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Let’s Padel was founded to be the first and largest indoor Padel center in Bahrain. Based in the Seef District, our facility provides a unique and elite experience unlike anything else on the island. Our air- conditioned indoor center contains 8 world class Padel courts of the highest standards, 12 meters of free ceiling height, a sophisticated online booking system, a café and lounging area, and a dedicated parking zone.
Let’s Padel offers premium courts for bookings, coaching, tournaments, and merchandise for experienced or new Padel players of all ages. Our state of the art facility aims to create a community of like-minded people, and bring together Padel fans who can compete on the court, and socialize off the court.
Raazji celebrates Bahrain, its people, its culture, its diversity and its values. Being an island nation, Bahrain has attracted many of the world’s most prosperous civilizations since 3,000 B.C. Its welcoming nature has absorbed the best of the world and yet has managed to maintain its sparkling identity. Raazji aims to celebrate this phenomenon through food by bringing the best of Arabia and the rest of the world together for you to savor in every bite.
Located in Saar, Villa Mama’s opened in 2012 as an extension of Chef Roaya’s home, reminiscent of a childhood spent on her family’s farms and in the kitchen with her mother and grandmother. Roaya’s cooking uses local seasonal ingredients as the starting point for new and traditional dishes from Bahrain and Persia, and those inspired by her travels through the world. The Villa Mama’s family has grown over the years. In addition to the original restaurant, a café and deli Mama’s Gourmet, Sofratna catering, the kitchen on wheels VM1856, and their first international restaurant, Villa Mama’s London, are all part of the business. Food is one of the most heartfelt and authentic expressions of tradition, history and culture. To share a meal is to share who we are with others, to tell a story and, at the same time, create new traditions and friendships.
Located in the heart of Manama, Block 338 is a charming pedestrian quarter crammed with international restaurants, art galleries and boutique shops. Known as Bahrain’s hot dining district, Block 338 offers a wide range of restaurants appealing to all ages and tastes, offering a variety of options ranging from a fancy meal to traditional Bahraini food or just a soothing drink. In addition to this distinguished eating experience, Block 338 has a number of good retail opportunities tucked along its side streets and has grown over the years into a vibrant space for art lovers.
For more than 2,000 years, Bahraini pearls have been prized as some of the best natural pearls in the world. Hunt for pearls in the temperate waters of the Gulf, and discover how pearl divers of the past spent months at sea searching for these underwater treasures.
Steps: 1. Get a ticket online at www.btea.bh. 2. Attend a brieﬁng workshop. 3. Departure from Ras Rayyah with a licensed company. 4. Collect up to 60 oysters 5. Open your oysters on the boat and on the return trip. 6. Have your pearls appraised for value and quality.
The Marina Club offers marina facilities and services such as berthing, boat parking, launching, recovery, valet services, underwater inspection, 50 ton hoist and diving. Groups or individuals can now visit the Marina Club and enjoy the water sports facilities on weekdays as well as weekends.
Central to life in Bahrain for centuries, pearl diving is the quintessential Bahraini experience. The beach resort of Al Dar Island offers regular pearl dives and cruises to Jarada Island, where you might ﬁnd yourself sunbathing on white sand or swimming in its clear waters. In addition to diving for pearls, you can also see up to 30 types of coral and more than 200 species of ﬁsh. Dolphin watching along the many surrounding coral reefs is another popular pastime. A day excursion to the pearl reefs can be an even more authentic experience if you take a dhow. You can order Arabic food and pearl divers will regale you with their tales of the high seas.
Marassi Beach is an outdoor lifestyle destination featuring 2 kilometers of white sand beaches. It hosts Bahrain’s ﬁrst food truck court, which offers international and local ﬂavours from independent businesses. Marassi beach also features a children’s play area and a joggers’ waterside walkway. Weekend events are regularly announced, including pop-up markets, outdoor movies, children’s games and much more. All services and facilities at Marassi beach are of the highest standard and cleanliness, with daily entrance fees set at BD2 per adult. Part of this cost is redeemable against sun loungers, umbrellas, and towels.
Even if you are not a motor racing fan, you will be caught up in the thrill and excitement of the world’s biggest racing event, Formula One, an annual part of Bahrain’s sporting scene since April 2004. Bahrain’s Grand Prix made history as the ﬁrst Formula One Grand Prix to be held in the Middle East, and was awarded the “Best Organized Grand Prix” by FIA. Even when the Formula One is not taking center stage at the Bahrain International Circuit, visitors can take the wheel themselves on its state of the art karting track or enjoy a thrilling ride in the passenger seat of a Hummer on its Extreme 4x4 course. A visit to the circuit is a must, so as not to miss the opportunity to test drive a race car on the F1 track itself.
For more than 400 years, the Tree of Life has stood in the Sakhir desert of Bahrain. This remarkable natural wonder stands alone on top of a 25 foot hill. With no source of water, in the heart of the desert, the tree is 32 feet tall and growing despite the high temperatures and arid climate. The tree is a local attraction, visited by approximately 50,000 tourists every year.
