leadership for the 21st Century” class conducted by Dr. Robert M. Mauro, Director of the Global Leadership Institute at Boston College.  Last spring, Boston College signed an agreement with AGU to deliver a PhD in Innovation Management and, ...
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U.S. Universities Recruit Bahraini Students

On February 20, 2017, the International Student Network (ISN) hosted a university fair in Bahrain for students interested in studying in the United States.  The fair featured representatives from over 10 American colleges and universities, including Eastern Kentucky University, Fontbonne University, Illinois State University, University of Central Missouri, Grand Valley State University, University of San ...
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U.S. Ambassador Donates Books and Computer Equipment to Ras Romman Community Center

  On Wednesday February 22, U.S. Ambassador William Roebuck visited Ras Romman Community Center where he donated a collection of books for the center’s library and a 3D printer for the center’s technology programs.  The books included classic American literature – including William Faulkner, Ambassador Roebuck’s favorite author – and books on art and design ...
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Security Notice

January 30, 2017 Spontaneous demonstrations, and at times violent anti-government activity, continue to take place in Bahrain, particularly at night and in restricted areas.  This unrest can be in response to local developments, calls for protests, or regional events.  U.S. citizens should be aware of the following: Episodic protest activity is anticipated to continue to ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Death of a Bahraini Police Officer

  The United States condemns in the strongest terms the killing of Bahraini police officer Lieutenant Hisham Al-Hamadi in Bilad Al Qadeem yesterday.  We extend our deepest condolences to Lieutenant Al-Hamadi’s family and to the people of Bahrain. ‎There can be no justification for this deplorable act of violence.  We urge all concerned to condemn ...
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U.S. Agricultural Attaché Attends Invest in Food Forum

U.S. Department of Agriculture Attaché Alan Hallman participated in the Invest in Food Forum organized by the MENA Centre for Investment on January 24.  Hallman spoke about the importance of implementing standards that ensure food safety while not being overly cumbersome for businesses to implement.  He advocated the adoption of American standards approved by the ...
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Here’s newly sworn-in President Trump’s full speech

President Trump delivered this inaugural address on January 20, 2017. THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of ...
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English for Journalism Massive Open Online Course

The U.S. Embassy in Manama is happy to announce the second facilitated launch of  the English for Journalism Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) through the University of Pennsylvania and Coursera.  Through the MOOC, learners will obtain the English language skills needed for a career in modern journalism. The course explores print, broadcast, social and digital ...
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Bahrain, United States Sign Tax Agreement

On Wednesday, January 18, His Excellency Minister of Finance Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa and U.S. Ambassador William Roebuck signed an agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The agreement defines information with respect ...
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Ambassador Roebuck Attends Ribbon-Cutting for WestPoint Home’s Expansion

Ambassador Roebuck attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for WestPoint Home’s $9 million expanded yarn-spinning plant in Bahrain. This investment marks WestPoint Home’s third expansion in Bahrain over the past five years, and the American home textile company has invested more than $160 million in Bahrain since the U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement entered into force in 2006. ...
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Fulbright Coffee Hour with Alumni

On January 4th, the Educational Specialist Samar Hasan met with Fulbright Alumni at the New York Café in Hamala. During the event, Fulbright Alumni Husain Al Yousif Kamal Mahmood, Mohammed Al Qari, and Nada Al Aradi shared their educational and cultural experience.  Current Fulbrighter Ahmed Mohsen, who was home from studying at the University of ...
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U.S. Embassy Welcomes Home Distinguished IVLP Alumni

On January 4,  U.S. Embassy Manama hosted a small dinner in honor of recently returned 2016 alumni of the International Leadership Visitor Program (IVLP).  Launched in 1940, the IVLP program helps strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world and cultivate lasting relationships by connecting current and emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts through ...
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Student Leader Program Alumna Maryam Marhoon Shares Her Experience

  On December 21, Student Leader Alumna Maryam Marhoon gave a presentation on her experience in the Student Leader Program at the University of Bahrain.   Maryam attended  Portland State University in Oregon, as part of the summer 2016 Student Leader Program. The MEPI Student Leaders Program is a fully-funded six to eight weeks of intensive ...
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Teachers Find Their Singing Voices

  At the final U.S. Embassy Regional English Language Office (RELO) workshop for 2016, the National Library at the ISA Cultural Center experienced the beautiful singing of 75 local teachers.  RELO Assistant, Khadija Alhayki, helped teachers find their voices so they could use them to engage young learners using songs and chants from the American ...
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PC Building Workshop at the Bani Jamra Youth Center

The U.S. Embassy,  in collaboration with the Bani Jamra Youth Center,  held a PC- building workshop for 10 high school students. The three-day workshop introduced students to various computer components and PCmodels.  As part of this workshop, students learned how to build a state-of-the art PC from scratch with the help of professional technicians. The workshop ...
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PC Building Workshop at Ras Ruman Community Center

