By: Rosette Obedoza
Everyone has their own goal when they are in a new city. Some people can’t stop studying the culture and looking for traditional activities. Others love to visit museums, national history and shopping. But for the others, they just go some place new to have a hassle-free stay and be adventurous in trying exotic food. To start the year right, we listed Top 10 things to do in Bahrain.
Al-Fatih Mosque (Great Mosque) (Manama)
It is one of the largest mosques in the world, encompassing 6,500 square meters and having the capacity to accommodate over 7,000 worshippers at a time. It was built by the late Sheikh Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifa in 1987 and was named after Ahmed Al Fateh, the founder of Bahrain. In 2006, Al-Fateh became the site of the National Library of Bahrain.
Bahrain National Museum (Manama)
It is the largest and one of the oldest public museums in Bahrain. It was built near the King Faisal Highway in Manama and opened in December 1988. The US$30 million museum complex covers 27,800 sq meters and consists of two buildings. The building contains the original nine major galleries, educational hall, gift shop and a cafeteria, in addition to administrative offices, laboratories and warehouses for the Conservation of holdings and parking.
Bahrain International Circuit (Manama)
The Bahrain International Circuit is a motor sport venue opened in 2004 and used for drag racing, GP2 Series and the annual Bahrain Grand Prix. The 2004 Grand Prix was the first held in the Middle East. It hosted a number of high profile series, including the FIA Formula One World Championship, the FIA World Endurance Championship, the GP2 Series, Chevrolet Lumina Series, Thunder Arabia and Radical. Also every year there is the traditional 24 Hours of Bahrain.
Qalat al Bahrain (Manama)
It also known as the Bahrain Fort or Fort of Bahrain and previously as the Portugal Fort (Qal'at al Portugal) is an archaeological site located in Bahrain, on the Arabian Peninsula. Archaeological excavations carried out since 1954 have unearthed antiquities from an artificial mound of 12 m (39 ft) height containing seven stratified layers, created by various occupants from 2300 BC up to the 18th century, including Kassites, Greeks, Portuguese and Persians. It was once the capital of the Dilmun civilization and was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.
Bab el-Bahrain Souk (Manama)
Bab Al Bahrain literally means Gateway of Bahrain. It is is a historical building located in the Customs Square in Manama's former central business district. It marks the main entrance to the Manama Souq. Designed by Sir Charles Belgrave, adviser to the Emir and completed in 1949, Bab Al Bahrain once stood close to the water's edge. Due to extensive land reclamation in the later years, the sea is located a few kilometers north.
Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park (Manama)
Set as Bahrain's biggest waterpark, It covers an overall area of approximately 77,000 square metres, with a built-up area of 45,000 square metres and about 20,000 square metres. Each aspect of the park is based on the history of the Dilmun period, reflected by unique stone sculptures and architecture that encompasses the theme. Over 18 slides and attractions are blended seamlessly to create a desert oasis and garden of paradise for guests to enjoy
Wahooo! Waterpark (Manama)
It is the first ever indoor-outdoor waterpark that offers amazing water activates. Slides, splash, rides and other attractions suitable for all ages. It set over a whopping 15,000 square-meters, Wahooo! guarantees hours of joy and is a major fun destination if looking for things to do in Bahrain.
Royal Camel Farm (Manama)
It is the home to 600+ camels. It this Bahrain attraction on the outskirts of Manama is more of working farm than a tourist trap. It is a hobby farm started by the uncle of the King, Sheikh Mohammed.
Seef Mall (Manama)
Seef Mall is the second largest mall in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It is located in the Seef district of the capital city, Manama. The Seef Mall is directly connected to Fraser Suites at the western end of the mall.
Tree Of Life (Manama)
The Tree of Life (Shajarat-al-Hayat) in Bahrain is an approximately 400-year-old, 9.75 m (32 ft) high Prosopis cineraria tree located 2 km (1.2 mi) from Jebel Dukhan. It is the only major tree growing in the area, and approximately visited by approximately 50,000 tourists every year. It is very popular because it is believed to be growing in the middle of nowhere, with no water source and has never been watered once throughout history. Bahrain also has little to no rain throughout the year. As a result, it is also believed to be the site for cults practicing ancient rites.
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