The Hawar Islands are an archipelago of desert islands owned by Bahrain, in the Gulf of Bahrain of the Arabian Gulf. For the wildlife enthusiast, a 45 minute ferry ride from Al Dar Jetty to Hawar Island is a must. The Hawar Islands are renowned as a wildlife preserve of international signiﬁcance, offering pristine beaches and a chance to spot dolphins and rare birds in the middle of their migratory path.
Al Jazayer Beach is located on the southwestern coast of Bahrain and is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. The beach is around 3 kilometers long and is located approximately 5 kilometers southwest of the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC). Al Jazayer Beach covers an approximate area of 1.3 million square meters and comprises of a public beach and 309 leased chalets.
Coral Bay has a marina, a beach, a fully equipped health club, and offers all types of water sports. Best suited for families with older children as well as couples and adults, Coral Bay is the ultimate destination for relaxation, adventure, entertainment and enjoyment. Good access to water sports facilities make this popular with younger expats. Check out their boat tours too.
Lost Paradise of Dilmun (LPOD) Water Park has something for everyone The huge, interactive rain fortress has slides, water sprays, tip buckets and a host of jets and sprays. The Boomerang and the Superbowl are best suited for the thrill seekers. For whole family fun take the Family Raft Ride, or ride the Wave Pool and Lazy River.
Bahrain’s ﬁrst indoor skydiving experience awaits you! You can’t resist the incredible feeling of a free fall in one of the tallest wind tunnels in the world; with an overall height of 12 meters, constructed with tempered glass. The experience feels just as if you’re jumping from an aircraft, without having to board an airpline in the first place!Everyone can enjoy this body ﬂight experience, except for those reluctant to go on a life-changing adventure.
Escape to another world while sailing among the beautiful mangrove forests of Tubli Bay. Spread over an area of 100 square kilometers, Tubli Bay features a beautiful mix of well-protected green mangrove forests and Bahrain skyline. It’s a one-of-a-kind eco tour that allows visitors to explore one of Bahrain’s most treasured natural wonders.
located in the Four Seasons Bahrain Bay, this lounge boat serves fusion tapas cuisine while taking guests on a tour of Bahrain Bay. This is a must try experience in Bahrain, ideal for celebrating a special occasion, gathering with loved ones or celebrating with friends.
Abd El Wahab, a classical Lebanese restaurant, offers delicious authentic cuisine in a traditional setting. Enjoy Lebanese fare with live music keeping you entertained all night.
Located at the Al Areen Palace & Spa, Saffron brings Khaleeji fusion cuisine to a whole new level. A new array of dishes are inspired by modern Bahraini cuisine and blended with European and Middle Eastern flavours. The atmosphere is luxurious, with beautiful high ceilings and exquisite Middle Eastern finished interiors. The view overlooks the relaxing and serene water of the hotel's majestic pool.
Meisei is a contemporary Asian fusion house of fine cuisine. Experience the different Japanese, Cantonese, Szechuan and Korean influences with Italian Panache! Meisei serves dishes that are designed for sharing by Master Chef Micheal Kyu-Lee. He has certainly hit the spot with his hallmark culinary style at this vibrant location.
Oliveto Bahrain follows the philosophy that “one cannot think, love, sleep well if one hasn’t dined well”. And with that promise, they deliver every time you dine there. Oliveto’s revamp brings in a fresh new menu and decor that’s sure to transport your 5 senses to Italy. Modern, sleek, and cool, the design aesthetic is reminiscent of a hip Milanese trattoria and the deck brimming with a cool Amalfi coast club vibe. The seafood is incredibly fresh, the pizzas delightfully delicious, and the desserts decadently divine. Oliveto is a fantastic ambassador of Italian cuisine in the Bahrain dining scene.
The Meat Co. is one of the most popular steakhouses on the island. Known for more than just their delicious steaks, the atmosphere on the rooftop at this joint is sure to deliver every weekend.
Lanterns is an extremely popular Indian restaurant among the locals. The striking design and casual atmosphere, makes it a mystically beautiful and interesting place to dine, reflecting the moods and colors of India. Serving a wide range of beverages in a beautiful garden, along with live entertainment in the evenings, Lanterns is a choice that will satisfy all members of your party.
My Cafe is a boutique cafe restaurant located in block 338, Adliya, serving gourmet meals and beverages made with fresh, high quality ingredients made from scratch. There is indoor seating as well as a beautiful outdoor garden terrace.
Hala Cafe, located in the heart of Amwaj Islands, is a Middle Eastern restaurant offering a delicious variety of Arabic and international dishes created by Chef Hala Obaid.
The Orangery is an elegant tea room and patisserie that transports visitors to an English garden on a summer’s day. A hidden gem boasting a beautifully landscaped garden, The Orangery focuses on the traditional English tea room era, and offers an a la carte menu with an influence of the Middle East. Reservations are mandatory on weekends, and recommended during the week.
Trader Vic’s winning formula has been brought to Bahrain. This lively Polynesian restaurant offers good food, welcoming service and live music that plays late into the night. Located at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain, the restaurant offers a mix of regional dishes with Asian fusion, including a traditional Chinese wood-burning oven. Guests can also enjoy their famed exotic cocktail menu.
Perfect for dining with friends. and family, Fatto is a delicious Italian eatery located at the Al Aali Mall in Seef serving freshly made pizzas, pastas, gnocchi, and salads. Fatto Pizzeria and Trattoria was revived in an old Italian flour factory and tells its story through love and food.