The U.S. Embassy in Manama organized a second PC -building workshop for Ras Ruman Community Center.  Approximately, 10 youth between the ages of 18 and 45 years attended the three-day workshop.  The workshop introduced students to various computer components and PCmodels.  As part of this workshop, students learned how to build a state-of-the art PC ...
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U.S. Ambassador William Roebuck’s Statement on the Occasion of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s National Day

On behalf of the United States government and the people of the United States of America, I congratulate the government and people of Bahrain as you commemorate the Kingdom’s 45th National Day.  The United States and the Kingdom of Bahrain have long enjoyed a broad-based partnership, which encompasses fields as diverse as economy and education, ...
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Chargé de Affairs Cutrona Attends Events Highlighting the City of Houston

          On December 14, U.S. Embassy Chargé de Affairs Aimee Cutrona was the guest of honor at a reception hosted by the U.S. National Committee to the World Petroleum Council (WPC) at the Radisson Blu Hotel.  The reception was also attended by other guests of honor such as the Mayor of ...
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American Fulbright Specialist Visits Bahrain

From December 5 to December 15, American Fulbright Specialist Dr. Nancy Scannell was hosted by the Royal University for Women (RUW). The Fulbright Specialist Program promotes linkages between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. The program awards grants to U.S. faculty and professionals approved to join the Specialist Roster in ...
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Security Notice

(December 8, 2016) The U.S. Embassy issued a Security Notice to its employees today reminding them of continued security threats throughout the world during the holidays and major events.  Spontaneous demonstrations continue to take place in Bahrain from time to time in response to world events or regional and local developments. The embassy anticipates widespread ...
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American Photographer Rinzi Ruiz Visits Bahrain

From  November 27 to December 1, American Street Photographer Mr. Rinzi Ruiz visited Bahrain as part of “The Nest” arts festival organized by Al Riwaq gallery.  As part of the festival, Mr. Rinzi offered a photography workshop, “Zen Street – A Walking Meditation.”  In this workshops, Mr. Ruiz offered practical techniques for taking photographs and ...
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Ambassador Roebuck Visits Artist Balqees Fakhro

On Wednesday, November 29, U.S. Ambassador William Roebuck visited the art gallery of Bahraini artist Balqees Fakhro.  Ms. Fakhro gave a tour to Ambassador Roebuck, who learned about the history of her abstract art and paintings and the background of her collection.  Ambassador Roebuck was also presented with a painting from Ms. Fakhro.
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Workshop for local English teachers

On November 28th , U.S. Embassy English Language Fellow Jesse Conway led a workshop for local English teachers on ways to increase reading fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary through collaborative practices.  During the workshop, participants discussed why reading is often perceived as difficult and time-intensive and explored classroom-ready communicative approaches that increase students’ reading fluency levels, ...
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First Tech Camp in GCC Region Held in Bahrain

On November 18 and 19, 2016, the U.S. Embassy in Manama, in cooperation with Isa Cultural Center, hosted the first Tech Camp in the GCC region. Program implementer, the Challegenger Team, organized  two days of activities for 60 participants that were eager to develop a tech project to  help their community.  Tech Camp featured international, ...
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Embassy Hosts Global Innovation through Science & Technology Webinar

In conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week, the U.S. Embassy hosted a viewing session for the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) webinar led by the U.S. Department of State.  The webinar, entitled “Failing Forward, Using Setbacks to Drive Success,” included three panelists who spoke about their experiences mentoring entrepreneurs through setbacks in their businesses.  ...
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Honoring Bahraini Young Writers

On November 2nd , Ambassador Roebuck honored five Bahraini Access students who contributed stories and illustrations to the book, “Tales and Stories from the Gulf.”  These students collaborated with other young writers from U.S. Government-sponsored Access English-language programs in Kuwait and Qatar to submit and publish a collection of folktales and creative stories for young ...
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Donation of EducationUSA books and Study Guides to IKNS and Bahrain Bayan School

In celebration of International Education Week (IEW), the U.S. Embassy donated EducationUSA books and study guides to both Ibn Khuldoon National School and Bahrain Bayan School. Deputy Public Affairs Officer Joslyn Mack-Wilson and Educational Specialist Samar Hasan met with Ibn Khuldoon National School’s Head of Media Center Mrs. Taghreed Al Qooty and Counselor Ms. Reem Ahmadi ...
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Al Raja School Tour of Mondelez Cheese and Tang Plant

On November 17, as part of the U.S. Embassy’s celebration of International Education Week, commercial officer Christiaan De Luigi accompanied a group of students from Al Raja school on a tour of the Mondelez International Cheese and Tang Plant in Hidd.  The 10th grade students from the Al Raja School learned about Mondelez International’s history ...
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U.S. Ambassador’s visit to Beit Al-Quran Museum

On November 14, U.S. Ambassador William Roebuck visited the Beit Al-Quran Museum, a multi-purpose complex dedicated to Islamic arts and culture.  Dr. Abdul-Latif Kanoo, Founder and Chairman of Beit Al Quran, gave Ambassador Roebuck a tour of the museum, showing him the museum’s magnificent collection of Quranic manuscripts and Islamic art.  Ambassador Roebuck expressed his ...
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EducationUSA Information Session at BIBF

