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A lot of people don’t know anything about the tiny country of Bahrain. Maybe you’ve heard of it before but have no clue where it is or what it’s like. Bahrain is technically comprised of several islands with the bulk of it being one island. It sits to the east of Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf. There is a bridge between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and this bridge is always extremely busy.

As a woman, I’m often asked about covering my hair in the Middle East. Since I’m not Muslim, it’s not required. However, would it be best to just cover my hair anyway? You pretty much get to choose. There are a few things you should consider though. Although you don’t have to cover up, you do want to remember to be culturally sensitive. What does this look like?

Orientalism is a way of seeing that imagines, emphasizes, exaggerates and distorts differences of Middle Eastern peoples and cultures as compared to that of Europe and the U.S. (West).

I hope to help anyone reading this to overcome any prejudices they may have about the Middle East or answer any questions they may have about it.

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