With a focus on exceptional ingredients, Senor Pacos cooks up authentic Mexican cuisine with the addition of some Tex-Mex fusions. This is the perfect restaurant to kick back with friends for drinks and small bites.
David’s Stir Fry Crazy has both a memorable name and a memorable menu. This Bahrain based restaurant is the brainchild of a husband and wife team who were set on creating an Asian restaurant with outstanding food. The cuisine is fresh and innovative Chinese, with a modern take on classic favorites, with interesting flavours incorporated from Vietnam, San Francisco and Singapore.
Mama Maya Restaurant is a First Class Restaurant serving Lebanese and International Cuisine from Al a Carte Menu and Buffet for special events. The Restaurant has Three level seating, Ground floor (Non-smoking) first floor (smoking section) and Roof top where live football match can be viewed.
Bushido is an elegant Japanese restaurant located in Bahrain. The décor is reminiscent of a classic Asian lounge, with low seating, mood lighting and deep wooden accents. Chandeliers and Japanese accoutrements hang from the walls and the ceiling, giving a welcoming and authentic atmosphere. Famous for its value business lunch menu, and bento boxes, the cuisine is classic Japanese using fresh ingredients.
Tucked away in an old part of Manama, this stunning wind tower chateaux is 150 years old. Having been lovingly restored to its former glory some years ago, La Fontaine integrates the best of Bahraini architectural design with a hint of French flair. The cuisine has been praised as one of the finest gastronomy experiences on the island, making it one of the most tasty and picturesque spots to eat out in the whole of Bahrain! The ethos at La Fontaine is simple: treat cuisine like a form of art. Complex and intricate culinary masterpieces deliver both on taste and visual presentation. Asian and European cuisines blend seamlessly to create a perfectly crafted menu that lives up to the restaurant's prestigious reputation. A wide array of premium international wines are also available.
Situated at the lower lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, this place offers a pretty unique dining experience with its sophisticated cocktails, cozy chic decor and awesome menu. An array of dishes from around the world are cooked right in front of you in their open kitchen, adding to the fun of this indoor-outdoor restaurant.
Families and kids are welcome and a special children’s menu is available.
Bahrain Bay Kitchen offers daily international buffet for breakfast, lunch and brunch.
A comprehensive a la carte menu for both breakfast and lunch are also available.
We host the most elaborate and well known Friday Brunch and an Oriental Saturday Brunch for an Arabic food Culture throughout the year.
Non-Alcohol Package @ 25 BHD ++
Alcohol Package @ 35 BHD++
Oriental Saturday Brunch
Non-Alcohol Package @ 16 BHD ++
Alcohol Package @ 26 BHD ++
Live Entertainment are available for both brunches.
When visiting Bahrain, be sure to take a visit to the Camel Farm in Al Janabiya. Providing you with a unique insight into a treasured element of Bahraini culture, the farm is home to over 600 camels of all ages and sizes. The farm was created by the former ruler of Bahrain, Sheik Mohammad, as a means of preserving camels in Bahrain.
Amina AlAbbasi is a Bahraini artist whose work is contemporary with a traditional twist. She focuses on many cultural themes, finding a common ground between Bahraini traditions and our modern techniques and modern display of interior. She developed a very unique technique of painting, that soon became her signature method. Her work showcases many themes such as Bahraini theme, African theme, Islamic theme and calligraphy.
Built under the patronage of Princess Sabeeka Bint Ebrahim Al Khalifa, President of the Supreme Council for Women and wife of His Majesty the King, Riyadat Mall was built to help Bahraini women promote and develop their skills. Princess Sabeeka aims to empower Bahraini women, investing in a way for Bahraini women to showcase their talents and providing a platform for them to display their work. Riyadat Mall, located in Al A’ali, has shops and restaurants owned independently by Bahraini women. This project was set up by the Supreme Council for Women in alliance with Bahrain Development Bank and Bahrain Centre for Industrial Development to help women find better work opportunities.
Albareh Art Gallery is one of the most reputable and established art galleries in Bahrain. For over a decade the gallery earned acclaim for its tradition of showing the work of established and emerging artists from the MENASA and Diaspora assembled in special exhibitions that explores historical and contemporary themes – ambitious projects that are intense, and innovative.
A unique touristic artisanal destination, offering a wide variety of Bahraini made products by independent craftsmen under the theme “Hand Made with Love”.
Overlooking a private beach and sea, this is a perfect setting for a great seafood restaurant. A display boat holds a bountiful choice of fresh fish, shellfish and a giant white shell offers lobsters nestled on a bed of ice. The staff are friendly when helping with your food choices (it’s very easy to misjudge and over-order). Your stomach will certainly be satisfied.
Considered as one of the top activities to do in Riffa, the Royal Golf Club offers a unique golfing experience for sports lovers.
Go on an exciting adventure in Bahrain Bay waters. Try kayaking, kitesurfing, or just simply chilling by the picturesque Bay!
