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Royal University for Women (RUW) is the first private, purpose-built, international university in the Kingdom of Bahrain dedicated solely to educating women. RUW provides a conducive environment in which to create leaders, develop vibrant personalities, dynamic decision-makers, independent thinkers and community-conscious individuals. Our main focus is on academic excellence and personal development. RUW's initial degree programmes were designed in collaboration with two reputed universities, McGill University in Canada and Middlesex University in the U.K.


Bahrain has a long history that dates back to the third millennium BC. The Dilmun civilization eventually succumbed to the influence of the Roman Empire as Alexander the Great commissioned two ships to arrive to Bahrain and use the island as a base for trade routes due to its strategic location. Historical records provide evidence that the island was termed land of “a million palm trees” and revealed the existence of natural springs of fresh water, which explains the name Bahrain, which means in Arabic “two seas” (fresh and sea waters).

The people of Bahrain played a significant role in Islamic conquests and provided expertise in navigation and sailing. Evidence of the ancient civilizations is still present in Bahrain, such as the Khamis Mosque and the ancient forts and burial grounds.

Bahrain pioneered the development of education in the region with the establishment of its first public school for boys in 1919, followed by a school for girls in 1928. The discovery of oil in 1932 accelerated the development of the island. Bahrain gained full independence from the British on August 15, 1971.

The Kingdom of Bahrain is a constitutional monarchy. The Head of State is His Highness King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa and the Prime Minister, His Highness Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa.


To lower it dependency on oil, Bahrain channeled its efforts into diversifying its economy: through a very welcoming environment for entrepreneurs, the development of the tourism sector and by becoming an international FINTECH hub and a  banking center and a regional capital for Islamic Banking. Bahrain has also substantially developed in terms of technology and information systems. The Bahrain International Circuit (Formula 1) also promotes the Kingdom as a successful international racing event.

Bahrain is a true multicultural nation and has the reputation of being the most liberal country in the region. Bahrain has been regularly ranked as one of the top destinations for expatriates and foreigners. As a legacy of the British presence, the English language is the most common language spoken in the Kingdom after Arabic. Along its fast modernization, the country is very attached to its tradition and its national treasures (archeological digs and forts).