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Bait al Quran

Housed in a spectacular Arabic script engraved building, this distinguished museum showcases a significant collection of Quranic manuscripts and scriptures dating back to the 7th century

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Souqs & Markets

Bahrain has a number of traditional souqs, a trip to the island kingdom would not be complete without wandering through one of these market places, breathing in the aroma of spices and haggling over souvenirs with the local traders. The largest is located in the centre of Manama, and contains spices, clothes, gold and of course natural Bahraini pearls. The souq in Muhurraq is famous for its sweets, a local delicacy all visitors should taste.

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Block 338

Bahrain has a thriving café and restaurant culture, Block 338 is a charming pedestrian quarter crammed with international restaurants, art galleries and small boutiques. At its heart you’ll find Al Riwaq Gallery, showcasing the best art from both Bahrain’s burgeoning scene and from around the world. Make sure you ask your waiter what’s on as you dine out, as many of the restaurants host live music and dancing events on different nights each week. For the image you any of these

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Manama

Manama, the modern capital of the Arabian Gulf island nation of Bahrain, has been at the centre of major trade routes since antiquity. Its acclaimed Bahrain National Museum showcases artifacts from the ancient Dilmun civilization that flourished in the region for millennia. The city's thriving Bab el-Bahrain Souq offers wares from colorful handwoven fabrics and spices to pearls.

Qal'at al-Bahrain

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

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Bahrain National Museum

The Bahrain National Museum is the crowning achievement of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s ongoing efforts to preserve the nation’s heritage and history; Efforts which began in 1957 when the first exhibition of the artefacts discovered by the Danish archaeological expedition was held at Al-Hidaya Al-Khalifiya in Muharraq.

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Shaikh Isa Bin Ali House

The House of Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa was once a royal residence and the seat of his government. Today, this beautiful house offers insight into royal life in 19th century Bahrain. It consists of several rooms arranged around four courtyards and characterized by its wind towers, a primitive and ingenious form of air conditioning. It is situated on Muhurraq island and is considered one of the most impressive examples of Gulf Islamic architecture in the Kingdom.

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The Pearling Trail

Embark upon a fascinating journey through the country’s pearl trading history and follow in the footsteps of the esteemed jewellery designer Jacques Cartier by visiting the countries second UNESCO world heritage site in the ancient capital of Muhurraq. The site includes a collection of listed buildings, predominantly old merchant’s houses that have been lovingly restored to their former glory, each one is an opulent example of Arabic architecture.

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Bahrain International Circuit

Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) is an ultramodern motorsport facility that is located in the heart of the Sakhir desert. Designed by the renowned German engineer Hermann Tilke, the circuit incorporates many features of local culture

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Island Hopping

A short boat could take you to explore the other islands that make up the archipelago of Bahrain. Visit one pf these stunning islands at a time or combine them into an island hopping tour. The nearest getaway are the Al Dar islands, a family friendly beach resort with an array of water sports for you to try. For pure paradise head to Jarada Island, a stunning tidal island that appears and disappears with the ebb of the tide, or visit Hawar Islands where you can look out for the dolphins who play in the calm Gulf seas while flamingos stalk through the shallow waters.

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Pearl Diving

For more than 2000 years, Bahrain’s pearls have been prized as some of the best natural pearls in the world. In the past, pearl divers spent months away from home at sea. They were lowered on weighted ropes and remained underwater for over a minute with nothing but a nose peg to control their breathing.

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Arabian Horse Riding

The pure blood Arabian horse is a breed like no other, elegant and nimble, they are part of the history of Bahrain. You can also become a part of this history as you embark on an Arabian horse riding experience through some of Bahrain’s oldest cultural sites. Begin at the Equestrian Centre where you will meet Bahrainis who’s horse breeding history dates back generations, pass by traditional Bahraini villages before riding up to Qal’at al-Bahrain, a UNESCO World Heritage site over 5000 years old for a picturesque sunset over the sea.

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Bahrain F1 Grand Prix

Formula 1’s favourite night race is back and Bahrain International Circuit is happy to host another brilliant spectacle under the desert stars. “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East” will be front and centre once again on the international stage, with the 2019 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix grabbing the global spotlight from March 28 to 31. Aside from Formula 1, a number of international support series will also be taking to the tarmac; while a wide variety of off-track family entertainment will keep race-goers coming back for more throughout the three-day extravaganza.

March 28 - 31
6:00PM
Bahrain International Circuit

Bahrain Food Festival

Bahrain Food Festival is a culinary celebration that showcases the kingdom’s emergence and will offer visitors quality driven and unique repertoire of international and cultural cuisine along with a schedule of live entertainment suitable for the whole family. The festival will run daily from 5:00pm to 10:00pm including a live cooking session, magic shows and other entertainment sessions.

Feb 21 - Mar 8
TBC
Block 338 Adliya
Free

Spring of Culture

For over a decade Bahrain’s ‘Spring of Culture’ has put the island kingdom on the map as a niche arts hub and this year is no exception. The season kicks off in February and runs through to April with a fantastic array of exhibitions, lectures, concerts, films screenings, dance performances and more. Whether it be enjoying one of the many street theatre performances, listening to a quirky book reading or dancing the night away at a concert, Bahrain’s ‘Spring of Culture’ has an experience for everyone

March
TBC
TBC
TBC

Visiting Bahrain later in the year? Not to worry!

There are plenty more events in Bahrain you can enjoy

Bahrain Sea Festival

Bahrain Sea Festival will be celebrating Bahrain’s link to the sea, tying it with the heritage and traditions of dhow making, pearling and fishing and the contribution of these activities to the growth of the kingdom in early years. The highlight of the festival will be a parade led by traditional dhows creating a colourful flotilla. Come head to Bahrain Bay and enjoy their 3rd in a row sea-themed adventure on the island

October
TBC
Bahrain Bay
Free

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