Al Areen Wildlife Reserve is home of wildlife in Bahrain, where plant and animal species have been protected and cultivated of for over 30 years. Enjoy the sight of different animals, birds and desert plants in their habitats. Take a walk around the park and get close to native birds who roam free within the premises. Or, take a bus tour and get to know all the different kinds of animals on display such as the Arabian leopard, the ostrich, the Arabian gazelle, the oryx and many more!
Enjoy a unique experience in one of Bahrain’s most popular getaways. Sail away and have a great time fishing at Durrat Al Bahrain.
Kitesurfing is a surface water sport combining aspects of wake-boarding, snowboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, skateboarding and gymnastics into one extreme sport. A kitesurfer harnesses the power of the wind with a large controllable power kite to be propelled across the water on a kiteboard, with or without foot-straps or bindings.
Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is an offshoot of surfing which originated in Hawaii. Unlike traditional surfing, where the rider sits until a wave comes, stand up paddleboarders stand on their boards and use a paddle to propel themselves through the water. The sport was documented in a 2013 report that identified it as the outdoor sporting activity with the most first-time participants in the United States that year. Variations include flat water paddling for outdoor recreation, fitness, or sightseeing, racing on lakes, large rivers and canals, surfing on ocean waves, paddling in river rapids (whitewater SUP), paddle board yoga and even fishing.
Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga is the art of performing yoga while on a stand up paddleboard, usually while the board is in calm water. The sport combines hatha and vinyasa yoga asanas with surfing.
Windsurfing employs the force of wind acting on windsurfboard to propel you across the surface of the water. A course defined with respect to the true wind direction is called a point of surf. On a given point of surf, the surfer adjusts the alignment of board with respect to the apparent wind direction to mobilize the power of the wind.
Being the island’s favorite water sport and the most exciting way to tour the seas, jet skiing should definitely be checked off of your Bahrain bucket list. If the rush of the chase is deeply embedded in your nature, this is the experience for you. Glide across the crystal clear waters of Bahrain in search of the perfect dose of adrenaline and the most awe inspiring views. You can choose between a 700 CC jet ski or a more powerful 1100 CC one to give you even more boost. Whatever you decide, the ride will be worth your while.
Give yourself an adrenaline kick as the Jetovator launches you 40ft in the air above the water. The Jetovator is truly an innovative ride that can make water sports feel even more exciting. Attain speeds of 25mph, cruise in comfort or learn to perform freestyle tricks, all after an introductory training.
The X-Jetpack gives you wings as you soar above the blue waters of the island. Get your water wings with this extraordinary water sport equipment for a guaranteed unforgettable experience! This water sports equipment will make you feel like in an action movie. Flying an X-JetPack is like nothing you experienced before, especially in the idilic scenery of Bahrain’s sea. Venture, for 30 minutes, in a world of action after enjoying a thorough training.
This amazing water sport equipment lifts you 40ft up in the air! Hover over the sea and make a headlong dive into the water. The FlyBoard is an adrenaline filled ride that will satisfy even the most experienced traveler. If you’re searching for an activity that will make your heart race, rent a Flyboard or sidewinder for 30 minutes, enjoy some thorough training and then venture into the vast blue sea.
Amongst Bahrain’s mysterious ancient remains are the thousands of burial mounds that dominate the landscape north of the island. Spanning the Dilmun era (3rd to 1st millennium BC) to the Tylos era (200 BC to 300 AD) the burial mounds are unique in terms of sheer number and concentration. The best preserved and most impressive mounds are the Royal burial mounds in the village of A’ali. Pottery workshops in the vicinity of the mounds have developed organically over the years, allowing artisans to incorporate their installations around the tombs and even using burial chambers as kilns.
On 12 January, 2002 the Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Center for Culture and Research opened its doors once again as a forum for debate and exchange on current cultural, social and political issues. Built on the land of the original majlis of Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, the current building is a modern reconstruction. Since 2002, more than 400 artists, speakers, philosophers and poets have visited the Shaikh Ebrahim Center to share their art and thoughts in this venue dedicated to the open exchange of ideas and knowledge.
Swedish home furnishing giant IKEA has opened the region’s biggest store in Bahrain. Located in Salmabad area of the kingdom, the impressive two-storey structure boasts a showroom, market hall and self-service section. The facility also includes 50 room settings showcasing inspiring home furnishing solutions, a 650-seat restaurant and 1,200 parking spaces, of which, 1,000 are indoors.
The IKEA Bahrain also boasts a 220-sq-m play facility, Smaland (named after the small town in Sweden where Ikea started), that will ensure that customers have an enjoyable shopping experience as children are taken care of by Ikea staff, free of charge. The store will also include a market hall, where customers can find everything from rugs to linens, picture frames to clocks, kitchen accessories to home lighting and even unique gifts.
Other types of services available at the IKEA store include product pick-up, home delivery, assembly, planning, returns and exchanges and online sales support. A star attraction for families will be the restaurant that will serve a variety of hot and cold local and Swedish dishes.
Dragon City is a first of its kind. A development that encompasses over 787 commercial units, making it the largest wholesale and retail trading centre in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Situated to the South-West of Diyar Al Muharraq, it is in close proximity to Bahrain’s International Airport, the state-of-the-art Khalifa bin Salman Port and the Capital of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Manama. Dragon City caters to customers from both the Kingdom and beyond. Dragon City is infused with Chinese architectural and cultural aspects. It offers Chinese products of the highest quality to local consumers, trade customers and tourists.
