Do not be fooled by the tough exterior of Bahrain; like other Gulf countries, it has all the right elements - from state-of-the-art infrastructure, to gorgeous landscape, to a variety of places to see making it a must-visit place, especially for travellers who are forever looking to discover something new. Bahrain tourism is on boom like never before, and it has a lot to do with its very own Formula 1 Grand Prix, a growing art and foodie scene, and modern Arabian style.
The proximity to various emirates and important countries like Saudi Arabia and Oman along with the ease (or lack of) visa hassles also makes Bahrain, an attractive weekend option. Listed below are various things to do in Bahrain, with an intent to make the most of the time you decide to spend here.
Things to do in Bahrain - Qal’at Al-Bahrain
Whether you are a history lover or not, you must make it a point to visit Bahrain Fort or Qal'at al-Bahrain - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a prominent archaeological monument. Excavation over years have exposed many residential, commercial, public, and military structures that affirm the importance of this place. Check out the interesting display of over 500 artefacts that reveal the historical legacy of the place. Visitors also have an access to an audio guide that make the exploration of the place even more fun.
Things to do in Bahrain - Al Fateh Grand Mosque, Manama
Spread over a sprawling 6500 sq. mtrs and with a capacity to accommodate over 7000 worshippers, Al-Fateh Grand Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world. Situated along the King Faisal Highway in Juffair, the mosque was built by the late Sheikh Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifa in the year 1987. The main attraction of this beautiful structure is the gigantic dome, constructed on top of the mosque. The dome weighs over 60 tonnes and is entirely made up of fibreglass, making it the world's largest fibreglass dome. The mosque is also adorned with Italian marble floor and an Austrian chandelier. The teakwood doors from India and beautiful calligraphy writings (in a very old type of style called Kufic), only adds to its beauty.
Things to do in Bahrain - City Centre, Bahrain
A shopaholic’s haven, the city centre of Bahrain, has everything you ever needed. With 350 retail outlets, a hypermarket, a waterpark (yes! you read that right), 60+ F&B outlets and 20-screen cinema – an outing to City Centre only means a day well spent!
Things to do in Bahrain - Al Areen Wildlife Park
Fancy spending quality time with about 80 species of birds and 45 species of animals amidst some 1, 00,000 flora and trees? Who wouldn’t? A nature reserve and zoo, Al Areen Wildlife Park is located in Sakhir Bahrain and is home to various wild animals and birds. The park is spread in 800 hectares, half of which is open for public viewing. The park is currently home to animals like - Arabian Oryx, Persian gazelle, springbok, saluki dogs, fallow deer, scimitar-horned oryx, Nubian ibex, and Barbary sheep etc. The park is an excellent place to spend time at, especially, if you are travelling with kids.
Things to do in Bahrain - Al Dar Islands Bahrain
You possibly might have not heard good things about Bahrain’s beaches, but a visit to Al Dar Islands will remove all doubts creeping in your head. One of the best kept secrets of Bahrain, Al Dar Island offers exciting activities like fishing, scuba diving, boating, water sports, dolphin viewing, pearl collecting and fishing. Even though the island is flocked by locals and tourists alike, you don’t have to worry about it being overcrowded thanks to the strict limits regarding the number of visitors per day. The beaches are well-maintained and clean and famous for the beach parties.
Things to do in Bahrain - Manama Souk
Wonder what’s ‘real Bahrain’ like? There is no better way to experience it than to explore its Old Square, Manama souk, filled by goods of several descriptions, people of all nationalities, shoppers, and street vendors. Located a little further to ‘Gateway to Bahrain’- Bab Al Bahrain, Manama Souk is a perfect place to shop for clothes, tobacco, incense, spice, carpets, antiques, pearl or gold.