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Famous people from Bahrain

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Frank Turner

Alternative rock Artist

Frank Turner is an English folk/punk singer-songwriter from Meonstoke, Hampshire. Initially the vocalist of post-hardcore band Million Dead, Turner embarked upon a primarily acoustic-based solo career following the band's split in 2005. Both in the studio and during live performances, Turner is accompanied by his backing band, The Sleeping Souls, which consists of Ben Lloyd, Tarrant Anderson, Matt Nasir and Nigel Powell. To date, Turner has released five solo albums, two rarities compilation albums, One split album and five EPs. Turner's fifth studio album, Tape Deck Heart was released on 22 April 2013.

Mamta Mohandas


Mamta Mohandas is an Indian film actress and playback singer. She has mainly acted in Malayalam films, besides few Telugu and Tamil productions and one Kannada film. She has won two Filmfare Awards, for Best Female Playback Singer in Telugu in 2006 and for Best Actress in Malalayam in 2010.

Zainab Al Askari


Zainab Al-Askari is a Bahraini actress, spokesmodel and model popular in the Persian Gulf. She has starred in and produced several shows for television shows in the Gulf. Although a Bahraini national who has acted in several Bahraini productions, she has appeared as one of the main characters in several Kuwaiti and Saudi Arabian TV shows as well,she is also a Spokesmodel for Parachute in the Persian Gulf.

Nabeel Rajab

Organization founder

Nabeel Ahmed Abdulrasool Rajab is a Bahraini human rights activist and opposition leader. He is president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights. He is also a prominent international human rights activist. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch's Middle East Division, Deputy Secretary General for the International Federation for Human Rights, former chairman of CARAM Asia, member of the Advisory Board of the Bahrain Rehabilitation and Anti-Violence Organization, and president of Gulf Center for Human Rights. Rajab started his human rights activity during the 1990s uprising before going on to become involved in campaigning on behalf of migrant workers in GCC countries. He subsequently became a leading campaigner against civil and human rights abuses in Bahrain including torture and deaths in official custody. He is known for his pioneering use of social networking as an important element in human rights campaigning which has brought him into conflict with the authorities. Front Line Defenders, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders have described him as being targeted by Bahraini authorities for his human rights activities.

Hala El Turk


Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa


Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Crown Prince of Bahrain is the heir apparent and First Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain. He is also the deputy Supreme Commander of the Bahrain Defense Force.

Hussain Ali Baba


Hussain Ali Baba Mohamed is a Bahraini footballer currently playing for Kuwait SC in Kuwaiti Premier League and the Bahrain national football team. His national team number is #17.

Shaila Sabt


Shaila Sabt is an Bahraini beauty pageant titleholder and actress who was crowned Bahrain Top Model 2010. She will be represent Bahrain in the Miss Universe 2013 pageant.

Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa


Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has been the Prime Minister of Bahrain from 1970, taking office nearly two years before Bahrain's independence on 16 December 1971. He is the longest-serving current prime minister in the world. He still retains his post, although under the 2002 Constitution he has lost some of his power on paper, with the King having the authority to appoint and dismiss ministers. He is the uncle of the reigning King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

Meriam Al Khalifa

Noble person

Meriam Al Khalifa is a distant member of the Bahraini royal House of Al-Khalifa. She is known for eloping with a US Marine to the United States, and claiming that she feared honor violence by her family in retaliation. Her story was featured heavily in the American press, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, and was turned into a television movie.

Amr ibn Kulthum


Amr ibn Kulthum Ibn Malik Ibn A`tab Abu Al-Aswad al-Taghlibi, a knight and the leader of the Taghlib tribe which was in Al-Forat island and was famous for its glory, bravery and merciless behavior in battle. Arabs in the past would say in remembrance of the Taghlib "People were about to be eradicated by the Taghlabs, except for the appearance of Islam".

Hamad Al Fardan


Hamad Al Fardan is a Bahraini racing driver. He is the first Bahraini to drive at GP2 Series level.

Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa

Noble person

Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa is the Queen consort of Bahrain as the first wife of the present King of Bahrain, Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa, and the mother of the Crown Prince, Salman ibn Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa.