The Capital Mall in Al Seef District is an initiative that provides a store, showroom, and hosts regular exhibitions. In addition, it provides consulting, guidance, help and support to the projects and micro-enterprises of artisan families. The mall provides artisan families networking and public services through the mall’s administration or through a series of NGOs working in project development. Capital Mall is a tourist attraction in the Kingdom as it contains an integrated selection of Bahraini traditional handmade products.
The traditional crafts and industries are regarded as a cultural-and promoting product. These traditional crafts and industries are not only a manifestation of civilization, but tools for the expression of the society’s culture and authenticity. They are a true component of the collective cultural memory that features the stages through which the society has passed.
The Craft Industries Development Centre, located in the heart of the capital Manama was found by the Ministry of Industry & Commerce in the year 1990 after it had been renovated. Before that, it was the premises of the first technical school in Bahrain. The Ministry has taken up this project to help preserve creative skills of Bahraini men and women. Also, it was used to encourage Bahraini men and women to develop their creativity by supplying them with workshops free of charge and selling their items on their behalf. The items produced in these workshops are on display for sale at the Center's gallery. Further, you may also find in the gallery handicrafts that were produced at home. The workshops at the Center are open for anyone who would like to visit and have a look at the process of producing the items on display.
Peninsula Farms contribute to the development of the agricultural sector in Bahrain as well as aiding the country to achieve its goal to be self sustainable in terms of fresh, local produce. They aim to limit the import of fresh produce by providing local produce that is of high quality and is competitively priced. Peninsula Farms strives to bring their customers premium grade hydroponic produce that is of high nutritional value and which maximizes its benefits towards healthy living. They are currently operating in two fields: hydroponic farms and technologically advanced goat farms. The hydroponic farms provides fresh locally grown vegetables, while the technologically advanced goat farm produces goat milk, cheese, as well as soap created from goat milk.
Bahrain International Karting Circuit (BIKC) is a state of the art, world class facility that caters to the grassroots level of motorsport. BIKC is where tomorrow’s champions get their first taste of pure racing joy. BIKC was designed to the highest international standards. It is capable of hosting world championships under the Commission Internationale de Karting-Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (CIK-FIA). BIKC first made motorsport history in 2012, when it became the first karting track worldwide to host a world championship level event. The CIK Track is 1.414 kilometres in distance and it features 14 turns. It has been set to be the center stage venue for many international karting races, one of which was the CIK-FIA Under-18 World Championship and Academy Trophy, which took place in Bahrain for the first time ever in 2012, and the latest CIK-FIA World Championships in 2016. BIKC offers a wide range of walk in and corporate team building experiences for the avid karter or corporation, including a Formula One inspired Grand Prix and Endurance experiences. It can also accommodate night racing, as the facility boasts a series of flood lights of 200 lux located all over the track.
The RUW Corner was created by the Facilities department of the Royal University of Women. The 9 restaurants served additional outlets that catered to the university. However, these restaurants were opened to the public and soon became an instant hit. With a vast courtyard, it allowed cultural events and shows to take place. It soon became a hub for family gatherings and entertainment.
Located in the business district of Seef, the Al Aali Mall is established as a high-end shopping destination with plush environs, a sophisticated atmosphere and an abundance of premium labels. The 52,000 square meter complex lives up to its commitment to tradition, fine dining, and timeless luxury.
Bahrain’s first authentic mall, Seef Mall, is one of the most family-friendly shopping and entertainment destinations in the Kingdom. Ideally located in the Seef District, the mall attracts a large number of visitors to a variety of lifestyle, retail, fashion, and jewellery brands. The 55 restaurants, food stalls and cafes provide a delectable range of choices to suite a varied palette. The indoor theme park, Magice Island, draws families in providing an exhilarating experience to the young and the young at heart. The mall also boasts one of the largest cinema multiplex. This makes it an ideal destination for a family outing.
A private set up on the beach, tailored to any special occasion. It is a great way to round up friends and family for a unique get together! The night includes a live BBQ with vegetarian food options. A minimum of 10 people are required to secure a reservation. Team building activities can also be included for corporate bookings.
Glide through the air wearing an open parachute while being towed by a motor boat. Soar above the tranquil waters around the kingdom of Bahrain in our dedicated parasail vessels. Take-off and land on the vessel. You don’t need to get wet, just experience Manama’s skyline from above and watch the dolphins play below.
The Farmers Market, located in Hoorat Aali, is a building with an exceptional design consisting of outlets for local farmers and local businesses who sell fresh fruits and vegetables, ornamental flowers and plants, and a range of related food and home based products that bring out the flavor and the culture of Bahrain.
Forever echoing in Bahrain’s cultural and musical history, Bin Faris’ compositions have been considered as the best in Sut music. His unmatched skills as an oud player and his melodious singing has contributed greatly to Sut music. Bin Faris served as an inspiration to those who revolutionised the music industry, and continue to do so today. Preserving the legacy that has been left behind by Bin Faris, the Shaikh Ebrahim Center for Culture and Research has brought back to life his original place of music playing.
