Arad (Arabic: عراد‎) is a town in Bahrain, located on Muharraq Island. It lies east of Muharraq City and northwest of Hidd. It was originally a separate island (Arad Island)[1] but was joined to Muharraq over the course of the 20th century. It was originally a small farming village inhabited by Baharna Shia. It later expanded to include new middle-class housing, which brought with it a large Sunni population also.

The Arad Fort, the Al Muharraq Stadium, and the headquarters of the Islamic Society (Bahrain) are located in the town.

The town is administered under the Muharraq Governorate.


The Ministry of Education operates government schools. Boys schools include Al Kawarzmi Primary Boys School, Al-Dair Primary Boys School, Arad Primary Boys School, and Arad Primary Intermediate Boys School. Girls schools include Al Oroba Primary Girls School, Arad Intermediate Girls School, and Arad Primary Girls School.[2]


  1. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Holdich, Thomas Hungerford (1911), "Bahrein Islands", in Chisholm, Hugh, Encyclopædia Britannica, 3 (11th ed.), Cambridge University Press, p. 212 
  2. ^ "Directory." Ministry of Education. Retrieved on 8 September 2009.