Kitty Aldridge


Kitty Aldridge is a British actress and writer.

Carrie Gracie


Carrie Gracie is a Scottish journalist and newsreader for BBC News.

Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa

Noble person

Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa is a member of the Bahraini royal family and the commander of Bahrain's Royal Guard and president of the Bahrain Olympic Committee.

Abdul Amir al-Jamri


Sheikh Abdul Amir al-Jamri was one of the most prominent Shia clerics and opposition leaders in Bahrain. He was also a writer and a poet. Born in the village of Bani Jamra, al-Jamri became a Hussaini khatib after finishing primary school. At the age of 21, he began his Islamic studies, first in Bahrain and later in the religious institute of Al Najaf, Iraq, where he remained for 11 years. He returned to Bahrain in 1973 and was elected to the newly formed parliament. The parliament was dissolved two years later by the Emir, Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa, after it had rejected the State Security Law. In 1977, al-Jamri was appointed as a judge at the High Religious Court of Bahrain. He held the position until 1988, when he was briefly arrested due to his criticism of the government. Al-Jamri is most notable for his role during the 1990s uprising in Bahrain. The leader of the opposition, he succeeded in bringing Islamists, liberals and leftists together against the monarchy. The events began in the form of petitions in 1992 and 1994 calling for restoration of the parliament and reinstatement of the suspended constitution, but led to widespread violence and the death of 40 individuals. Due to his civil rights activity, al-Jamri was imprisoned between April and September 1995, before being arrested again in January 1996 and imprisoned until July 1999, which was followed by a year and a half of house arrest.

Abdulhadi al-Khawaja


Abdulhadi Abdulla Hubail al-Khawaja is one of the most prominent Bahraini-Danish human rights activists. He is currently in prison in Bahrain following the repression on pro-democracy protests in the Bahraini uprising. He is former president and co-founder of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, a nonprofit non-governmental organisation which works to promote human rights in Bahrain. He has held a number of positions and played various roles in regional and international human rights organizations. On 9 April 2011, al-Khawaja was arrested and tried as part of a campaign of repression by the Bahraini authorities following pro-democracy protests in the Bahraini uprising. Front Line Defenders expressed fear for his life following allegations of torture and sexual assault in detention. Al-Khawaja was sentenced on 22 June 2011, along with eight other activists, to life imprisonment. On 8 February 2012, he started an open-ended hunger strike until "freedom or death", protesting continuing detentions in Bahrain. The strike lasted for 110 days, and resulted in his being force-fed by authorities. Until February 2011, al-Khawaja was the Middle East and North Africa Protection Coordinator with Front Line Defenders – the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders. He is also a member of the International Advisory Network in the Business and Human Rights Resource Center chaired by Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Hussain Najadi


Hussain Najadi was an international banker born in Bahrain from parents of Persian origin. He was the Chairman & CEO ofAIAK Groupbased in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Ali Salman


Ali Salman Ahmed Salman is the Secretary-General of the Al-Wefaq political society in Bahrain. He is a Twelver Shi'a cleric educated in Qom. In January 1995 the Bahraini government forcibly exiled him to Dubai for leading a popular campaign demanding the reinstatement of the constitution and the restoration of parliament during the 1990s Uprising. From there he made his way to London and sought asylum. He continued opposition activities from London, where he was associated with the Bahrain Freedom Movement. Salman returned to Bahrain in March 2001 in a general amnesty as part of a set of political reforms announced by King Hamad. Within Al Wefaq he is considered the 'moderate' public face of the organization, and has opposed the more confrontational approach with the authorities of other leaders.

Ismail Abdul-Latif


Ismail Abdul-Latif is a Bahraini football striker and currently plays for Al Ahli SC. Abdul-Latif also plays for the Bahrain national football team, and appeared for the team in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup and 2011 AFC Asian Cup finals. He is famous for scoring a dramatic injury time goal in the match against Saudi Arabia on 9 September 2009 that sent Bahrain into the 2010 World Cup Qualification final play-off round against New Zealand.

Fatima Abdul raheem


Fatima Abdul raheem 1975 is a Bahraini actress began her through youth theater in 1989 and is still going on in the Representation field where she made serials, plays and several movies.