Located on the opposite side of the Shaikh Ebrahim Cultural Centre, La Maison Jamsheer is a house that not only comes with an exciting history of its own, but also has been able to strengthen the bonds between Bahrain and France, providing a home away from home for the French community in the Kingdom. Hosting a variety of events, classes, and special occasions, La Maison Jamsheer brings to life Bahrain’s heritage in an exciting manner and invites everyone to join.
Part of the rich Bahraini heritage, the Kurar House in Muharraq preserves the traditional craft of kurar embroidery. Bahraini women work the spindle and continue an art that has been meticulously woven through the threads of time.The kurar embroidery collaborative craft is unique to Bahrain and used to be one of the main lucrative activities in Bahraini villages.
Exploring art in all its forms, Dar Al Fann is a house where imagery and language come together to form a picture of the city of Muharraq. Along with the art works on display, is the uniquely captivating Wall of Mahmoud Darwish.
A spicy aroma fills the air as you inch closer to the collection of spice sellers located in the Manama Souq. Home to all the traditional and necessary spices required to create a hearty and authentic Bahraini dish. Found in the usually quieter corners of the Manama Souq, the spice corners stand out proudly and lure in passers by with their aromatic goods ready to be purchased!
Discover the culture of Ancient Dilmun at the Barbar Temple. The Barbar Temple ruins are of three temple sites, each built on top of one another over the centuries. The oldest temple was constructed around 3000BC, the second 500 years later, and the most recent added between 2100 and 2000BC.
These temples were built to worship the god Enki, the God of Wisdom and Freshwater, and his wife Nankhur Sak. Within the temple you’ll find ruins of two altars, and a natural water spring of spiritual significance for ancient worshippers.
The site of Barbar Temple was excavated by a Danish archeological team led by Hellmuth Andersen and Peder Mortensen in 1954. The excavation continued until 1962, and most recently in 2004. Excavations from the Barbar Temple - including tools, weapons, pottery, small pieces of gold and a bronze bull’s head - are on exhibit at the Bahrain National Museum.
Souq Al Qaisariya is the oldest part of the historic Muharraq Souq. This Souq and its surrounding areas are Bahrain’s second UNESCO inscribed cultural heritage site. Souq Al Qaisariya offers a quaintly charming shopping experience. Here you can purchase a variety of local goods from natural pearls to spices. Part of the "Pearling, Testimony of an Island Economy" Project, Souq Al Qaisariya acts as a time capsule, giving a view into past Bahrain.
Spend an afternoon walking through the Souq and the two mile long Pearling Path. Witness unique stories and testimonies of the historic Bahraini pearling trade and end your tour of the Pearling Path by grabbing a bite to eat at Saffron by Jena in Souq Al Qaisariya. This traditional Bahraini restaurant features a traditional madbasa - a tool used to press dates for molasses - embedded in the floor. Found when they first started construction, the madbasa remains, preserved as a historical artifact.
Inspired by the Moroccan mystique, an aesthetic handcrafted by celebrated Masterchef, Wolfgang Puck, Blue Moon Lounge is a stunning venue with thirst quenching drinks and a gourmet menu to match. Situated on the 50th floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, the restaurant overlooks the busy streets of Bahrain below and adds to the overall experience.
Featuring delicious Mediterranean cuisine in the heart of Adliya, Florence offers its diners a refreshing take on the popular cuisine in a cosy setting perfect for a relaxing afternoon.
Italian fine dining is redefined at Primavera, where original dishes created by Michelin starred Chef Oliver Glowig grace the menu, taking diners through a gastronomic journey through Italy. Each dish, an Oliver Glowig version of its traditional counterpart, is more decadent than the last. Your meal is paired with a fine selection of house beverages and a sophisticated interior to complete the luxe dining experience.
Enjoy some competitive fun with the family and test your skills at MJ’s Bowling Lounge. With state of the art and safe equipment, multiple lanes, and fun music to keep up the fun vibes, the bowling lounge is an exciting venue to knock down some pins. Boasting many other options such as a karaoke room, a Ferrari approved simulator, and a dine in facility, MJ’s Bowling Lounge is a place you will want to keep going back to for more!
In a sophisticated yet relaxed package, Hazel Rooftop Lounge is the newest venue to enliven Adliya and has quick become a crowd favourite! Hazel is a trendy mix of industrial and delicate, with exposed overhead AC ducts offset by live plant features around the venue. The tall building with Hazel’s impressive signature logo captures the attention of passers by. Opened windows spill out the eclectic sounds that liven up the place, attracting a diverse customer base and making it an enjoyable visit for all.
A shining example of specialized retail shopping, Gold City transports every visitor to a modern gold souq arena. Discerning customers can choose from exclusive showrooms dedicated to precious metals and assorted gems. Contemporary décor, welcoming staff and free valet services sets Gold City in a league of its own. Here, customers can walk in and shop with confidence. The Kingdom of Bahrain, as a country with a rich history of trade, continues to nurture the gold industry. Business friendly policies and easy access to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries make Gold City the first choice for branded jewelry companies, looking at establishing their presence in the region. Gold City aims to establish new themed malls around the Gulf region offering a refined choice of branded jewelry and its customer friendly and efficient service.