  In celebration of International Education Week, the U.S. Embassy held an information session for students interested in learning about higher education in the United States and financial aid available for international students at American universities.  The event took place at the Bahrain Institution for Banking and Finance (BIBF).  During the session, students received information on university ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates the 2016 Presidential Election

U.S. Ambassador William Roebuck hosted a reception marking the 2016 U.S. presidential election at the Diplomat Radisson SAS Hotel on Tuesday, November 8th.  Ambassador Roebuck delivered remarks highlighting America’s democratic tradition.  He also noted, “Regardless of who becomes the next president of the United States, the elections will not affect the foundation of the close ...
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English Access Students at the Integrity Learning Center Graduates

On October 26th, thirty young Bahraini students graduated from the English Access Microscholarship Program hosted by the Integrity Learning Center in a ceremony at Elite Grande Hotel in Seef.  U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain, Mr. William V. Roebuck, honored the students who successfully completed a two-year program of rigorous study of English and American culture.  Sponsored ...
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Ambassador Roebuck Highlights the Bahrain-U.S. Free Trade Agreement

On October 31, Ambassador Roebuck participated in a roundtable discussion, organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain (AmCham), regarding the Bahrain-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA).  Ambassador Roebuck provided members of the press corps with statistics and evidence of the benefits of the FTA to the United States and Bahrain, and to highlight some ...
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Regional English Language Officer Conducts Workshop

On October 26, the U.S. Embassy’s Regional English Language Office partnered with the Isa Cultural Center to offer a workshop on “Collaborative Story Writing.”  The regional English language officer, Mr. Scott Chiverton, demonstrated activities from the U.S. Department of State publication, “Create to Communicate,” a teaching resource book that shows teachers how to use art ...
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The Bahrain National Museum Welcomes Chef Emily Luchetti

On October 27, the Bahrain National Museum, Darseen Café, and the U.S. Embassy hosted an open discussion between American Chef Emily Luchetti and Bahraini Chef Bassam Alalawi.   Museum Director Khalifa Ahmed Al-Khalifa and Public Affairs Officer Tom Tanner opened the event, each noting the strong collaboration between the U. S Embassy and the National Museum.  ...
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Chef Emily Luchetti Teaches her Desserts

On October 26, U.S. celebrity pastry chef, Emily Luchetti, put on a public cooking demonstration at the Movenpick Hotel.  During the demonstration, Chef Emily, who was introduced by U.S. Ambassador William Roebuck, prepared one of her famous desserts and distributed samples to the audience. The event took place as part of the activities to mark ...
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U.S. Ambassador visits Coca-Cola Bottling Facility in Bahrain

  On October 24, Ambassador William Roebuck toured the local Coca-Cola manufacturing facility, hosted by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Bahrain.  The visit was part of this year’s Discover America Week activities.  Ambassador Roebuck was accompanied by Mr. H. Delano Roosevelt, Vice President of American Chamber of Commerce, and was briefed on Coca-Cola’s key role ...
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Discover America Week 2016 – City Center Tour

  As part of the activities of the U.S. Embassy’s Discover America Week 2016 in Bahrain, American Ambassador William Roebuck toured a number of U.S. brand outlets at the City Center Mall yesterday.  While meeting the staff at the outlets, Ambassador Roebuck spoke about the highlights of the long history of America’s commercial relationship with ...
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Chef Emily Luchetti hosted by the Bahrain Institute for Hospitality and Retail

Yesterday, visiting American celebrity pastry chef Emily Luchetti was hosted by the Bahrain Institute for Hospitality and Retail, where she conducted a cooking class for undergraduate chef students and gave a talk on how she started her career as a chef.  Over fifty-five students attended the two classes.  Chef Emily Luchetti is currently on a ...
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U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Opens Film to Start “Discover America Week”

U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Aimee Cutrona welcomed guests to the Domain Hotel and Spa’s weekly movie night on Tuesday, October 18.  Attendees were treated to a viewing of the classic American film, “Sabrina,” as part of the U.S. Embassy’s Discover America Week festivities.  During brief remarks, Ms. Cutrona highlighted the role America’s film industry ...
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Ambassador Roebuck Launches “Discover America Week”

U.S. Ambassador William V. Roebuck addressed the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain’s monthly luncheon on October 19. Ambassador Roebuck used the speech to inaugurate the U.S. Embassy’s 2016 Discover America Week programming, highlighting the schedule of events, and urging all attendees to participate in the festivities. In his speech, Ambassador Roebuck said, “This year’s ...
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U.S. and Bahrain Cooperate on Cybersecurity

As part of Cyber Security Awareness Month, the U.S. Embassy in Manama hosted a viewing session for the U.S. Department of State-organized Cyber Security Webinar on October 18. The webinar entitled “How to Create a CERT” was designed to assist America’s foreign partners in developing a Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) for preventing, investigating, and ...
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U.S. Ambassador Honors Bahrain Authority of Culture and Antiquities President Shaikha Mai