Isa Qassim


Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Ahmed Qassim is Bahrain's leading Shia cleric and a politician. He is the spiritual leader of Al Wefaq, Bahrain's biggest opposition society. He was the leader and is the founders of Islamic Enlightenment institution.

Mohamed Husain

Soccer Defender

Mohamed Husain Bahzad is a Bahraini football defender.

Abdurahman Khadr


Abdurahman Khadr is a Canadian citizen who was held as an enemy combatant in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba, after being detained in 2002 in Afghanistan under suspicion of connections to Al-Qaeda. He later claimed to have been an informant for the CIA, which the agency declined to comment on when asked for confirmation by the United States' PBS news program Frontline. He is the third child and second son of Ahmed Khadr, a prominent Canadian who was noted for his charity work in Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as for alleged ties to terrorists and al-Qaeda. His younger brother Omar Khadr was captured by United States forces separately at the age of 15 in Afghanistan in 2002 during a firefight; he was also held in Guantanamo.

Khaled El Sheikh


Khaled El Sheikh, or Khalid Al-Shaikh, born in Bahrain on 23 September 1958 is a Bahraini singer. Married with 5 daughters. Honored in 12th Bahrain International Musical Festival on 14 October 2003. Honored by Culture & Arts Directorate, Ministry of Information for best music and sound effects for Akhbar AlMajnoon play on 6 July 2005.

Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa


Khalid bin Ahmad Al Khalifa is the Foreign Minister of Bahrain. A graduate of the St. Edward's University, Sheikh Khalid is only the second foreign minister in Bahrain's history.

Ayat al-Ghermezi


Ayat Hassan Mohammed Al-Qurmezi is a poet and student at the University of Bahrain Teaching Institute in Bahrain. Al-Qurmezi became famous in Bahrain and internationally after reading out a poem criticising Bahraini government policies to the Pearl Roundabout gathering of pro-democracy protesters. After the poem was widely circulated via social media she and her family were subjected to harassment and death threats. She was arrested and detained in conditions of secrecy, and rumours of her death in custody led to protests by Iranian activists. She was subjected to torture while in custody but was eventually tried on charges of inciting hatred of the Bahraini regime and insulting members of the royal family. International human rights organisations described her detention and trial as illustrating the brutality of the Bahraini authorities. She was sentenced to a term of imprisonment, which she was allowed to serve under house arrest.

Sayed Mohammed Jaffer


Sayed Mohammed Jaffer is a Bahraini footballer currently playing with Muharraq of Bahrain and the Bahrain national football team.

Husain Ali

Football player

Husain Ali Ahmed is a Bahraini football player known as Husain Pele. Currently playing for Muharraq Club of Bahrain and the Bahrain national football team, he was top goalscorer in the Bahraini premier league in 1998 & 2003.

Ali Abdulhadi Mushaima


Ali Abdulhadi Saleh Jafar Mushaima was a 21-year-old Bahraini who on Monday 14 February 2011, the so-called "Bahraini Day of Rage", became the first fatality of the Bahraini Uprising. He died on his way to hospital from injuries he received when he was hit in the back by birdshot pellets fired from close range by security forces. during the Bahraini uprising. According to Nabeel Rajab, head of Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, Mushaima was participating in a protest in Al Daih, in Manama's outskirt, when he was shot. In a rare televised speech the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, announced that the deaths of Ali Abdulhadi Mushaima and Fadhel Al-Matrook would be investigated. Bahrain's Interior Minister said that legal steps would be taken if the use of the weapon had been unwarranted. Details of the investigation were disclosed in the report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, established by King Hamad to look into events in the Bahraini uprising. The investigation failed to identify any culprits in the killing of Mushaima. The Commission concluded that Mushaima's death resulted from the "use of excessive force by police officers," and "that there was no justification for the use of lethal force."

Mahdi Al Tajir


Mahdi Al Tajir is an Emirati businessman based in the United Kingdom. Al Tajir spends much of his time at his London home or at Keir House, his 18,000-acre Perthshire estate. He has interests in finance and property, and owns the Highland Spring bottled water company. Al Tajir was named Scotland's richest man with a wealth of £1.5 billion in the Sunday Times Rich List 2010.

