It is hard to believe Bahrain sought  to become a global education hub as recently as 2006 & 2007. See, for example, this Observatory on Borderless Higher Education  report released in January 2007:
- A fifth transnational hub for the Gulf: Bahrain announces plans to create a ‘Higher Education City’ 
Welcome to Bahrain, circa December 2011:
Bahrain's reputation is in tatters a mere four years later, and the ruling Khalifa family is showing no signs of being able to coordinate a genuine reform agenda.
Those of you interested in up-to-date developments in Bahrain are advised to track the #Bahrain hashtag on Twitter ...a veritable feast of links to commentary, analysis, arguments, information, and video clips. Also see, of course, the independent commission report  that investigated the 2011 uprising and its aftermath (the 513 page report is summarized here by the New York Times , 23 November 2011).