On October 18, Ambassador Roebuck hosted a dinner in honor of the President of the Bahrain Authority of Culture and Antiquities, Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, for her dedication to the arts and cultural preservation in Bahrain. Attendees included prominent members of the Bahraini cultural, education, media, and arts community. In his opening remarks, ...
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U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Opens Film to Start “Discover America Week”

  U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Aimee Cutrona welcomed guests to the Domain Hotel and Spa’s weekly movie night on Tuesday, October 18.  Attendees were treated to a viewing of the classic American film, “Sabrina,” as part of the U.S. Embassy’s Discover America Week festivities.  During brief remarks, Ms. Cutrona highlighted the role America’s film ...
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SECURITY MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS

Security Message for U.S. Citizens U.S. Embassy Manama October 10, 2016   SECURITY MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS   The day of Ashura is a major religious commemoration of the martyrdom at Karbala of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). As part of the Ashura religious observations, large processions will take place throughout ...
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Check out Our New Site!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – ...
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A Message from U.S. Ambassador William Roebuck On the Occasion of Eid Al-Adha

I would like to extend my warmest wishes to the people of Bahrain for a happy Eid al-Adha and to congratulate all those performing Hajj. On this most holy of days, millions of Muslims around the world, including from Bahrain and the United States, join in this pilgrimage and offer alms to honor Abraham’s sacrifice.  ...
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Student Leaders Return from the United States

On August 23, Acting Public Affairs Officer Joslyn Mack-Wilson and Cultural Affairs Specialist Janan Shaikh Abdulla met with the 2016 MEPI Student Leaders returnees. The students shared their academic and cultural experience in the United States. The students described the six-week program as an opportunity for them to learn about leadership and prepare to be ...
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Pre-departure Orientation for the 2016 [YES] Program

On August 3,  a representative from the U.S. embassy and AMIDEAST – Kuwait met with a group of Bahraini students, participating in the 2016-2017 Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Program. The YES program is a program of the U.S. Department of State that provides outstanding secondary school students the opportunity to spend one academic ...
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Global Coach Basketball Summer Camp in Bahrain

From July 27-31, Embassy Manama, in coordination with NBA Champion Sam Vincent and in support of Aluminum Bahrain (ALBA), sponsored the Global Coach basketball summer camp in Bahrain.  The camp lasted for 5 days, and it involved more than 70 boys aged between 10-16 at the ALBA Club facility. The activities included basketball drill stations, ...
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PAS Participating in 2016 Bahrain Summer Festival

As part of the annual Bahrain Summer Festival organized by the Bahrain Authority,  the U.S. Embassy in Manama showcased two American movies Balto and The Muppet Show at the Kids Cinema dome in Nakhool Tent.  Deputy Public Affairs Officer Joslyn Mack-Wilson attended the opening of the American movies and presented the children with coloring and ...
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W2W Pre-Departure Orientation

On July 14, Deputy Public Affairs Officer Joslyn Mack-Wilson and Cultural Specialist Janan Shaikh Abdulla met with Bahraini females students participating in the Women2Women International Leadership Program (W2W). W2W is a global leadership conference for young women. The program provides the opportunity to learn, network and acquire the leadership and professional development skills that will ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the East Eker Bombing

The United States condemns in the strongest terms Thursday night’s bombing in East Eker that killed a Bahraini woman and injured her children. We extend our deepest condolences to her family and the people of Bahrain and wish a quick recovery for the injured children. Thursday night’s terrorist attack was reprehensible. We urge all concerned ...
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U.S. Embassy Joins In Girgaoun Fun

On the evenings of June 15th, 19th& 20th, Embassy Manama participated in Girgaoun events with local societies and NGOs in celebration of the Mid-Ramadan tradition.  These Girgaoun events took place in coordination with the Parents Care Society, Alsanabel Orphan Care Society, and Bahrain Mobility International, along with our partners, the Rotoract club, the Turkish Cultural ...
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Student Leader Predeparture Orientation

On June 20, Deputy Public Affairs Officer Joslyn Mack-Wilson and Cultural Specialist Janan Shaikh Abdulla met with six Bahraini students participating in a Student Leaders Exchange program.  The Student Leaders program is a fully-funded, six-week, intensive leadership training program in the U.S. for undergraduate students.  The program will take place in various U.S. host institutions, ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Annual Youth Iftar

U.S. Ambassador William Roebuck and Mrs. Ann Roebuck hosted an Iftar for Bahraini youth to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan and the strong friendship between the United States and Bahrain. During the Iftar, Ambassador Roebuck recognized a number of the U.S. Embassy exchange programs participants, and also participants in the Crown Prince Scholarship program who ...
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Ambassador Roebuck Addresses Budding Entrepreneurs

On May 16, 2016, the Youth Pioneer Society held the closing ceremony of their “The Chance 2016” program, which encourages young entrepreneurs to develop their own unique business ideas, providing training and mentorship by local entrepreneurs and experts on topics such as market studies, business plans, and presentation skills.  The Youth Pioneer Society is a ...
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EducationUSA and U.S. Student Visa Session at Isa Cultural Center

