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Armenians in Bahrain

The Armenians in Bahrain are people of Armenian descent living in Bahrain. Though no concise data is available, some have estimated that there are around 10 Armenian families living in the country, predominantly in the capital Manama.[1] Others state that the population is around 100 people.[2] They come from Lebanon and Syria, attracted by the economic opportunities provided by the country.

The Armenians in Bahrain are Armenian Apostolics (Orthodox Armenians) belonging to the Armenian Apostolic Church and under the jurisdiction of the Holy See of Cilicia. The Catholicossate of the Great House of Cilicia (also known as the Holy See of Cilicia) has established the "Diocese of Kuwait and the Arabian Gulf [sic] Countries" headquartered in Kuwait, but also serving the Armenians in the Persian Gulf including Bahrain. [1]

The first Armenian Mass was held on 10 December 2004, in Manama, by the Archbishop Goriun Babian who heads the Armenian community in the UAE. [1]


  1. ^ a b c "Archbishop Goriun Babian meets Bahrain and Khobar Armenians". Azad Hye. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Armenians of Bahrain". Azad Hye. Retrieved 16 August 2013.