Manama: A parliamentary committee is pushing for the adoption of a 1,000-dinar ($2,615) marriage assistance grant.

Lawmakers have suggested that the government aid should be 5,000 dinars ($13,079), but the financial and economic committee limited it to 1,000 dinars.

The assistance is to be given only once and on the condition that the bride be Bahraini.

Couples in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries receive assistance from the state or from organisations promoting marriages as a way to help nationals with wedding expenses and to preserve morals and values.

Mass wedding ceremonies, often sponsored by wealthy personalities or religious societies, have become a common feature and are widely accepted in the GCC where marriage expenses are often onerous.