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  • National Museum

    Bahrain National Museum is a great place to visit, especially on Friday when almost everything else is closed - or else to spend some nice time while avoiding the city centre clashes (2012), This first-class museum opened in 1988 and focuses on the history of the country, which is actually more than pearls and oil. The exhibit on the Dilmun burial...

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  • Isa ibn Ali Al Khalifa house

    Isa ibn Ali Al Khalifa house is the house of former ruler Isa ibn Ali Al Khalifa and it is located in the Muharraq district. He ruled Bahrain from 1869 until his death in 1932 - thus making him one the longest reigning monarchs of the region - though offically he stopped ruling in 1923, when the British forced him to abdicate... local people,...

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  • Kurar house

    Hidden away in one of the tiny alleys in Muharraq, you can visit the very interesting Kurar house. This house, one of the areas restored traditional houses, has become the home of Kurar... Kurar is a traditional form of embroidery using a golden thread, so this home is now both a museum AND a place where older women display their art and try to...

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  • Siyadi House

    Siyadi House, also known as Bayt Siyadi is one of Muharraqs many restored ancient homes ad historic buildings. This is what guidebooks said... but when we arrived there we discovered that this restored house was... well, being re-restored and it was closed to the public. You can however admire this amazing building from the outside, and if you walk...

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  • Arad Fort

    Arad Fort, located not too far from Manama airport, is a 15th century fort built before the Portuguese invasion. it is an islamic fort - one of the countrys many defensive forts - and it is built mainly in coral stone. The plant of the fort is square with a tower in each corner and a trench all around it. Unfrtunately the fort is a bit of a empty...

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  • Beit al-Quran

    Beit al-Quran is the house of the Quran, a 1990 museum dedicated all to the Holy Quran. The main point of visiting it is to take in the sight of ancient manuscripts from all over the Islamic World (including one only 4.7cm by 3.2cm.), but there are also other artefacts on display. This is the place to admire Islamic calligraphy at its best.

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Manama Restaurants

  • to shisha to end all shishas

    We found this amazing open-air place inside an old courtyard by talking a walk in the adliya area. Packed with local coupples and group of friends, it is a great place to smoke a flavoured shisha. Apple-flavoured shisha... not too strong, and not too weak. Just perfect!

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  • nice lebanese place for shisha

    We went to Gabriella only for tea - and ended up staying for a yummy dessert and a strong (but good) shisha. Umm Ali - an Egyptian bread pudding. served warm.

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  • a south african meat restaurant

    A fancy place in Adliya, specialized in meat... in particular beed from either south africa, the USA or Australia. All cooked on charcoal. Difficult to choose from. If the weather is not too hot you can go to the top floor: it is outside and has good views over the surrounding area. Australian gold beef fillet - possibly the most tender meat I...

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  • the best sushi ever...

    Located in the very posh Moda Mall in the World Trade Center, Maki is the best Japanese sushi restaurant I have been to. The reason is simple, next to your usual sushi and sashimi, you can find innovative fish and seafood combinations, including the very scenic Fuji sushi served in small glasses. Very tiny rolls of white fish rolled up around...

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  • an fantastic old-new cafe

    What a lovely fancy place... we fell in love with it from the moment we walked into it.. and we were not really looking for it. We just wanted a cup of coffee and well, a toilet-stop. Someone took us there, following some tiny winding alleys - it was a bit of a maze getting there (and getting out).What a lovely comfy coffee place, inside an old...

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  • delicious pizza, italian style

    Hidden away in one of the back alleys in Adlyia, MIno serves Italian food and delicious pizzas. It is also one of the few places which has an outside terrace with tables, so you can have your dinner in the open air. The interior looks like an Italian bistro, vaguely... it has the feel of a simple restaurant with home made meals. it is not so, of...

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Manama Nightlife

  • One of the most popular bars in Bahrain

    To drink a beer with some expats, especially British ones, this might be the right place for you. As Bahrain really doesn't have any Irish tradition, this place is as plastic paddy as it could be. However, it is one of the oldest Irish pubs in the Gulf region and well-known in Bahrain. The pub serves food but is more a beer and cider place. Usual...

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  • Irish Bar in the Radisson Blu Hotel

    Not the greatest bar I have ever been in, but still a good hotel bar and a nice place to end an evening. Fiddler's Green is one of the bars of the Radisson Blu Hotel (The Diplomat) and offers a clean enivronment, sport on the telly and a choice of beers and other alcoholic beverages comparable to other hotel bars in the world. As I said, it's a...

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  • Nightlife-The Harvester

    It is all about the music here. The Harvester boasts one of the best live bands on the island who would probably do well in Europe or the States. They do great renditions of other people's popular songs.

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Manama Transportation

  • Manama-Dammam-Manama Shuttle Service

    4 Departures per day each way via King Fahad Causeway4.000 BD oneway 8.000 BD round tripFrom the Parking Lot opposite Gulf Gate Hotel, MAnama Central

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  • Airport Taxi

    From Airport to Central Manama (Bahrain International Hotel/Bab al Bahrain) BD4 .00 to 7.00 Around US$10.00 to 18.00 which is quite high considering the distance from Airport to CBD.Now the impliment the Meter with Airport Surcharge BD2.00 Plus the meter and BD1.00 Plus Meter for the Taxi's waiting outside Hotels in the City. Flag Fall is BD1.00...