Mohamed Salmeen

Soccer Midfielder

Mohamed Ahmed Youssef Salmeen is a Bahraini footballer currently playing for Muharraq Club and the Bahrain national football team. He is the captain of the Bahrain National team. He wears the famous number 10 jersey for his club and country. Mohamed Salmeen is the son of legendary Bahraini footballing hero Ahmed Salmeen. Salmeen has participated in three world cup qualifying campaigns to date, and is currently one of the most experienced players in the Bahrain squad. He played in Qatar from 2004 to 2007 with Al-Arabi.

Mansoor al-Jamri


Mansoor al-Jamri is a Bahraini columnist, author, human rights activist and former opposition leader. He is the editor-in-chief of Al-Wasat, an Arabic language independent daily newspaper. He is also the second son of the Shia spiritual leader Sheikh Abdul-Amir al-Jamri, who died in 2006. Few months after he was born in the village of Bani Jamra, al-Jamri moved with his family to Iraq where his father continued his religious studies. To his delight, al-Jamri returned to Bahrain in 1973 and five years later graduated from high school. In 1979 he moved to the United Kingdom to continue his higher education. Between 1987 and 2001, al-Jamri lived in self-imposed exile in UK where he became the spokesman of the opposition group, Bahrain Freedom Movement. Following a series of reforms of which he was initially skeptical of, al-Jamri returned to Bahrain in December 2001. He co-founded Al-Wasat in September 2002 and became its editor-in-chief since then. The newspaper, said to be the only one offering independent and non-sectarian coverage in Bahrain was a success, becoming the country's most popular and profitable. Al-Jamri writes daily columns described to be moderate and non-sectarian.

Ayad Al Adhamy

Synthesizer Player

Ayad Al Adhamy is an American multi-instrumentalist, producer and record label owner based in Brooklyn New York. He is the former synthesizer, sample, and percussion player of Passion Pit, and shared remix duties with Nate Donmoyer and Ian Hultquist. He currently fronts the Brooklyn garage rock outfit Team Spirit, signed to Vice Records/Warner Bros. Records. They released their Self Titled Debut EP on April 4, 2013, and it was received positively. Coupled with the EP, is an ongoing extreme-animated series of music videos, created by Swedish Animation Duo HannesJohannes about "...the idea of Damnation and Salvation." In 2010, Ayad Al Adhamy, started Black Bell Records, an independent record label that released the debut EP of The Joy Formidable and singles by Dom, Girlfriends, Pretty & Nice and Reptar. Full Length releases include Secret Music, Stepdad and Guards. Ayad Al Adhamy is an alumnus of the Berklee College of Music. He is an official endorsed artist of Moog, Dave Smith and Korg instruments.

Abdullah bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

Noble person

Abdullah bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa is the second son of the present King of Bahrain, Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifah and his first wife, Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa. Like all members of the royal family, Abdullah sits as a senior member of the civil judiciary. Furthermore Abdullah has a personal love of music, and has fitted his palace in the Kingdom with a recording studio. He also has homes in Kensington, London and has a cottage in Devon, England. Musically he enjoys Led Zeppelin and Bob Marley, owns a vintage Gibson electric guitar, and rides a Harley Davidson.

Hasan Mushaima


Hasan Mushaima is an opposition leader in Bahrain and the secretary-general of the Haq Movement, an important opposition party in Bahrain. He is campaigning for more democratic rights in Bahrain. Before forming Haq, he was a founding member of Al Wefaq and a leading figure in the 1994 uprising in Bahrain. The Bahraini government has placed Mushaima under arrest several times, twice arresting him during the 1994 uprising. He was later jailed from March 1995 to September 1995 and again from January 1996 till February 2001. Mushaima was re-arrested in February 2007 and jailed for one day, and then was arrested and imprisoned again from January 2009 to April 2009. In 2010 Mushaima traveled to Great Britain to be treated for lung cancer. Mushaima announced plans to return to Bahrain during the protests in February 2011, but authorities detained him in Lebanon while en route, possibly at the request of the Bahraini government. Mushaima finally did return to Bahrain on Saturday, February 26, 2011. On that day, he was described by the Associated Press as being "welcomed like a rock star," by protestors in Pearl Square. On 7th March, 2011, Mushaima alongside with Abdulwahab Hussain, the leader of Wafa movement and Saeed Alshehabi the leader of the Bahrain Freedom Movement, formed the " Alliance for the Republic ", because of their belief that the Bahraini regime lost legitimacy after the harsh crackdown on protesters using heavy weapons. One months after protests, the Gulf Cooperation Council sent 1,500+ PSF troops to crush the popular uprising there and also sent the Kuwaiti Navy to stop any aid to the protesters by sea. After the protesters were kicked from the Pearl Roundabout, many known rights activists operating in Bahrain were arrested, including Mushaima.

