We made our first trip to Bahrain in January of 2002 with a group of friends. Being relatively open socially, Bahrain attracts visitors from all over the region, especially across the bridge from Saudi Arabia. Bahrainis are also terrifically warm and friendly people.
A terrible pic--the lighting just wouldn't work--we are at the top of an observation tower on an island between Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. You can just make out Saudi in the distance.
The Saudi and Bahraini border. The two countries are connected by a bridge.