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Museum. A rich
collection of Bahrain's ancient archaeological artifacts is on display
at the Bahrain National Museum. The museum covers 6,000 years of
Bahrain's history. The complex includes four halls: one devoted to
archaeology and the ancient civilisation of Dilmun, while two halls
depict the culture and lifestyle of Bahrain's recent pre-industrial
past, and the fourth is devoted to natural history, focusing on the
natural environment of Bahrain featuring specimens of Bahrain's flora
Oil Museum and the First Oil Well. As
the name suggests, this is the first oil production well in the Arabian
Gulf and is located in Bahrain. The museum showcases the history of the
oil industry in Bahrain for over a century. The Oil Museum houses some
fascinating exhibits, including drilling equipment, documents, old
photographs and a working model of an oil rig.
Museum of Pearl Diving. The
Museum of Pearl Diving's building is regarded as one of the most
important and historic buildings in Bahrain. Its importance derives from
being the first official location of the Bahrain Courts prior to
becoming the museum.
Bait Al Qur'an. This
landmark building, meaning House of the Qur'an, was built to accommodate
a comprehensive and valuable collection of the Holy Qur'an and related
manuscripts, a collection unique in the Arabian Gulf. All visitors are
welcome, and the complex comprises a mosque, a library, an auditorium, a
school and museum consisting of five exhibition halls.
Currency Museum. The
museum displays a comprehensive collection of the currency used in
Bahrain from the beginning of Islam until modern times. The collection
is priceless and includes some very rare coins. The museum is located on
the Bahrain Central Bank premises.
A remarkable collection of all the stamps issued and used in Bahrain
are in display. The museum is located in the Ministry of Transportation
Rashid Al Oraifi Museum. This
museum is an adaptive re-use of the Al Oraifi family's private residence
where artwork, inspired by the Dilmun culture and history by one of
Bahrainís most talented artists, Rashid Al Oraifi, is on display.
known as Al-Fatih Islamic Centre/Grand Mosque) is Bahrain's largest
mosque. Besides being a place of Islamic worship where people of all
faiths are welcome, it is one of the major tourist attractions.
Khamis Mosque is
believed to be the first mosque in Bahrain, built during the era of the
Umayyad caliph Omer II. It is considered to be one of the oldest relics
of Islam in the region with the foundation of the mosque believed to
have been laid as early as 692 AD.
Arad Fort is
a 15th century fort in Arad built in a typical Arab style. Close to the
Bahrain International Airport, the fort has been extensively renovated
and presents a magnificent sight when it is illuminated at night. Little
is known of the history of the fort and there is no firm evidence of the
precise date of construction; however, comprehensive excavations are in
process in order to discover its past.
Bab Al Bahrain means
'Gate of Bahrain' and is located in Manama's central business district.
Built by the British in the 1940s, it housed the government offices of
the time and marked the coastline which since has been reclaimed.
Manama Souq is
a bustling marketplace with numerous traditional as well as modern
shops. The souq (marketplace) is located in the heart of the city, near
Bab Al Bahrain. All kinds of spices, fabrics, kaftans, handicrafts,
souvenirs, dry fruits, nuts, and just about everything one can imagine
are on view and available for purchase.
Gold Souq. The
Gold Souq is well worth a visit, and all the gold on displayed is of the
highest purity and hallmarked as 18 carat and 21 carat. The Bahraini
pearls available for sale are the only natural pearls in the world today
and every one unique.
Barbar Temple is
an important archaeological site located in the village of Barbar. The
most recent of the three Barbar temples was discovered by a Danish
archaeological team in 1954. A further two temples were discovered on
the site with the oldest dating back to 3,000 BCE.
Bahrain Fort is
an archaeological site composed of an artificial mound created by human
habitation ranging in age from 2,300 BCE up to the 17th century CE.
Archaeological evidence indicates that the site once served the capital
of the Dilmun civilization, and most recently as a Portuguese fort. Due
to its archaeological importance it was designated as a UNESCO World
Heritage Site in 2005.