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  • Taxis in Manama

    Taxis are the most comfortable and easy way to get around in Manama and Muharraq. Due to lack of serious alternatives, they are often also the only way to get around. Manama from/to Bahrain Fort, the airport or Muharraq is usually around 5 BHD (as of 2012). Inner-city trips range usually around 2 or 3 BHD. Note that there are night supplements and...

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Manama Shopping

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  • a high-end luxury shopping mall

    Moda Mall is a mall that is easy to miss. It is located inside the World trade Centre - which we often stopped to admire but failed to notice it also hosted a high-end luxury mall. POssibly because the location looked so unnatural.Name a very expensive brand, and you-ll find it there. Well, name 160 if you want. They are all there. Of course, we...

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  • a traditional yet modern souq

    The souq behind Bab al bahrain is Manama old souq, though you will not find there old charm or old buildings. Some of the alleys are open to traffic, which take away part of charm, as you need to pay attention not to be run over. The spices area is quite nice and prices are correct - saffron is really good value and merchants are really...

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  • Shopping in Bahrain

    We asked for the best Mall in town and we've been told that Bahrain city center is the one to go!The Mall was huge but for that size there wasn't many stores or restaurants.they have Chili's and Carfour which is cool. It's very expensive country so Shopping there is not a good idea unless you live there. We were just returning from Kuala Lumbur and...

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Manama Local Customs

  • Shiite signage

    The Shi'a have a well-developed tradition of religious iconography. Their use of various images for religious motifs is not unlike that of Catholics or Orthodox Christians, although the other-worldly qualities of the faces of the figures depicted is more reminiscent of Orthodox icons than paintings by the Flemish masters. The most prominent figures...

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  • Graffiti

    During the protests and, to a lesser extent, since the crackdown, youth have vented their anger through graffiti. Much of the graffiti is painted over, but in some towns it remains up, or is put up again. If you can read Arabic, it is interesting to see just how much the Bahraini youth have been affected by the protests in other countries - likely...

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Manama Warnings and Dangers

  • cars only, please...

    this is definitely not a country for pedestrians... there are virtually no zebra crossings - or better we saw one and no driver care to slow down (let alone stop) to give way to pedestrians. If you decide to walk anywhere be aware that suddenly the pavement you are walking on disappears and you are stuck by the side of a road which looks exactly...

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  • Protestor Roadblocks

    The roadblocks that were erected by protestors are now largely dismantled, but given that they were made of ordinary materials, it is likely that the barricades could be manned on short notice. By the middle of March, these obstacles were pretty much all over the island and were created by both pro- and anti-government groups. Many were manned by...

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  • Military and Police Checkpoints

    After the protests, Bahraini military and police set up many checkpoints throughout the island and especially in Manama. These checkpoints have now disappeared from Manama, except for the bridge to the airport, and for the entrance to the airport itself. There are also checkpoints going into Sanabis and towards the north-west of the island. Parts...

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Manama Tourist Traps

  • Al Jasra Handicraft Center

    It has 'bite sized' exhibits of local handicrafts. The items for sale are expensive even if the quality is good. It is good if you only have one day to see everything. I suggest taking the time to see the handicrafts (pottery, weaving, dhow making) being done in their original locations. In the same area is the birthplace of the Amir. It is a...

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  • Taxi drivers

    Taxi drivers are required by law to use their meters, only two companies that i know of strictly adbide by this rule. radio meter taxi and bahrain limo. You have to call these companies by phone and sometimes have a wait but it will save you a ton of money. If you are forced to use the taxis with orange hoods and bumpers, you have to haggle prices...

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Manama Off The Beaten Path

  • camel farm

    Definitely not a visit I would recommend... near the Saudi bridge it is possible to stop and visit a large camel farm. There are over 600 camels there which belong to the Emir.. We asked what he would do with them, and the answer was simple: nothing. Camels are his passion so he herds them... and occasionally races them. The problem is that they...

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  • first oil well and museum

    Out in the middle of nowhere in the Southern Governorate, it is possible to see the first oil well found in the country - and the attached museum next door should give you all the relevant information, except for the fact that no one knows when it is open. What you can see, however, is a tiny building that back in 1932 when oil was first pumped,...

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  • Bahrain Fort

    Qal'at al-Bahrain is better known as Bahrain Fort or Portuguese Fort and it is located outside Manama. It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.The fort is huge with walls as high as 12 metres and dating back to 2300 BC. In fact, before the Portuguese gave it its actual shape (in the 14th century), older populations built on this...

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Manama Favorites

  • Pearl Roundabout

    This is the best-known roundabout in Manama and in Bahrain and one which made it into the world news. Pearl Roundabout was the centre during the Bahraini prostests of the Arab Spring in 2011 and the conflict is - as of 2012 - still going on. Protesters had occupied the square for several weeks in February and March 2011 until the square was cleared...

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  • The Royal Family

    During the Bahrain uprisings, the Royal Family as been subject to criticism of the Shiite majority. Demonstrations didn't only take place at the Pearl Roundabout, but also in front of Gudaibiya Palace, the city centre residence of the Al Chalifa Family. I do not want to criticize the Royal Family or judge any side in this conflict. So please, for...

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