Top 10 things to do in Bahrain

Bahrain

A small island country situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf. Manama, Muharraq, Bahrain Island.

Bahrain is a country.

Bahrain (i/bɑːˈreɪn/; Arabic: ‏البحرين‎  al-Baḥrayn; Persian: ‏بحرین‎ Bahreyn), officially the Kingdom of Bahrain (Arabic: مملكة البحرين‎  Mamlakat al-Baḥrayn), is a small island country situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf. It is an archipelago with Bahrain Island, the largest land mass, at 55 km (34 mi) long by 18 km (11 mi) wide. Saudi Arabia lies to the west and is connected to Bahrain by the King Fahd Causeway while Iran lies 200 km (124 mi) to the north across the Persian Gulf. The peninsula of Qatar is to the southeast across the Gulf of Bahrain. The population in 2010 stood at 1,234,571, including 666,172 non-nationals.

Bahrain is the site of the ancient land of the Dilmun civilisation. Bahrain was one of the earliest areas to convert to Islam in 628 AD. Following a period of Arab rule, Bahrain was occupied by the Portuguese in 1521, who in turn were expelled in 1602 by Shah Abbas I of the Safavid empire. In 1783, the Bani Utbah clan captured Bahrain from Nasr Al-Madhkur and has since been ruled by the Al Khalifa royal family, with Ahmed al Fateh as Bahrain's first hakim. In the late 1800s, following successive treaties with the British, Bahrain became a protectorate of the United Kingdom. In 1971, Bahrain declared independence. Formerly a state, Bahrain was declared a Kingdom in 2002. Since early 2011, the country has experienced sustained protests and unrest inspired by the regional Arab Spring, particularly by the majority Shia population.

Bahrain has the first post-oil economy in the Persian Gulf. Since the late 20th century, Bahrain has invested in the banking and tourism sectors. The country's capital, Manama, is home to many large financial structures. Bahrain has a high Human Development Index (ranked 48th in the world) and was recognised by the World Bank as a high income economy. The United States designated Bahrain a major non-NATO ally in 2001. As of October 2014[update], Bahrain is ruled by an "authoritarian regime" and is rated as "Not Free" by the U.S.-based non-governmental Freedom House.

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Top 10 things to do in Bahrain

Zallaq

Zallaq
Al Zallaq is a village on the western coast of Bahrain. Al Zallaq was the home to the Al-Dawasir,AL-Zeabi and Algahtam tribe in Bahrain together with Al-Budayyi'and Juzur Hawar. It ...

Riffa

Riffa
Riffa is the second largest city in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Riffa is divided into two parts; East Riffa and West Riffa. The city is mainly located in the Central ...

Sitra

Sitra
Sitra is an island in the Central Governorate of Bahrain, just east of Bahrain Island in Persian Gulf. It lies south of Manama and Nabih Saleh. The island's western coast ...

A'ali

A'ali
A'ali is one of the biggest towns in Bahrain. It was formerly a part of the municipality of Mintaqah but since 2001 lies within the Central Governorate. A'ali is famous ...

Muharraq

Muharraq
Muharraq is Bahrain's third largest city and served as its capital until 1923 when it was replaced by Manama.The city is located on Muharraq Island and has long been a ...

Al Areen Wildlife Park

Al Areen Wildlife Park
Al Areen Wildlife Park is a nature reserve and zoo, located in Sakhir, Bahrain. It is one of five other protected areas in the country and it is the only ...

Manama

Manama
Manama is the capital and largest city of Bahrain, with an approximate population of 157,000 people. Long an important trading center in the Persian Gulf, Manama is home to a ...

Seef

Seef
Seef is a suburban neighborhood in Manama, the capital city of Bahrain. The word 'seef' means coast or shore in the Gulf Arabic lexicon, similar to 'sahel'.Seef is a result ...

Al Hidd

Al Hidd
To be distinguished from Ras al Hadd , a district with a famous turtle breeding beach in Oman Al Hidd is a town in Bahrain, located on a sand spit ...

Arad, Bahrain

Arad, Bahrain
Arad is a town in Bahrain, located on Muharraq Island. It lies east of Muharraq City and northwest of Hidd. It was originally a small farming village inhabited which later ...