On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, the U.S. Embassy held an information session for students interested in learning about higher education in the United States and U.S. student visas at the Isa Cultural Center.  During the session, students received information on university admissions, financial aid, student visas, and U.S. government exchange programs. For more information on ...
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Fulbright Gathering 2016

On May 3, 2016, eight Bahraini Fulbright students participating in the 2016 Fulbright Graduate Scholarship program met with Fulbright Alumni.  During the meeting, the Fulbright Alumni shared information on the program’s objectives, academic life in the United States, and American culture in general. The eight Bahraini students will study at American Universities throughout the United ...
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EducationUSA participates in the Bahrain Exhibition for Training and Education Pre Employment

EducationUSA opened its booth at the Bahrain Exhibition for Training and Education Pre-Employment on May 2, 2016. Over two days, EducationUSA representatives provided information to thousands of prospective students, parents, professionals, and educators at all academic levels who are interested in pursuing their education in the United States.  EducationUSA representatives also provided information on U.S. ...
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Professor Lott’s Visit to Bahrain

Prof. Bret Lott, award-winning American novelist and Director of the Creative Writing Department at the College of Charleston visited Bahrain from April 24-28.  A guest of the U.S. Embassy in Manama, Prof. Lott conducted writing workshops at Ibn Khaldoon National School, Al-Raja School, the Bahrain Bayan School, the Royal University for Women and the University ...
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Embassy Statement on the Karbabad Attack

The United States condemns in the strongest terms Saturday night’s gasoline bomb attack in Karbabad that killed one police officer and left two others wounded.  We extend our deepest condolences to the family of the slain officer and the people of Bahrain. ‎ We urge all segments of Bahraini society to condemn such violence and to ...
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Embassy Participates in the 16th Annual UoB Careers Fair

The EducationUSA office participated in the 16th annual University of Bahrain Careers Fair.  The booth provided thousands of prospective students, professionals and educators with information about academic programs in the United States, including the application process, financial aid, student visas, and American campus life. The booth also provided information about U.S. Government scholarships and exchange programs.  
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U.S. Speaker Cameron Kashani speaks at the B to B International Businesswomen’s Exhibition and Forum

Post Manama invited U.S. Speaker Ms. Cameron Kashani, Advisor at Bixel Exchange Accelerator, LA Chamber of Commerce and Godmother of Silicon Beach,  to speak at the B to B International Businesswomen’s Exhibition and Forum  The event was organized by the Bahrain Businesswomen’s Society, from March 28-30, 2016.  Ms. Kashani spoke at the Role of Youth and ...
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Nasser Al-Zayani at Ibn Khaldoon National School

On February 28, Nasser Al-Zayani, a Bahraini/American Artist visited Ibn Khaldoon National School to deliver a talk to International Baccalaureate art students. The talk revolved around the process of Nasser’s work and how it is shaped to a final piece of artwork.  Mr. Al-Zayani also discussed his career path as an Artist and how can ...
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Ambassador William Roebuck attends the Jr. NBA Draft 2016

On February 26th, Ambassador William Roebuck attended the first Draft Event for the new Jr. NBA Basketball league at Zain Basketball Arena.  Ambassador Roebuck stressed the Embassy’s support for the program and the benefits to young Bahranis of developing mental and physical wellness through playing basketball. The Jr. NBA Basketball League is the first collaboration ...
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Entrepreneurship Salons: “Challenges of Youth Entrepreneurs”

On Wednesday, February 24th, IVLP Alumna Hoda Sangoor, CEO of Venus International, held the first of a series of seminars on entrepreneurship.  This seminar focused on the challenges that young entrepreneurs face in Bahrain.  Academics, MPs, and business leaders attended the discussion.  The session was led by three speakers:  Dr. Ghassan Aouda, President of the ...
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Embassy-Sponsored Artistic Workshop

Embassy Manama sponsored an exhibition and workshop by artist Sinan Hussien at Al-Riwaq Art Space.  Hussien took part in a one-month long project that in Adliya, a vibrant location for artists and art lovers alike.  Hussein also opened a solo exhibition titled “Hîjj” that included 27 paintings and was attended by members of the Bahraini ...
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National Geographic Bee Championship

On January 13, U.S. Embassy Economic and Commercial Officer, Christiaan De Luigi opened the National Geographic Bee Championship held at the Bahrain School.  All students in fourth through eighth grade student were eligible to participate.  After completing their in-class qualifying test, 10 finalists and 5 alternates moved on to the championship competition level to compete ...
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DPAO Speaks at AIESEC Event

On January 17, Deputy Public Affairs Office (DPAO) Joslyn Mack-Wilson spoke at AIESEC open launch program event.  The event was an opportunity for AIESEC Bahrain to introduce its 2016 programs and activities to its various stakeholders.  DPAO Mack-Wilson highlighted the U.S. Embassy’s partnership with AIESEC since the beginning of the organization 10 year ago.  DPAO ...
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Demonstration Notice

This security message advises U.S. citizens of possible protests in the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy on Friday, January 15. The Embassy is therefore advising its staff to avoid the Embassy on January 15. U.S. citizens are reminded of the continued security threats throughout the world. Please exercise caution, remain attentive when in public places, ...
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U.S. Embassy Condolences on the Loss of Bahraini Soldiers