Dilmun Burial Mounds. The
Dilmun Burial Mounds is a necropolis dating back to the Dilmun era. A
Danish group excavating what they considered a city of the Bronze Age
came across artifacts dating back to around 4,100 - 3,700 BCE within the
King Fahd Causeway is
a multiple causeway and bridges combination connecting Khobar, Saudi
Arabia with the island nation of Bahrain. The 25 kilometer causeway
officially opened to traffic on November 25, 1986.
The Tree of Life is
a 400-year old mesquite tree in Bahrain considered a natural wonder.
This lone tree rises from the desert and nurtured by a source of water
the origin of which remains a mystery as no aquifers are known to exist
at the treeís location
Siyadi House This
is one of the most impressive examples of a 19th century house built by
the pearl merchant Ahmed Bin Qassem Siyadi, and has many fine features
to look out for, including ornate ceilings, stained-glass windows,
carved screens and a large safe set into the wall of a small, upper
Salman bin Ahmed Al Fateh Fort Standing
on a low escarpment overlooking the valley between East and West Riffa,
the fort held an ideal strategic position during the 18th century. In
more recent times, it was used as a private dwelling, but it has now
been restored and is open to the public. A section in Arabic
calligraphy, including a beautiful display of illuminated Qur'an and
other religious documents, is breathtaking, and course of visit would
not be complete without viewing the traditional trades and crafts which
have been cleverly displayed in a reconstruction of a typical souk of
Al-Jasra House The
house was built by Shaikh Hamad bin Abdulla Al Khalifa in 1907, and was
the birthplace of the late Amir in July 1933. When the family moved to
Riffa later in the 1930s the building fell into disrepair, but was
restored in 1986 and is now open to the public.
Shaikh Isa's house in
the old town of Muharraq, was once the home of Shaikh Isa Bin Ali Al
Khalifa, the ruler of Bahrain at that time. It provides a fine example
of local architecture, complete with wind tower, wall carvings and
lattice work, and is representative of traditional 19th century life.
Bahrain International Circuit In
a unique desert venue, the Bahrain International Circuit is undoubtedly
the most technologically advanced and architecturally stunning race
track in the world. It is not only an exciting racing circuit, but it
also offers unparalleled opportunities and attractions. The Driving Days
is fast becoming one of the most popular activities that the BIC has to
offer. This intensive program gives a taste of the wide variety of
on-track and off-track activities that can be experienced at the
award-winning circuit making it a one-of-a-kind experience. The website
to visit is www.bahraingp.com.bh Lost
Paradise of Dilmun Water Park Whether it is a relaxing river or
thrilling high-speed descent, the Lost Paradise of Dilmun has something
for you. Bahrain's first fully themed water park is a perfect blend of
top-class water attractions and facilities, stunning architecture and an
ambience that makes your day one you won't forget. Over 14 slides and
attractions are blended seamlessly to create a desert oasis and garden
of paradise for guests to enjoy: spa pools, interactive children's wet
play area and family raft ride to name a few. The park also features the
Gulf regionís largest wave pool, the first in the region with a natural
sandy beach. The website to visit iswww.lpodwaterpark.com.
A'ali Pottery Workshop You
can watch the potters at work at the A'ali Pottery Workshop where
traditional methods using ancient kilns in a tradition that has been
handed down generation after generation.
Al Jasra Handicrafts Centre Located
in the village of Al Jasra, you experience the practice of local crafts
where the centre is divided into small rooms, each containing craftsmen
engaged in the traditional arts of pottery, cloth and basket weaving.
Souvenirs are also available for purchase
Textile Weaving Located
in the village of Bani Jamra, weavers produce works of arts on their
manually operated looms. The looms need excellent co-ordination with
nearly 2,600 threads extending for about 30 meters.
The Craft Centre The
craft centre is run entirely by Bahraini women and has some of the most
exquisite creations you will find, ranging from jewellery, iron, wood
and paper products to embroidered and crocheted goods as well as highly
artistic Arabic calligraphy.
Dolphin Watching Take
a boat trip from the Bahrain Yacht Club and watch the dolphins and
manatees playing in the warm Gulf waters. See local fisherman head out
in traditional wooden dhows to catch the prized hammour, a member of the
Grouper family. www.bahrainyachtclub.com.bh Pearl
Diving Bahrain is famous for its pearls, and you can try your hand at
pearl diving and maybe take home one of these natural gems of the sea.