Mahmood Abdulrahman

Soccer Midfielder

Mahmood Abdulrahman, also known as Ringo, is a Bahraini footballer. He currently plays for Al Shamal Sports Club as well as the Bahrain national football team. He was named Player of the tournament when AlMuharraq won the 2008 AFC Cup. Abdulrahman has made several appearances for the Bahrain national football team, including 14 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches. Ringo re-joined Muharraq again at 2010, and won the 2010-11 Bahraini Premier League.

Isa Ali Abdullah al Murbati


Issa Ali Abdullah al Murbati is a citizen of Bahrain who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detainment camps, in Cuba. Al Murbati's Guantanamo Internment Serial Number was 52. American counter-terrorism analysts estimate he was born in 1965, in Manama, Bahrain.

Ali Jawad al-Sheikh


Ali Jawad al-Sheikh was a 14-year-old Bahraini who died in the hospital on 31 August 2011 after reportedly being hit in the head by a tear gas canister shot by Bahraini security forces during the Bahraini uprising. The Bahraini government denied security force involvement in his death and offered a reward for information on the incident. Activists, however, began a series of large protests after his funeral.

Elizabeth Willis


Elizabeth Willis is an American poet and literary critic. She currently serves as the Shapiro-Silverberg professor of literature and creative writing at Wesleyan University. Willis has won several awards for her poetry including the National Poetry Series and the Guggenheim Fellowship. Susan Howe has called Elizabeth Willis "an exceptional poet, one of the most outstanding of her generation."

Talal Yousef

Soccer Midfielder

Talal Yousif Mohammed, known mainly as Talal Yousif, is a Bahraini footballer. He currently plays for Al-Riffa. Yousif plays mainly as an offensive midfielder and sometimes as a striker. He is currently retired from playing with the Bahrain national football team, where he made 21 appearances in FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

Jamal Rashid


Jamal Rashid Rahman is a Bahraini footballer. He currently plays for Al-Nahda and the Bahrain national football team.

Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa


Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa is the President of the Asian Football Federation since 2 May 2013. Before his election as the president of AFC, he was president of Bahrain Football Association and also Chairman of the Asian Football Confederation Disciplinary Committee, and Deputy Chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.

Abdulla Al Marzooqi


Abdullah Al Marzooqi is a Bahraini footballer.

Humood Sultan

Soccer Goalkeeper

Humood Sultan Mathkoor is a former Bahraini football goalkeeper. He spent his career at Muharraq Club and was a key member of his team's successes in the 1980s and 1990s.

Al-Akhfash al-Akbar


Abu al-Khaṭṭāb ʻAbd al-Ḥamīd ibn ʻAbd al-Majīd, commonly known as Al-Akhfash al-Akbar was a notable Arab grammarian. A non-Arab from Bahrain, he lived in Basra and associated with the method of Arabic grammar of its linguists, and was a client of the Qais tribe. His most notable students were: Sibawayh, Yunus ibn Habib, Abu 'Ubaida, Abu Zayd al-Ansari and Al-Asma'i. Al-Akhfash revised his student Sibawayh's famous Kitab, the first book ever written on Arabic grammar, and was responsible for circulating the first manuscripts after his student's untimely death. Al-Akhfash was also one of the first linguists to contribute significantly to commentary and analysis of Arabic poetry. Additionally, he contributed extensively to Arabic philology as well as lexicography, recording vocabulary and expressions of the Bedouin tribes which had not previously been recorded.