Mattar Jewelers, the House of Natural Pearls, is a sixth generation pearl trading family business in Bahrain. The company specializes in handcrafting exquisite luxury jewelry and products with natural pearls. Mattar Jewelers are cultural stewards of the Bahraini Pearl. They aim to highlight the wonder of the natural pearl and its intrinsic relationship with Bahraini history, culture, and development. It is Mattar Jewelers' belief that the natural pearl, the jewel of immortality, is humanity’s original and ultimate jewel.
Inherited by generations, inspired by rare familiar pieces of jewellery and watches, since being founded by Ebrahim Alfardan, the jewellery house started its activity in natural pearls and pearl trade, before expanding with the efforts of his son, Ahmed Ebrahim Alfardan. His fame, reputation, and expertise in the industry was preceded by his son, Ammar Ahmed Alfardan, who led the ship to success through the years, serving customers in Bahrain by improving and importing new models of watches and jewellery to support the ever-evolving fashion and designs. Today, Alfardan has various outlets across the country - MODA Mall, Bahrain Museum (pearls only), and Bab Al Bahrain (pearls, shells, and gifts) - all of which have been created to satisfy the need of their valuable customers.
With seven generations of the Al Mahmood family being an integral part of the pearling industry in Bahrain, the family started as buyers and sellers of pearls as well collecting rare pearl finds around 200 years ago. Using that knowledge, combined with the genuine passion and commitment to pearling, the Al Mahmood family was able to develop the family business into a well-known name amongst the pearl-collectors and jewellery enthusiasts alike. Inspired from their Bahraini roots, Al Mahmood Pearls has incorporated traditional designs into their artistically handcrafted pearl jewellery, creating truly intricate and delicate pieces. From multi-strand irregular pearl necklaces to single strand G1 necklaces, Al Mahmood Pearls has jewellery that is remarkable and classy at the same time. Incorporating other precious stones such as rubies, diamonds, and sapphires into their jewellery, the final pieces are nothing short of luxurious. Their growing clientele has also resulted in the launch of their showrooms across Bahrain, with two in Moda Mall, and one in Al A’ali Mall. Also catering to the corporate clientele, Al Mahmood Pearls works with companies to provide them with clocks, music boxes, bespoke gift items made on special order from the Gulf region and internationally, and in true Al Mahmood-style the gifts are adorned with gold and pearl detailing
The Al Mannai family is a fine example of successfully remaining one of the most renowned jewellers in Bahrain with their wide variety of traditional and modern jewellery, unique designs, and boasting an outstanding jewellery manufacturing division in Bahrain. Perle Magazine spoke to Mohammed Al Mannai, the fifth generation of the Al Mannai family member to head the business as President, about their 175-year old business and how it has continued to prosper throughout the years. Boasting a notable selection of jeweller sets, rings, earrings, bangles, and other accessories that are manufactured by well-known jewellery houses in Europe such as Wellendorf, Erich Keller, and more, Al Mannai Jewelery is home to incredibly precious and striking pieces. The eye-catching displays of the Moda Mall store showcase the lustrous jewellery pieces that are even more precious up close. The eclectic and ever-changing taste of the customers is something Al Mannai Jewelery is always ready for and can easily accommodate any request that their customers brings to them. Al Mannai Jewelery represents the core essence of The Kingdom’s love and passion towards jewellery, and has successfully carried the title of Bahrain’s renowned jewellers for over a century.
Founded in 1919 in the northern part of the city of Muharraq, Al Hedaya Al Khalifia is the first modern school in Bahrain, and is considered a significant milestone of modern education in the Kingdom. The building was restored to host a permanent display dedicated to documenting the history of education in the Kingdom.
The original post office of Manama, situated directly behind Bab Al Bahrain, is now the location of a newly renovated museum that documents the history of postal services of Bahrain in all its eras. The museum is home to an archive of photographs from the postal service since its inception, a complete catalogue of Bahraini stamps as well as stamps from all over the world.
Opened in February 2008, the Qala’at Al-Bahrain (Bahrain Fort) Site Museum seeks to maintain the ancient historic features of the site, as well as document the archaeological periods by preserving the artefacts discovered at the site.
The museum is located on the northern coast of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and is surrounded by a picturesque seascape and lush greenery that escaped urban encroachment.
The museum’s collection showcases five different historical periods which are arranged chronologically, each within its own separate gallery.
The three-dimensional design concept of Qala’at Al-Bahrain Site Museum covers two floors and reflects a strong continuation between its interior and exterior spaces. The design also allows its rear sea-facing façade to open a direct path from the heart of the village to the shoreline.
The museum also contains a main courtyard leading to a café which overlooks the coastline opposite the fort, as well as a lecture hall and gift shop.
Qala’at Al-Bahrain Site Museum is situated across from the historic Qala’at Al-Bahrain, one of the most important historic political and military forts in the GCC region. The fort is part of the Qala’at Al-Bahrain Site, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.
The world’s largest underwater theme park will cover an area of 100,000 square meters. The dive site has a 70-meter long decommissioned Boeing 747 as its centerpiece, the largest aircraft ever to be submerged. The site will provide an exceptional dive experience. Phase 1 of the project includes submerging the aircraft, a replica of a pearl merchant’s house and sail structures. Future phases of the project are still being studied but could include reef balls, ships and sculptures.
