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Bahrain is our country!

While the name of the Kingdom of Bahrain may be clear, it actually refers to the unique natural phenomenon where freshwater springs spring up in the middle of the Arabian Gulf to create a natural habitat for the rarest species of pearls. The island is known by several ancient names: Delmon, Tylos, Mendos, Awal and Bahrain as it is now known.

About Bahrain

Area: Bahrain is an island country with an area of 770 square kilometers (an archipelago consisting of more than 33 islands).

Capital: Manama, located north of the main island.

Religion : The Kingdom of Bahrain accommodates many religions the basic of which is Islam. Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism do exist in Bahrain.

Currency : Bahraini Dinar (BD) (0.376 BD equals 1 USD equals) - Fixed exchange rate.

Time zone : Located between East and West, three hours before GMT (GMT +3).

Languages : Arabic is the official language and English is spoken widely to communicate with non-Arabs.

Climate : The climate of Bahrain is dry, with a low annual precipitation (70.88 mm) and irregular.

The history of the Kingdom of Bahrain dates back to ancient times. It is believed that the Sumerians of Mesopotamia (Iraq now) were the first to discover the art of writing, carving ancient human adventures on clay tablets for more than 5,000 years ago.

These stories include the story of Prophet Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden peace be upon them, Noah and the Great Flood and the epic of Gilgamesh where Bahrain was first mentioned and known at that time as "Delmon." Thus, one can conclude that the Kingdom of Bahrain was not only present since prehistoric times, but also was very well known in the old time.

Highlights of Bahrain

Bahrain World Trade Center

"Bahrain World Trade Center towers was inspired by the traditional Arabian ""Wind Towers"" in that the very shape of the buildings harness the unobstructed prevailing onshore breeze from the Gulf, providing a renewable source of energy for the project. The Bahrain World Trade Center (BWTC) is an iconic landmark situated at the heart of the leading financial and business hub. Overlooking the Manama waterfront, this state-of-the-art structure comprises two 44-storey sail shaped office towers, the five-star Sheraton Hotel, as well as MODA Mall - Bahrain’s only luxury shopping destination which is home to over 150 high profile retail brands as well as a host of modern cafes and exciting fine dining eateries. Offering spectacular views of the sea and the Manama cityscape, the BWTC provides leading regional and international organizations with a world-class business address. Bahrain’s first intelligent building, the BWTC is also the world's first skyscraper to incorporate wind turbines in its design contributing towards the total power consumption of the towers. "

Bahrain National Museum

The museum was inaugurated in 1988 by the late Emir Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa. Built on a central location between Manama _ and Muharraq, Bahrain National Museum houses 9 main halls, and classifies the accumulated heritage of the Kingdom of Bahrain into 6 different sections.

Castle of Sheikh Salman bin Ahmed Al-Fateh

The castle of Sheikh Salman bin Ahmed Al Fateh, known as Riffa Castle, is one of Bahrain's historic landmarks due to its strategic location. It had witnessed the most important turning points in the history of Bahrain, where the memory of the ruling family of Bahrain and the family of Al Khalifa, is living through its beautiful architecture.

Bab Al Bahrain

Bab al Bahrain — which means Gateway of Bahrain — marks the main entrance to the Manama Suq. Bab al Bahrain ground floor houses the tourist information office and shop brimming with guidebooks, handicrafts and natural pearls for sale. This might be a good first stop for tourists. Taxis are readily available here for transport back to your hotel or ship. The Suq's bustling marketplace with its traditional and contemporary shops recently completed two phases of renovation. The prime goal of the project, initiated under the directives of His Royal Highness Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, was to rebrand the Manama suq into a significant and self-sufficient urban center,according to officials, by returning the suq ""back to its prominence within the daily fabric of life in Bahrain.

Block 338

Located in the heart of Manama, Block 338 is a charming pedestrian quarter crammed with international restaurants art galleries and boutique shops. As Bahrain’s hot dining district, Block 338 offers a wide range of restaurants appealing to all ages and taste, be it for a fancy meal, traditional Bahraini food or just a soothing drink. In addition to this distinguished easting experience, Block 338 has a number of good retail opportunities tucked into its side streets and has grown over the years into a vibrant space for art lovers.

