The Capital Governorate is one of the four governorates of Bahrain. The governorate includes Manama, the capital of Bahrain.The Capital Governorate was formed made royal decree on 3 July 2002. The present governorate incorporates the municipalities of Al Manamah, Jid Ali, Ras Rumman and parts of Jidd Haffs.
The first municipality in Bahrain was the 8-member Manama municipality which was established in July 1919.Members of the municipality were elected annually; the municipality was said to have been the first municipality to be established in the Arab world.The municipality was in charge of cleaning roads and renting buildings to tenants and shops. The first municipal elections, to fill half the seats on local councils, were held in 1926.By 1929, it undertook road expansions as well as opening markets and slaughterhouses.In 1958, the municipality started water purification projects.In 1960, Bahrain comprised four municipalities: Manama, Hidd, Al Muharraq, and Riffa.Over the next 30 years, the four municipalities were divided into 12 municipalities as settlements such as Hamad Town and Isa Town grew.These municipalities were administered from Manama under a central municipal council whose members are appointed by the king.