The U.S. Embassy in Bahrain would like to send its deepest condolences to the families of the three Bahraini soldiers who lost their lives this week in the service of their country in the Yemen conflict. The three men, Captain Ahmed Mohammed Ameen, Captain Mubarak Saad Al-Rumaihi and First Sergeant Hassan Ali Eskandar Majid, served their country ...
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Ambassador Hosts a Coffee for the Recipients of CPISP

“On December 10, Ambassador Roebuck hosted a coffee at his residence for the recipients of the Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program (CPISP) 2015 scholarships studying in the United States of America.  Ambassador Roebuck welcomed the scholars and their parents, praising their academic excellence and wished them continued success.  He also praised HRH Crown Prince Salman ...
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U.S. Ambassador William Roebuck’s Statement on the Occasion of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s National Day

On behalf of President Obama, the U.S. Embassy, and the people of the United States of America, I congratulate the people and government of Bahrain as you commemorate the Kingdom’s 44th National Day.  This important occasion is an opportunity to recognize the history and achievements of the Bahraini people, as well as the common interests ...
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Award-Winning American Performer Works with Young Bahraini Musicians

In collaboration with the U.S. Embassy, Malja Art Space hosted a workshop featuring the American band, the Gina Chavez Trio, entitled, “Writing the Universal Language of Music.” The workshop was an introduction into the art of songwriting in two sections:  rhythm/movement and melody/rhyme.  Members of Malja youth group and young musicians attended the workshop and ...
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American Artist Displays Her Work at Nadine Gallery 4th Annual Exhibition for Bahraini Female Artists “Boxes”

In collaboration with the Capital Governorate and the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain, Nadine Gallery organized the 4th annual art exhibit for Bahraini female artists entitled “Boxes” on Tuesday, November 24th at the Isa Cultural Center.  The opening of the art exhibit was attended by Us Ambassador William Roebuck and H.E. Capital Governor Shaikh Hisahm Bin Abdul Rahman ...
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Ambassador Roebuck Kicks Off America Week at Lulu Hypermarket

On Thursday evening, November 19, U.S. Ambassador William Roebuck officially kicked off America Week at the Lulu Hypermarket in Hid.  Ambassador Roebuck thanked the President of Lulu Bahrain, Mr. Juzer Rupawala, for organizing “this wonderful celebration of American culture, commerce, and cuisine,” and he pointed out that many of the products stocked by Lulu are ...
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Ambassador Roebuck Addresses the Graduating Class of George Washington University’s Engineering Management Program

On Saturday, November 21, Ambassador Roebuck addressed the graduating class of George Washington University’s Masters in Engineering Management program, a joint degree program that is hosted by Ahlia University in Bahrain.  Speaking alongside Ahlia University founder Dr. Abdullah Al Hawaj,  George Washington University’s Chairman of the Engineering and Management Department Thomas Mazzuchi, and George Washington’s ...
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Dr. William Baker Promotes Entrepreneurship in Arts

Dr. William Baker, seven-time Emmy award-winning broadcaster and Director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Center for Media, Public Policy & Education at Fordham University visited Bahrain November 8-13 to speak on entrepreneurship in the arts.  Dr. Baker, who also teaches the only business course at the Julliard School in New York, gave a series of ...
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U.S. Ambassador Visits Al-Raja School

As part of the U.S. Embassy activities to mark the International Education Week, U.S. Ambassador William Roebuck visited Al-Raja School. He was welcomed by school Principal Joshua Perkins and Chairman of the Board Basem Al- Saie.  During the visit, Ambassador Roebuck visited the high school biology lab where he observed students as they work in ...
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Special Representative Meets Bahraini Business Leaders

The Scott Nathan, the U.S. State Department’s Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs, visited Bahrain on November 11.  On the eve of the Tenth Anniversary of the Bahrain-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA), Mr. Nathan visited two companies that have taken advantage of the FTA through selling and producing products in the American market – ...
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Women’s English and Entrepreneurship Program

On the occasion of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015, ILC Training and the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain announce the launch of a new Women’s English and Entrepreneurship program this week.  This nine-month program will provide 16 Bahraini women with the skills and knowledge to become competitive players in local and global markets.  The courses will include English ...
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Discover America Week

The U.S. Embassy in Bahrain, along with its many commercial partners, celebrated “Discover America Week” October 17-24, 2015.  During the week, U.S.-affiliated companies highlighted the diversity of America’s commercial presence through promotions, discounts and events celebrating American food, leisure, shopping, sports, tourism and more.  Events included the Ritz-Carlton’s annual Aquathlon race, where Ambassador Roebuck, along ...
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USEG Hosts a University Fair in Bahrain

The U.S. Educational Group (USEG) hosted a university fair in Bahrain for students interested in studying in the United States. The fair featured representatives from over 40 American colleges and universities.  Over 400 people attended the fair and learned about the university admissions process, scholarship and fellowship opportunities, and campus life. Ambassador William V. Roebuck and ...
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Bahraini Access Students Ready for Success