Bahrain Bay

The Bahrain Bay development is the result of a unique and distinctive vision.In creating a metropolis for the 21st century, The Kingdom of Bahrain aims to create a world-class destination which blends perfectly with its surrounding environment. Diversity of style and design is of paramount importance in creating an environment which is stimulating, surprising and alive. Bahrain Bay is creating varied and distinctive districts and neighbourhoods. Bahrain Bay goal is to create a development that respects its unique environment and shows its commitment to sustainability. Using state of the art technologies in its construction and infrastructure it is the intention to make Bahrain Bay a development that will safeguard the region's environmental well-being for generations to come.

Bahrain Castle and Museum

"Known as Dilmun in ancient times, Bahrain’s rich trading history is reflected in numerous archaeological sites, the most fascinating of which is the Bahrain Fort site that is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The fort is located atop a 17.5 hectare artificial hill that has been built over more than 4000 years of continuous occupation. It is the site of the former capital of Dilmun and one of the most archaeological sites in the Arabian Gulf. The excavations over the past 50 years have revealed residential, public, commercial and military structures that testify to the importance of the site over the centuries. These findings are brought to life by an audio guide available at the site museum. Open to the public since 2008, the site museum display area consists of 5 exhibition halls organized around a massive Tell Wall. With 500 artefacts showcased, the long settlement history of the site is evoked to the unique backdrop of the wall, which recreates the different archaeological layers uncovered at the site. The seaside café of the museum offers a stunning view over the fort and the surrounding palm groves. The castle also houses the Saffron Cafe, which overlooks the view of the scenic Al-Haniniya Valley, creating an ideal atmosphere for visitors combining the history of the original site with its distinctive environment. "

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Amwaj Islands

Amwaj Islands are a group of man-made islands connected to Muharraq Island by two causeways about 10.5 km away. This tourist attraction consists of six islands each of which was designed to feature a different life experience. Amwaj Islands are a great place on the beach, perfect for residential use well-supplied with infrastructures such as electricity, roads, and sewage as well as vibrant with commercial markets and restaurants.

The islands are characterized by their calm blue waters, clear skies, and the pure breeze. A community of diverse nationalities inhabit Amwaj Islands and they live together in perfect harmony.

Activities to do in Amwaj

Activities in Bahrain

Shopping in Bahrain

Al Aali Shopping Complex

Offering contemporary convenience, sophisticated amenities & renowned brands, Al Aali Shopping Complex takes the concept of shopping to higher levels of pure glamour, modern chic and timeless luxury. The complex features some of the most internationally & locally famed designer labels in fashion, accessories, bags & shoes, jewellery, home, cuisine and more.

Bahrain City Center

Strategically located on Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa Highway in the heart of Manama, Bahrain City Centre introduced a world-class retail ambience and hundreds of other ‘firsts’ to the Kingdom including 150 of its over 350 internationally brands making their debut in the country. Variety of family entertainment includes a water park, cinema complex and over 50 food courts from all over the world.

Seef Mall

Bahrain’s first authentic mall, Seef Mall is a premier family shopping hub and entertainment destination. It is widely known for its distinctive architecture and a stimulating ambience. It is located in Seef District, with an area of 135,000 square meters. It attracts 20,000 visitors a week. Seef Mall houses 370 outlets with world-class retail, fashion and jewelry brands. It also has a selection of over 55 restaurants, food stalls, coffee shops and cafes in two food courts.

The Avenues - Bahrain

The first commercial and entertainment mall of its kind in the kingdom with a unique seafront location extending 1.5 km, The Avenues is slated to open in October with 50 percent of its retail space has been allocated for restaurants and cafes overlooking the Gulf of Bahrain. The Avenues adds a new concept to shopping in Bahrain through its design inspired by the Avenues - Kuwait so that visitors feel they are at the outdoors while they are inside.

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Location andPublic Transportation

Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC) Building 158, Avenue 28, Sanabis, Block 410

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