As a non-judgemental, non-Bahraini, who sincerely appreciates Bahrain, let me say this:
It was from 2004 - 2008 that I worked for the United Nations. It had its perks, such as a 7 day holiday every 8 weeks - indeed, sweet. I was stationed in the Horn of Africa, and so decided to visit a number of surrounding countries. Bahrain was one of them. The Formula One Grand Prix, back in 2006. Intrigued (mostly by Michael Jackson making it his choice of residence), off I went to see the Kingdom. Again, and again, and again.
By the end of 2008, I did an 'MJ'. I too made the rather bold move of making Bahrain my homebase. Without benefits, or any kind of preferential treatment, I, like may other [sunni, shi'ia and international] entrepreneurs in the Kingdom, worked hard, utilised opportunities, enjoyed the tax-free environment, and ended up doing rather well. For that, I would like to thank Bahrain, and all that is within it.
As with every single country on the planet, there are the noted shortfalls. None however seemed as bad/tragic/corrupt/
detrimental to the nation, as what I had witnessed elsewhere; so, once again, I am thankful for Bahrain.