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Bahrain

Bahrain in Arabic means the “two seas”, specifically referring to the unique natural phenomenon where freshwater springs burst out in the middle of the Arabian Gulf, creating the natural habitat for the rarest types of natural pearls. Remnants of the country’s thousands of years of rich history can be seen side by side with modern day skyscrapers, offering an unparalleled combination of cultural adventures, entertainment options, and leisure destinations.

Capital

Manamah

Time

GMT +3

Language

Arabic

Religion

Islam

International Airports

Manamah

Weather

Bahrain has an arid desert climate, slightly moderated by its surrounding waters. Temperatures are high year-round, though considerably warmer in summer than in winter. We may divide the year into two main climatic periods: From June to September and from December to March, separated by two transitional periods April/May and October/ November.

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Top Highlights

Ancient Civilization

The Dilmun civilization was an ancient civilization in the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula. It was one of the oldest civilizations in the world. The capital of the Dilmun is now the Kingdom of Bahrain. It was considered as an important trading hub due to its strategic location. It controlled the trading routes in the Arabian Gulf during the peak of its power.

Bahrain Fort

Known as Dilmun in ancient times, The fort has been built over more than 4,000 years of continuous occupation. It is the most important archeological site in the Arabian Gulf. This is where the most significant archeological finds have been made in Bahrain, and it provides an outstanding proof not only of the might of Dilmun, but also its successors during the Tylos and Islamic periods.

Shop´til you drop

Bahrain, and especially Manama, is a shopper’s paradise. This is true whether you’re strolling through the many souks of Bahrain or through the magnificent malls spread across the country. There are traditional markets or “souqs” that specialize in local handicrafts, where you can also buy authentic carpets, textiles, and spices. Likewise, there are modern shopping malls that offer local as well as international brands. Bahrain is known for its natural pearls and gold.

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Bahrains Top Destinations

Manama

The modern capital and largest city of Bahrain. It has been at the center of major trade routes since antiquity. Long an important trading center in the Arabian Gulf, Manama is home to a very diverse population. Its name translates to ‘place of rest’ or ‘place of dreams’.

Amwaj Islands

A manmade body of islands northeast of Bahrain, Amwaj Islands provide the luxuries of waterfront living near the region’s top points of interest. It also features plenty of its own attractions, including premier shopping, dining, spas and outdoor fun.

A’ali

One of the biggest towns in Bahrain. It is a part of the Northern Governorate, although from 2001 to 2014 it lay within the Central Governorate. A’ali is famous for two reasons: the Dilmun burial mounds, and the traditional pottery. There are around 10,000 burial mounds scattered across the western part of Bahrain, but the best place to witness this UNESCO world heritage site is in A’Ali. There are 13 single royal mounds and two double mounds here, and they are considered to be the best preserved in the Kingdom. They were built as two-storey towers and have a number of burial chambers worthy of the high status of those resting within.

Riffa

Known in English as Ruffin, this is the second largest city in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Moreover, it is home to the royal family. Riffa is divided into two parts: East Riffa and West Riffa. The East part houses serval attractions, like the Shaikh Salman bin Ahmed Al Fateh Fort, or Riffa Fort, and shopping malls while the West Riffa area is mainly a residential area.

Hawar Islands

An archipelago of desert islands owned by Bahrain. Lots of native wildlife, including one of the world’s biggest colonies of Socotra Cormorants, make this a great place for nature lovers. However, if you just want a beach break, you can enjoy that here too.

Al Areen

An area of 2 million square meters furthers Bahrain’s reputation as a friendly destination for family and health-oriented tourists. The development is a 35-minute drive from the Bahrain International Airport and 25 minutes away from the city centre of Manama . Al Areen Wildlife Park located there and it is a nature reserve and zoo. It was established in 1976 and has had a significant impact in the care of a lot of wild animals , rare birds and the preservation of vegetation in the region and the protection of plants and herbs.

Juffair

A district situated in Manama, Bahrain. It was originally a separate village inhabited but it has been absorbed by the suburban expansion of Manama in the 20th century, and presently includes large parts of land reclaimed from the sea.The area’s location is in the southwestern corner of Manama, and most of its space comprises reclaimed lands. Its district features one of the most distinctive locations in the Kingdom of Bahrain due to its extensive coastline on one hand, and its proximity from the city’s most renowned areas.

Qal’at Al Bahrain (Bahrain Fort)

A place of great historical significance due to its use as the capital of the Dilmun civilization, a Portuguese garrison, a trading port, a residential building, and a religious center. About 25% of the site has been excavated, revealing structures of different types: residential, public, commercial, religious and military. They testify to the importance of the site, a trading port, over the centuries. On the top of the 12 m mound there is the impressive Portuguese fort, which gave the whole site its name, qal’a (fort).

Al Jasra

A coastal village situated on the western coast of the Kingdom of Bahrain. It is situated in the Northern Governorate administrative region of the country and in the vicinity of the King Fahd Causeway. It is famous for the Aljasra handicrafts center which is considered one of the most important craft centers in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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