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With a diverse ethnic culture, Bahrain is a popular holiday destination in the Middle East. Apart from the extraordinary mosques, contemporary markets, and funeral mounds, Bahrain is world famous for its pearl industry too.

This land of pearls is a prevalent tourist destination amid the travelers seeking interesting and engaging attractions and is able to meet the expectations of tourists to the fullest. A huge number of tourists visit the country all through the year to see the collapsed ruins of the old Dilmun civilizations, see the fortress of Qalat Al Bahrain, and enjoy their vacations with the picturesque desert towns and craft centers that enrich the country.

1. Soak in the shimmering Manama

Skyline of Manama at night. Bahrain, Middle East — Photo by philipus

Skyline of Manama at night. Bahrain, Middle East — Photo by Philipus

Manama is a wealthy historic city with a rich heritage and an appealing culture. Though initially, Manama probably won’t appear to be extremely energizing, if one keenly observes the city, he or she will notice the soul of the city beneath the sparkling structures. In the raw souks, another Manama can be witnessed with all the spices, pearls and dazzling floor coverings.

You can likewise travel to the Bahrain National Museum to get an insight of the Portuguese and Persian era. During your visit, you can also visit shopping malls and accommodate yourself in one of its many luxury resorts.

2. Visit the multicultural city, Madinat Hamad

Madinat Hamad is named after the current king Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifah. The unique fact about the city is that it is inhabited by multicultural ethnicities where none of the ethnic groups has major population.

This is a novice town that was built with an aim to accommodate the increasing number of residents, and it is encompassing many beautiful houses featuring typical architecture. During the trip to the city, one can also visit the Kanoo Mosque that is located in the northern part of town. Madinat Hamad is natively called as Hamad town.

3. Observe the handicraft at A’ali and Al Jasra

Al Jasra, Bahrain -Artisans at work in the Traditional Craft Center. — Photo by giuseppemasci.me.com

Al Jasra, Bahrain -Artisans at work in the Traditional Craft Center. — Photo by giuseppemasci.me.com

Located in the northern part of the main island, A’ali is the biggest town in Bahrain. The city is popular for its burial mounds of the ancient era. The mounds can be located throughout the central part of the city. Cultural artefacts that were found in the burial mounds are kept in the museum and are dedicated to the history of the mounds.

If you are a lover of handicraft, you should definitely visit this place, as here you can find pottery boutiques that are known for handicrafts prepared by the native people. One can also look for handicrafts in Al Jasra, which is situated on the western coast of the chief island of the country. In fact, Al Jasra is famous for the conventional handicraft center where the native craftsmen work on traditional arts and crafts including pottery and weaving. For relaxation, there is a garden in the middle of the center too.

4. Admire the traditional architecture Of Madinat Isa

The National Museum of Bahrain in Manama — Photo by philipus


The National Museum of Bahrain in Manama — Photo by philipus

Madinat Isa is another Town of Bahrain situated in the southwest of Manama. This city is the neighboring city of A’ali. The unique thing that you’ll witness here is the highest number of schools. This area in the country comprises of most number of schools, and there are upscale villas that coexist with schools.

Apart from the Persian market in the town, travelers can find almost all sorts of local food, carpets and other handicrafts. The aesthetic beauty of the place can soothe your eyes with the contemporary architecture of these establishments. The campus of the University of Bahrain is here and there are more than 450 shops here.

5. Enjoy the serenity of nature Al Budaiya

Al Budaiya is a coastal town where you can get the glance of activities like pearl diving and fishing. These activities were initiated in the early 20th century. The serenity of the palm trees and the harmony of vegetation can be enjoyed here. Al Budaiya is recognized as one of the most fertile lands of the country.

6. Observe the typical Bahraini architecture in Riffa

Historic Riffa Fort illuminated at night. Kingdom of Bahrain, Middle East — Photo by philipus

Historic Riffa Fort illuminated at night. Kingdom of Bahrain, Middle East — Photo by Philipus

Riffa is situated in the center of main Bahrain. The place is the hub of century old historic heritage sites, including the 19th century Riffa Fort. The fort was built in archetypal Bahraini architecture, which is made of clay.

If you want to shop small gifts for your family and friends, then Riffa Bazaar and the Bukuwara Street Market are the best places to visit. Buy some souvenirs like craft or clothing items or small pottery objects here.

 

Anwaar is a freelance writer from the Middle East, who has explored many countries throughout the Middle East and Asia.

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The photo in the header above was taken by Galsand of the Fort of the Bahrain ruin with the capital city of Manama, Bahrain, in the distance. Also called Qalat al-Bahrain, it’s a UNESCO heritage site that has been occupied since 2300 BC.

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The island country of Bahrain in the Middle East is known as the pearl of the Persian Gulf.

The island country of Bahrain in the Middle East is known as the pearl of the Persian Gulf.

The island country of Bahrain in the Middle East is known as the pearl of the Persian Gulf.

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