Isa Town

Isa Town
Isa Town is a middle class town located in Bahrain in the north central part of the country.EtymologyThe name Isa refers to Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifah, ...

Barbar, Bahrain

Barbar, Bahrain
Barbar is a village in the north of Bahrain. It lies between Diraz and Jannusan. The Dilmun era Barbar Temple is located near the village. ...

Awali

Awali
Awali is a small municipality located approximately in the centre of the Kingdom of Bahrain, a small island in the Persian Gulf. Founded in the 1930s by the Bahrain Petroleum ...

Jidhafs

Jidhafs
Jidhafs is a city in Bahrain. It was a municipality of Bahrain in the northern part of the country. Its territory is now in the Capital and Northern Governorate. It ...

Diraz

Diraz
Diraz is a village on the northwest coast of Bahrain. It lies to the east of Budaiya, west of Barbar and north of Bani Jamra. It has several Dilmun era ...

Budaiya

Budaiya
Al Budaiya is a coastal town located in the northwestern region of Bahrain Island, in the Northern Governorate of the Kingdom of Bahrain. It neighbors the villages of Diraz and ...

Hamala, Bahrain

Hamala, Bahrain
Hamala is a village located in the Kingdom of Bahrain, an island country in the Persian Gulf.Batelco, Bahrain's premier telecommunications company, has its HQ based in Hamala. . ...

Janabiyah

Janabiyah
Janabiyah is a village situated in the north-west of Bahrain, close to the Gulf of Bahrain. It is located south of Bani Jamra and to the west of the village ...

Hamad Town

Hamad Town
Madinat Hamad is a city in northern Bahrain. It was a municipality of Bahrain in the central part of the country. It was split off of the municipality of Ar ...

Hoora

Hoora
Hoora is one of the busy parts of Manama, the capital of Bahrain.Along with the Central Business District, Adliya, and Juffair, Hoora is considered as one of Manama's nightlife centres, ...

Al Fateh Grand Mosque

Al Fateh Grand Mosque
The Al-Fateh Mosque 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. The mosque ...

Bahrain National Museum

Bahrain National Museum
The Bahrain National Museum is the largest and one of the oldest public museums in Bahrain. It is constructed near the King Faisal Highway in Manama and opened in December ...

Bab Al Bahrain

Bab Al Bahrain
Bab Al Bahrain 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 ...

Qal'at al-Bahrain

Qal'at al-Bahrain
The Qal'at al-Bahrain , also known as the Bahrain Fort or Fort of Bahrain and previously as the Portugal Fort is an archaeological site located in Bahrain, on the Arabian ...

Beit Al Quran

Beit Al Quran
Beit Al Qur'an is a multi-purpose complex dedicated to the Islamic arts and is located in Hoora, Bahrain. Established in 1990, the complex is most famous for its Islamic museum, ...

Khamis Mosque

Khamis Mosque
The Khamis Mosque is believed to be the first mosque in Bahrain, built during the era of the Umayyad caliph Umar II. According to Al Wasat journalist Kassim Hussain, other ...

Arad Fort

Arad Fort
Arad Fort is a 15th-century fort in Arad, Bahrain. Arad Fort was built in the typical style of Islamic forts during the 15th century A.D. before the Portuguese invasion of ...

Adhari Park

Adhari Park
Adhari Park is an amusement park, in the Kingdom of Bahrain based around the historic freshwater spring known as Ain Adari which is located around the Zinj area. In 2003, ...

King Fahd Causeway

King Fahd Causeway
The King Fahd Causeway is a series of bridges and causeways connecting Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. The idea of constructing the causeway was based on improving the links and bonds ...

Barbar Temple

Barbar Temple
The Barbar Temple is an archaeological site located in the village of Barbar, Bahrain, and considered to be part of the Dilmun culture. The most recent of the three ...

Amwaj Islands

Amwaj Islands
Amwaj Islands are a group of man-made islands located in the Persian Gulf to the northeast of Bahrain, near the coast of Muharraq island. It covers roughly 2 790 000 m² .Amwaj Islands ...