Visit Bahrain

Known as the pearl of the Gulf, Bahrain’s reputation as a relatively liberal and modern island has made it a favourite with travellers in the region.

Bahrain has a central geographic location to the Gulf states of Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Arab Emirates and is physically connected by road to Saudi Arabia – Saudi Aramco’s headquarters and the region’s largest single market.

The island also offers a rich variety of recreational opportunities – from shopping, to world class restaurants to history and culture. To discover more visit www.bahrain.com

DataDescription
Full NameKingdom of Bahrain
Area707 sq km (273 sq miles)
Population668,000
Capital CityManama
Time ZoneGMT/UTC +3
LanguagesArabic (official); English (widely spoken)
CurrencyBahrain Dinar (BD)

Things to do in Bahrain

The Bahrain National Museum is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bahrain, and is a good place to start for an intriguing introduction to the sights of the country. The museum showcases archaeological finds from ancient Dilmun, Bahrain’s pearl diving history and a thoughtful narrative on the island’s contemporary culture.

The Grand Mosque is one of the largest buildings in the country and is capable of holding up to 7,000 worshippers. Officially known as Al-Fatih Mosque, visitors are welcome (except during prayer times) and informative guides will explain aspects of Islamic faith while pointing out special features of mosque architecture.

Beit al-Quran is a fine example of modern Bahraini architecture. It was opened in 1990 as a museum and research centre, and houses a large and striking collection of Qurans, manuscripts and woodcarvings. It functions as a good introduction to Islam in general, and Islamic calligraphy in particular.

Muharraq was the old capital of Bahrain and centre of major public and governmental projects. In the past decade, the district’s traditional houses have been restored, each dedicated to an aspect of Bahrain’s cultural heritage. At the heart of them is the Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Centre for Culture and Research, established as a forum for dialogue between people in philosophy, literature, poetry, culture and the arts. Nearby are other houses such as the Seyadi House that show Bahrain’s cultural heritage.

Al Areen Sanctuary Park & Reserve is a reserve with free roaming birds and animals that are native to the Gulf region, such as pelicans, flamingos, swans, gazelles, oryx, wild sheep, ostriches and goats. Guided mini-van tours are arranged throughout the day for visitors.

Bahrain F1 International circuit, “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East”, is open for business every day of the year and boasts, among other facilities, a brand new Karting Circuit that is one of the leading tracks of its kind in the world. As well as the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, the circuit hosts high-level international events and has also hosted the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East series, the CIK-FIA U18 World Karting Championships and an FIA World Endurance Championship event (a series that includes the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours race).

Manama Souk lies in the warren of streets behind Bab al-Bahrain and is the place to go for electronic goods, bargain clothing, nuts, spices and a plethora of other Bahraini essentials.

Al Khamis Mosque is believed to be the first mosque built in Bahrain. It is considered to be one of the oldest relics of Islam in the region, and the foundation of the mosque is believed to have been laid as early as 692 AD.

Tree of Life stands alone in middle of the desert. Viewed a natural wonder, it is believed to be over 500 years old and survives without a known source of water.

Arad Fort also known as the Portuguese Fort and Qal’at Al-Bahrain, is the country’s main archaeological site. During excavations seven layers of occupation have been discovered, the earliest dating from 2800 BC.