On October 7th, Sixty-two young Bahraini students graduated from the English Access Microscholarship Program hosted by the American Cultural and Educational Center in a ceremony at the Bahrain Society of Engineers Hall in Juffair.  U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain, Mr. William V. Roebuck, honored the students who successfully completed a two-year program of rigorous study of ...
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Dr. Cavanaugh Speaks at the “Towards Digital Empowerment in Education” Conference

The U.S. Embassy in Manama in collaboration with the Ministry of Education invited Dr. Terence Cavanaugh, associate professor in department of Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Instructional Technology at the University of North Florida to share his expertise with students and educators in Bahrain.  Dr. Cavanaugh participated in the “Towards Digital Empowerment in Education” conference from ...
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Blinken Meets with U.S. Exchange Program Alumni

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken met with a group of Bahrainis who have participated in U.S. Government-sponsored exchange programs at Al-Riwaq Art Space. Deputy Secretary Blinken expressed his appreciation for their participation, lauding the exchange programs as an important tool in strengthening US-Bahrain relations for current and future generations.    
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English Access Students Learn about an American City

On September 5th, American diplomat Caryl Tuma visited the American Cultural and Educational Center for a presentation to English Access Program students about her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  During her visit, Ms. Tuma talked about topics such as Pittsburgh’s history as an industrial center, the city’s famed sports teams, local foods and products including world-famous ...
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Student Leaders Return from U.S Exchange Program

On September 13th, Public Affairs Officer Tom Tanner hosted a lunch for 8 young Bahrainis who went on a U.S.-Government exchange program for student leaders. The students shared their experiences in the United States and spoke about how much they learned about the U.S. culture and society, as well as engaging with their American peers ...
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American Soccer Coach Sari Rose Conducts Clinics and Workshops with Bahraini Youth

U.S. Ambassador William Roebuck attended a soccer clinic conducted by the Director of Coaching for the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association, Sari Rose, at the Venus Sports Club.  Over 15 young female soccer players attended the clinic to learn new soccer techniques and to develop their skills.  Noting the enthusiasm for the program, Ambassador Roebuck ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Karranah Bombing

The United States condemns in the strongest terms Friday night’s bombing in Karranah that killed a police officer and left several others wounded, including innocent civilians.  We extend our deepest condolences to the family of the slain officer and the people of Bahrain.  Our hearts go out to those who find themselves in mourning as ...
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Worldwide Caution

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a high ...
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YES Student Ready To Go On Their Exchange Program

On August 16th, Chargé d’affairs TimPounds and Public Affairs Officer Tom Tanner congratulated 15 students on being selected to participate in the Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program. The YES program is a fully-funded program that offers secondary school students the opportunity to spend one academic year in the United States. Recipients will live with host ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement

The United States strongly condemns today’s bomb attack on a police vehicle in Sitra that killed at least two police officers and injured several others. We extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of the slain officers. Our hearts go out to those who will find themselves in mourning as a result ...
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English Language Teachers Summer Camp

English Language Specialist Mindy Visser conducted a two-week intensive teacher training program for English Language teachers at the Ministry of Education in Bahrain.  Throughout the program, participants explored techniques for vocabulary development, building strong readers, and developing reading materials for the classroom.  Ms. Visser focused on the value of extensive reading for developing reading fluency ...
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English Classes for Library Staff

On June 30th, twenty-five members of the library services and management staff at the Isa Cultural Center and National Library took part in a ceremony marking their participation in a course taught by English Language Fellow, Daniel Hatfield.  U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain, William V. Roebuck, honored the participants, who successfully completed the two-month program focusing on ...
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Student Leader Exchange Program

On June 15th, Ambassador William V. Roebuck and Public Affairs Officer Brad Niemann met with 8 Bahraini students participating in a Student Leaders Exchange program.  The program will take place in various U.S. host institutions, from June 29 to August 7, 2015. During the pre-departure orientation, the students were encouraged to be proactive in the ...
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Teachers Teach Other Teachers Using Embassy Materials

On May 19th, Mrs. Khadija Alhayki from the Regional English Language Office led a workshop for local English teachers on using interactive language-development activities in the classroom.  The workshop was organized by the U.S. Embassy in partnership with the American Corner at the Isa Cultural Center.  During the session, Mrs. Alhayki and teachers from the audience demonstrated ...
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Ambassador Visits Fashion Factory

U.S. Ambassador William Roebuck recently visited the MRS Fashions facility in Riffa to highlight Bahraini companies that benefit from the U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in Bahrain.  The Ambassador toured the factory and participated in a discussion about clothing manufacturing in Bahrain under the FTA. His visit to the factory underscored the strength of the ...
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Teachers Use Literature to Teach English to Young Adults

On May 12th, a local English-language teacher presented a workshop on using literature for young adults in the English as a Foreign Language classroom.  The workshop was organized by the U.S. Embassy in partnership with the American Corner at the Isa Cultural Center.  The presenter explored themes and activities offered in a publication of the ...
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FLTA Alumni Tell Their Stories