Qassim Haddad


Qassim Haddad is a Bahraini poet, particularly notable within the Arab world for his free verse poetry. His poems have been translated in several languages including German, English and French.

Salman Isa


Salman Isa Ghuloom, known to many as just Salman Isa, is a Bahraini footballer that plays as a winger or a wingback. He is currently contracted by Al Riffa.

Mahmood Al Ajmi

Soccer Midfielder

Mahmood Merza Mahdi Ahmed Al Ajmi is a Bahraini football player who currently plays for KF Tirana in the Albanian Superliga and the Bahrain national team.

Faisal bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

Noble person

Faisal bin Hamad Al Khalifa was a member of the Bahrain's ruling family House of Khalifa.

Ibrahim Sharif


Ibrahim Sharif al-Sayed is an opposition political activist in Bahrain, currently serving as the General Secretary of the secular liberal National Democratic Action Society. He succeeded former General Secretary Abdulrahman al-Nuaimi, who fell into a coma in April 2007 and died in 2011. Sharif was formerly associated with the underground leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Bahrain. Sharif is a Sunni Muslim. On 17 March 2011, Sharif was arrested in his home in Manama for his role in the Bahraini uprising, which called for greater political freedom and for the rights of the Shia majority. Shortly after, Amnesty International reported allegations that he was being tortured by state security forces while in detention. The organization named him a prisoner of conscience, and called for his immediate release. On 22 March 2011, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain announced a decision to revoke all licenses from Bahraini telecom firm 2Connect, of which more than 10 percent was owned by Sharif as of 22 March 2011. According to the Gulf Daily News, rumors of the suspension had been circulating since 14 March 2011, although the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority had initially denied these rumors. In a statement to the Gulf Daily News on 23 March 2011, founder and managing director Fahad Shirawi revealed that the company had initiated a process to ensure that the company was 100% owned by himself, a group of Saudi investors, and the employees. The decision to revoke 2Connect's licenses was reversed on 13 April 2011. Also on 13 April 2011, 2Connect released a statement saying that Shirawi was stepping down from his position as managing director and leaving 2Connect after seven years of service, for personal reasons.

Salman Ebrahim Mohamed Ali Al Khalifa

Family member

Salman Ebrahim Mohamed Ali Al Khalifa is a citizen of Bahrain who was held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba. The Department of Defense reports that Al Khalifa was born on July 24, 1979, in Rifah, Bahrain. He is a member of the Al Khalifa royal family of Bahrain, related to the king of Bahrain. Al Khalifa is a second cousin of the King of Bahrain. Al Khalifa, like the other Bahrainis held in Guantanamo, has Joshua Colangelo-Bryan as his lawyer. Following his repatriation to Bahrain Al Khalifa was appointed to high level posts overseeing Bahrain's amateur sports.

Thuraya AlArrayed


Thuraya AlArrayed: is an Arabic language Saudi poet and writer she was born in 1948, and received a bachelor's degree from the College of Beirut, in 1966, and then an MBA from American University of Beirut in 1969 and PhD from the University of North Carolina, United States General in 1975.

Mohamed Hubail

Soccer Midfielder

Mohamed Hubail is a Bahraini footballer who was sentenced to a two year term of imprisonment by a special security court in Bahrain after taking part in pro-democratic reform protests in Bahrain in 2011.

Abdulwahab Al Safi

Soccer Midfielder

Abdulwahab Al Safi is Bahraini footballer. He is playing for foreign team Al-Qadisiyah in Saudi Professional League. He plays as a midfielder. He was called to Bahrain national football team at 2011 AFC Asian Cup, hosted Qatar.

Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani


Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani is a Bahraini engineer and retired lieutenant general. He has been the secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council since 1 April 2011. He is the fifth GCC secretary general and the first with military background since the GCC established.

Abdulla Majid Al Naimi


Born on March 9, 1982, in Manama, Bahrain, Abdulla Majid Al Naimi is a Bahraini, formerly held in extrajudicial detention in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba.

Rashid Al-Dosari

Soccer Midfielder

Rashid Al-Dosari is a Bahraini footballer.

