Things to Do
Bahrain Finance Centre
Pearl Roundabout No More
Fun nightlife, friendly people, good shopping, great food
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,...
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...
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...
Gulf Hotel Bahrain
5 Reviews and 200 Opinions this hotel would make you happy for sure, the staff so pleasant, the amenities are plentiful, gift...
extrovert cafe: 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!
the meat @ co: 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...
maki: 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...
saffron cafe: 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...
JJ's Irish Pub & Restaurant: 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...
Fiddler's Green: 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...
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...
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...
Moda Mall: 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...
manama souq: 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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
bridge to saudi arabia
The King Fahd Causeway is the causeway-bridge which links Saudi Arabia to Bahrain. Half-way along it there is the official border point but just before there is a parking lot with a panoramic tower and a restaurant in there. We went at sunset and could catch a glimpse of...
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...
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...
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