Bahrain Yacht Club www.bahrainyachtclub.com.bh
Watching The Kingdom
and the Hawar Islands in particular, are a haven for native and
migratory birds including flamingos, bulbuls (nightingales), ospreys and
sooty falcons. Bird watchers are strongly advised to take the 20 km boat
trip to the Islands. Boats depart from Ad Dur Jetty at 10am daily.
international brands, local flavor - whatever your preferred form of
retail therapy, Bahrainís got it all. From exclusive boutiques, to
modern malls, to bargain hunting at the souk, thereís something for
every occasion and every wallet.
For modern-style shopping, there are
state of the art malls. Of the biggest malls, Bahrain City Centre, Al
Aíali Shopping Complex and Seef Mall are located in the Seef area, and
Bahrain Mall and Dana Mall are located in the adjacent Sanabis area. The
newly-opened Sitra Mall is a little further off Sitra bridge.
Other smaller, centrally located malls offer a wide variety of goods.
The malls include the Yateem Centre (located in the Manama souq), Marina
Mall, Lulu Mall (well known for fabrics), GOSI Centre (specializing in
telecommunications products and accessories) and Moda Mall, (better
known as the Sheraton Complex due to its proximity to the hotel), which
is rapidly expanding.
For a complete shopping in Bahrain visiting the traditional souqs is
a must. The biggest and most popular is the Manama souq. Others well
worth a visit are the Muharraq Souq, the Iranian souq in Isa Town
(second hand goods, low cost household items and a bird market), Souq
Waqif in Hamad Town (fresh fruit and vegetables), and of course Manama
Central Market and the Fish Market, provide a fascinating insight into
local trading and produce.
The suburbs are well served by Riffa Mall, Al Alawi complex in
Nwaidrat and Isa Town Mall Ė each serving their local community with a
cross section of goods. Other malls, with a food retailer as the anchor
store, include Jawad Dome in Barbar, the Najibi Centre at Saar, and Al
Jazira Centre in Mahooz.
You canít miss Ramez, a huge multi-purpose store; it is the right
place for bargain hunters and families alike, selling a mixture of
household. Itís the perfect place to stock up in bulk for parties or
other celebrations, or simply for those with big families.
Itís true to say that Bahrain boasts a multitude of other unique,
individual retail outlets, too numerous to mention, scattered around the
suburbs of Manama and beyond. There are handmade chocolates to sample,
designer boutiques, local art galleries, antique stores and artifact
Bahrain City Centre
Bahrain City Centre is the largest shopping mall in Bahrain, it
provides an exceptional shopping, leisure and entertainment experience
to its customers under one roof. Located in the heart of Manama, Bahrain
City Centre is hosting over 350 internationally reputed brands. The
Centreís stunning entertainment offer includes the regionís first indoor
15,000 square Waterpark (Wahooo!), Bahrainís biggest cinema complex (Cineco
20), and a family entertainment centre for children and young adults
(Magic Planet). For food and beverage options, over 50 food court
outlets have been lined up to offer the most popular as well as exotic
choices from all over the world.
It is one of the countryís biggest and best-known malls with a host
of international retails brands, lots of places to eat, and a 16-screen
Al Aíali Shopping Complex
A shopping mall with traditional Bahraini motifs and elements, it
hosts Bahrain elite shopping brands.
Located in the heart of Bahrainís retail district with over 120
international brands, One of Bahrainís biggest hypermarkets, and
exciting events all year round, The Bahrain Mall is the shopping hub for
families and visitors from all over the world. It covers an area of
750,000 square feet with ample parking facilities for up to 1,600 cars
The Mall Caters for all its clientele needs offering a variety of
exclusive retail shopping outlets with a relaxing umbrella of coffee
shops all around. An entertainment theme park grants full amusement to
all family members topped with one of the most exclusive cinema
complexes in the region, offering 12 screens of the highest
international calibre and most distinguished in the latest fashion and
Comprising more than 10,000 square meters of built-up accommodation,
Yateem Centre comprises over five levels; it is the first shopping mall