Nabeel bin Yaqub Al-Hamar


Nabeel Yacoob AlHamer is Advisor for Information Affairs to His Majesty the King of Bahrain Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifah. He is also the former Minister of Information. AlHamer also owns Bahrain’s leading newspaper Al Ayam for which he has been the editor in chief since he founded it in 1989.

Khalil al-Marzooq


Khalil Al-Marzooq is a Bahraini Shi'a politician and former member of the Council of Representatives. During his time in office, he served as first deputy chairman. On February 14, 2011, Marzooq and 17 other MPs from Al Wefaq, the main Shi'a Islamist opposition party, resigned from their seats in parliament. Following the quelling of the unrest by the government, Marzooq led negotiations with the government in the Bahrain national dialogue, but he and the four other delegates from Al Wefaq withdrew from negotiations on July 17. Al-Marzooq was arrested on September 18, 2013 for his criticism of the government. Amnesty International designated him a prisoner of conscience and called for his immediate release. He has been charged with inciting terrorist crimes.

Hussain Salman

Soccer Midfielder

Husain Salman Makki is a soccer player.

Mohammed Haddad

Film music contributor

Mohammad Haddad is a Bahraini composer and music critic. He is an active artist in the music scene of Bahrain and a leading composer in the film scores of Bahraini films. He is best known for his work on the soundtrack of the critically acclaimed Bahraini motion picture A Bahraini Tale.

Mohammed Tayeb Al-Alawi


Mohammed Tayeb Al Alawi is a Bahrainian association footballer currently playing for Al-Najma and the Bahrain national football team as a Striker.

Waleed Al Hayam

Soccer Midfielder

Waleed Mohamed Abdulla Ali Al Hayam is Bahraini footballer. He is playing for home team Al-Muharraq in Bahraini Premier League as a defender. He was called to Bahrain national football team at 2011 AFC Asian Cup, hosted by neighboring country Qatar. He also plays as midfielder in international matches.

Ebrahim Al Mishkhas

Soccer Defender

Ebrahim Al Mishkhas is a Bahraini football defender. He currently plays for Al-Muharraq Sports Club. Al Mishkhas represented Bahrain at the 1997 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Egypt.

Mohamed Albuflasa


Mohamed Yousif Rashid Albuflasa is a Bahraini poet, writer, former independent candidate for the Bahraini Parliament in the 2010 Parliamentary elections and a member of the Bahraini youth parliament. Formerly a Bahrain Defence Force officer, he is now employed in Crown prince court. As a result of a speech he made to the Pearl Roundabout protests, Albuflasa became the first political prisoner in the Bahraini uprising. Albuflasa's speech was significant as a religiously conservative Salafi Sunni addressing protesters who were mostly Shia or secular Sunni Muslims.

Sayed Mahmood Jalal

Soccer Midfielder

Sayed Mahmood Jalal is a Bahraini footballer currently playing with Al Muharraq Club of Bahrain and the Bahrain national football team. After starting at Al-Shabab, Sayed Mahmood Jalal joined Bahrain league giants Muharraq in 2003 and soon became a national team regular. He started four of Bahrain’s six matches in the 2004 AFC Asian Cup before signing for Qatar’s Al Khreitiat that same year. In 2005, he moved to Qatari league rivals Al Siliya before returning to his former club Muharraq in October 2006. The much travelled Jalal was on the move again in February when he joined Qatar SC.

Mohammed Jaber Al-Ansari


Mohammed Jaber Al-Ansari, is a prominent Bahraini philosopher and political thinker, and an influential proponent of rational thinking in the 20th-century Arab World. He played a pivotal role in establishing the previously peripheral Persian Gulf region as an integral contributor to modern Arabic thought, on equal footing with other parts of the Arab World. His early work as a literary historian, and critic, instigated wide literary activity in his native Bahrain and in its surrounding Persian Gulf region. Al-Ansari was one of the early Arab intellectuals to delve into studying the East Asian experiences and draw comparisons with the Arab World.

Kapil Jhaveri


Kapil Jhaveri is an actor.

Khalifa Al Dhahrani


Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Dhahrani is a Bahraini politician, currently serving as the Speaker of the Council of Representatives of Bahrain.