On May 6th, three Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) alumni led a panel discussion on the FLTA Program for a group of interested applicants.  The FLTA Program is an exchange program which sends local teachers to the United States to teach Arabic and enroll in college-level courses.  The panel discussed the application process and challenges, ...
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Access Students Practice Creative Writing

On May 4th  and 5th, Mrs. Khadija Alhayki from the Regional English Language Office led writing workshops for groups of students from English Access Programs in Bahrain. The classes were designed to enhance and encourage creative writing among the students, and Mrs. Alhayki used several interactive activities that were very productive and fun to do. Over thirty ...
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Ambassador’s Honors Bahraini Women

On the evening of May 4, 2015, Ambassador William V. Roebuck along with Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy Timothy Pounds hosted a ceremony to celebrate the successful completion of a creative writing workshop for Bahraini women conducted by the University of Iowa’s International Writers Program. The event was attended by the students ...
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Basketball Clinic for Students

The US Embassy sponsored a two-day basketball clinic for Bahrain School students on April 14 & 15, 2015.  Former National Basketball Association (NBA) Champion and current Manama Club Coach Sam Vincent and former Women’s National Basketball Association WNBA Champion Kedra Holland-Corn conducted the clinic, which was attended by over sixty students aged 11-14 years.  The ...
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Students Visit the Embassy

On Monday, March 23, the U.S. Embassy hosted a group of 20 students from the Royal University for Women and West Virginia University.  The WVU students visit Bahrain each year as part of the strategic partnership between the Royal University for Women and West Virginia University. Public Affairs Officer Brad Niemann met with the group ...
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English Language Specialist Focuses on Reading, Technology, and the Internet

English Language Specialist, Dr. Thomas Robb, conducted a series of workshops that targeted English Language teachers, teacher trainees, and students. During the workshops, participants explored techniques for maximizing the use of technology in TESOL, using the Internet to supplement learning outside of the classroom, and the value of Extensive Reading to facilitate greater contact with ...
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English Language Specialist Conducts a Series of Workshops

English Language Specialist, Dr Donna Brinton, conducted a series of workshops that targeted English Language teachers, teacher trainees, and students. During the workshops, participants explored techniques for maximizing the use of English in class, motivating learners, encouraging participation in speaking activities and bringing text books alive.  Dr. Brinton focused on simple and practical activities that ...
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International Student Network (ISN) Visit to Bahrain

On March 7, 2015, the International Student Network (ISN) visited Bahrain to meet with students interested in studying in the United States. The fair featured representatives from 14 American colleges and universities who met with students interested in studying in the U.S. Over 500 people attended the fair and learned about the university admissions process, ...
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Ambassador Hosts a Reception for Educators and Students

U.S. Ambassador William V. Roebuck hosted educators and students from the United States and Bahrain for a reception at the Ambassador’s residence on March 1, 2015.  The Ambassador, who himself taught English earlier in his career before becoming a U.S. diplomat, began the event with remarks on the importance of learning foreign languages and praised ...
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U.S. Department of Commerce General Counsel Visits Bahrain

On Feb. 22, U.S. Department of Commerce General Counsel Kelly R. Welsh visited Bahrain for various meetings focused on entrepreneurship.  In a roundtable discussion hosted at the Capital Club, Bahraini business leaders shared with General Counsel Welsh their experiences as entrepreneurs, the support their and other Bahraini organizations provide to foster entrepreneurship in Bahrain, and ...
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Bahraini Youth Science and Technology Expo

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Benson, Naval Support Activity Bahrain Public Affairs More than 25 students from the Creativity Private School in Bahrain attended the first Bahraini Youth Science and Technology (BYSAT) Expo on board Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain Feb. 17. The expo displayed different types of commercial technology utilized by the ...
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Smartphone Photography Exhibition

The U.S. Embassy’s Smartphone Photography Exhibition “Bahrain in the eye of the beholder,” held on February 5th, 2015, was one of the first exhibitions to feature the use of Smartphones as a medium of work. The exhibition provided an opportunity for Bahrainis from across the country to showcase 23 photos of their work and to ...
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Registration Open for 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit

Summit Offers Global Investors Information on How to Grow Their Businesses in the United States Registration is now open for the 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit, to be held March 23-24, in the Washington, D.C. area.  The Summit will showcase investment opportunities from every corner of the United States to investors from around the world, while high-profile ...
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Music Program for Bahraini Girls

On Saturday, January 10th, the US Embassy and Inspire Music Academy kicked off a music program for Bahraini girls.  Building off of the success of the Embassy’ annual “Music Camp for Girls,” this weekly program will provide free lessons and practice space to female musicians looking to start a band.  The program works to match ...
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Documentary Film Screening and Workshop

In coordination with the American Institute of Architects, the U.S. Embassy in Manama supported a film screening and documentary film making workshop with the “Mawane” independent art project.  Chad and Jaime Fredrichs, two American documentary filmmakers, visited Bahrain to show their film “The Pruitt Igoe Myth” and lead workshops with local filmmakers. The film attempts ...
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