Bahrain to clamp down on bars, nightclubs

MPs say there have been complaints about the rise in accidents and drunken incidents

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Bahrain’s parliament unanimously voted to deny any more building permits for nightclubs and bars in the residential and commercial district of Juffair, a move which could be the start of a clampdown across the whole of the island state, it was reported on Wednesday.

Three MPs said the proposal was as a result of complaints from residents and families in the Juffair area. "Enough is enough and complaints have increased in the area after more nightclubs and bars have been opening," MP Hassan Bukhamas was quoted as saying by the Gulf Daily News.

"Residents are worried to go out at night with their families due to the number of drunken people roaming the streets. Accidents have increased, as well as fights between drunken people. It's increasing policemen's workload further," he added.

Fellow MP Abdulhakim Al Shemmeri claimed nightclubs and bars only benefited drug dealers, alcohol sellers and human traffickers and most Bahrainis did not approve of them, the report said.

"These dens or dirty institutions are luring our youth from Bahrain and the GCC away from religion and affecting the country's security... We need to fight this by stopping more clubs in the area and then hopefully spreading the move to the whole of Bahrain," he was quoted as saying.

Passed by the parliament, the proposal will need to be approved by the cabinet.

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Posted by: Jezinho

Some context is needed here. Juffair already has dozens of bars and nightclubs, so the suggestion that the authorities are disinclined to issue new permits is no different to the zoning you will see in pretty much any city in the world.

I would argue that you see very few young Bahrainis in the bars with most of the local drinkers being comfortably middle aged!

Posted by: Baba

Does this have anything to do with the money recently tranferred by Kuwait?

Posted by: Kuwaiti

You sound ignorant, all other Gulf Arabs think Kuwaitis are the most liberal Gulf Arabs.

Many Kuwaiti women don't wear the black abaya whereas 99.9% of Bahraini women wear the black abaya.

In Emirati/Qatari/Saudi/Omani societies, it is socially unacceptable for native women to not wear the black abaya.

If UAE/Qatar had active parliaments like Kuwait and political participation among citizens like Kuwait, there wouldn't be any legal alcohol in UAE and Qatar. Kuwait is the most democratic Gulf state, therefore alcohol is illegal.

Among local Gulf Arabs, Kuwaitis are known for being the most liberal.

Posted by: jay

why does no one talk about the vice in these areas
i have stayed in Bahrain in major hotels and been pestered by prostitutes
while i like a drink and to relax i dont want the other side of the coin

Posted by: Louai Alasfahani

you can drag a hours to water but you cant force it to drink. those who chose to go to pray or to go and play will find their way at the end of the day.

Posted by: rednrosy

It is such a flawed argument and quoting many misleading and incorrect statements.

Why does he not just say, that he wants to dictate to others his opinion and use any inflammatory statement to achieve his goal.

This is a much shorter simpler version.

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