Lamees Dhaif


Lamees Dhaif is a Bahraini journalist, active in the Bahraini resistance campaign. As early as 2009 she was in trouble, being summonsed to the Public Prosecutor's office after she had accused some judges of corruption. She has supported the Bahraini uprising that began as part of the Arab Spring. Her work has made her the target of government crackdowns on journalists. She is renowned for political and social criticism, including satirical articles. She has written in various newspapers in the Persian Gulf region, and she has a column in Alyaum, one of the most important newspapers in Saudi Arabia. Dhaif became famous when she presented a program on Al-Rai, a private Kuwaiti television channel which talked about taboo issues such as poverty, sadism, prostitution, corruption, and inequality. It also included social issues such as enslavement of foreign labor and problems faced by local women who are married to foreigners. Dhaif is popular among youth and intellectuals, but her articles have always aroused controversy. A legal case was filed against her after she harshly criticized corrupt judges, however, the case was suspended because of pressure from both local and international organizations.

Fadhel Al-Matrook


Fadhel Salman Ali Salman Al-Matrook was a 31-year-old Bahraini who died in hospital on 15 February 2011 after reportedly being hit in the back and chest by bird pellet gunshots fired from short distance by Bahraini security forces during the Bahraini uprising. Bahrain king Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa announced in a rare televised speech that the deaths of Ali Abdulhadi Mushaima and Fadhel Al-Matrook would be investigated. However, results of the investigation have not been revealed as of November 2011.

May Nasr

Arab Artist

May Nasr is a Lebanese singer, musician and microfinancing consultant. She was born in the Kingdom of Bahrain in 1965 and she got a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Beirut in 1987.

Ahmed Jaber al-Qattan


Ahmed Jaber Ali al-Qattan was a 16 or 17-year-old Bahraini teenager who died in a hospital on 6 October 2011 after reportedly being hit in chest, abdomen and upper limb by bird pellet gunshots fired by Bahraini security forces during the Bahraini uprising. Several human rights organizations in Bahrain believe that the use of birdshot against humans is banned under international law, while the Ministry of Interior disagrees. The Ministry of Interior stated that there was a gathering of 20 people in Abu Saiba who blocked the roads and police men intervened to disperse them as authorized. Activists, however, began a series of large protests after his funeral.

Khalifa Ahmed Al Bin Ali


Khalifa Ahmed Al Bin Ali, was one of the leading, principal, and most important men of the Al Bin Ali tribe in Bahrain during the early 1970s throughout the early 2000s.

Ali Aamer

Soccer Midfielder

Ali Aamer is a Bahraini footballer who is a midfielder for Muharraq Club. He is a member of the Bahrain national football team.

Hamad Rakea Al Anezi


Hamad Rakea Al Anezi is a Bahraini footballer currently playing for Al-Riffa of Bahrain and the Bahrain national football team. Hamad was banned by WADA for 24 months after testing positive for steroids. He returned to playing football on 1 June 2010.

Khalid Alibaba

Olympic Swimmer

Khalid Ismael Ali Baba is a Bahraini swimmer. He appeared in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, as part of Bahrain's Olympic team. He participated in the men's 100m butterfly event where he recorded a time of 1:04.05, which beat his previous personal best of 1:05.09.

Abdulhadi Khalaf


Abdulhadi Khalaf is a Bahraini leftist political activist and senior lecturer in the Sociology department at Lund University. He is regarded as a specialist in the politics of the Persian Gulf region.

Saleh Abdulhameed

Soccer Defender

Saleh Abdulhameed is a Bahraini footballer who plays as a defender for Al-Najma.

Rashed Al Hooti


Rashed Al Hooti is a Bahraini professional footballer who plays as a defender. He plays for the Bahrain national football team. He was a member of the Bahrain squad at the 2011 AFC Asian Cup. and he is the current holder of the title of fastest red card in international match history. On 11 October 2011 against Iran in 2014 World Cup qualifier match he was carded in 42 seconds.

Duaij Naser

Football player

Duaij Naser Abdulla is a Bahraini footballer currently playing for Al-Hala of Bahrain and the Bahrain national football team.