Bahrain’s First Authentic Mall, Seef Mall, Is Today One Of The Most Family-Friendly Shopping And Entertainment Destination In The Kingdom. It’s Distinctive Architecture And Light Open Spaces Invite Visitors To Explore And Relax As They Shop. Ideally Located In Seef District, The Mall Attracts A Large Number Of Visitors A Week That Are Drawn As Much By The Variety Of World-Class Lifestyle, Retail, Fashion And Jewellery Brands As By The Fun Family Entertainment Options Available.
Seef Mall Houses 370 Outlets Spread In A Total Area Of 135,000 Sq. M. With Gross Leasable Area Of Nearly 72,000 Sq. M. Which Includes Stores Like M&S, BHS, H&M, Mango, Zara And Sun & Sand Sport To Name A Few. The 55 Restaurants, Food Stalls And Cafes Provide A Delectable Range Of Food Choices To Suite A Varied Palette, Presented In Two Charming And Airy Food Courts.
Seef Mall’s Indoor Theme Park, Magic Island, Is A Huge Draw For The Family Crowd Providing An Exhilarating Experience To The Young And Young At Heart. It Keeps Children Happily Occupied For Hours While Their Elders Shop, Making It An Ideal Destination For A Family Outing. Seef Mall Also Boasts One Of The Largest Cinema Multiplex In The Middle East With A Six-Screen Cineplex As Well As A Ten-Screen Megaplex; Ideally Located Next To The Food Courts, They Are Truly Every Cine-Goer’s Delight.
Recognized as the one of the Kingdom’s most innovative creations ever and the first outdoor vertical park in the Middle East, the vertical garden is located on the edge of Muharraq.
The garden features over a 200 species of plants from subtropical and desert areas around the world that are able to withstand the harsh climatic conditions in Bahrain. This green gate at the entrance of Muharraq is your way to a whole new world inside where the pop of vibrant green is instantly eye-catching. Surrounded by nature’s beauty from all corners, the vertical garden in Bahrain is a sparse and stark-looking space with greenery that acts as a major tourist attraction.
Strategically located as a sea passage, Arad fort is a classic example of Omani military architecture from the end of the 15th to the early 16th centuries. Although it is not clear when it was constructed, this fort was once the site of ﬁerce battles, playing a major role in the defense of Bahrain against marauders through the centuries. Restored in the 1980s using only authentic material, the fort is beautifully illuminated at night and hosts seasonal festivals throughout the year.
Located in the area of Seef and previously known as Portugal Port, the Bahrain Fort or “Qal’at al-Bahrain” is built over 180,000 sq ft. Occupation of the fort has been recorded from 2300BC to the 16th Century. The fort is named for the Qal’at al-Burtughal, and was located at the capital of Dilmun civilization. The excavated site at the fort reveals that the fort was used for residential, public, commercial, religious and military purposes. An archeological dig revealed various tools and artifacts; Dilmun Stamp seals, fishing tools, pots used for cooking and for transport of food from Oman and Mesopotamia. Inscribed as one of the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Bahrain, the Bahrain Fort is an incredible structure that pays homage to the deep rooted history of Bahrain.
Sheikh Salman bin Ahmed Al-Fateh fort is also known as Riffa Fort due to its location in Riffa. This historic landmark bears witness to one of the most important junctures in Bahrain’s history - within its beautiful architecture lives the memory of the ruling family of Bahrain, the Al Khalifas. Discover the stories of the Al Khalifa family through carefully curated exhibitions of their family tree, personal artifacts and information about their favorite pastimes. The fort also houses Saffron Café, which overlooks the picturesque Al-Haniniya Valley.
Bab Al Bahrain is located at the entrance of the Manama Souq in Bahrain’s capital city Manama. Built in 1949 by Shaikh Salman Bin Ahmed Al Fateh, it once overlooked the sea, housing the government’s administrative ofﬁces. Behind Bab Al Bahrain is the old Manama Souq. This is a vibrant collection of shops offering a wide range of goods such as textiles, spices, incense, perfumes, handicrafts and souvenirs, as well as more modern products from all over the world. Also located in the Manama Souq are a number of traditional coffee shops. The souq is quintessentially Bahrain; a place that visitors will be sure to enjoy.
Bahrain National Theater opened in November 2012 under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. The theatre hosts a number of global performances from some of the world’s foremost artists, such as the Orchestra of the 21st Century of Russia, legendary composer Yanni, Spanish opera superstar Placido Domingo, the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Ballets from Russia, and Il Divo. Built on an area of about 12,000 square meters overlooking the sea, the 1,001 seat theatre is located next to the Bahrain National Museum. The National Theatre’s unique architectural design and wood covered interior walls draw inspiration from the tales of 1,001 Arabian Nights. The theatre is the third largest opera house in the Arab world after the Cairo Opera House in Egypt and the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman.
The Bahrain National Museum is the crowning achievement of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s ongoing efforts to preserve the nation’s heritage and history. These efforts began in 1957 when the first artifacts were discovered during the Danish archaeological expedition that was held at Al-Hidaya Al-Khal-ifiya in Muharraq. Built on a central location between Manama and Muharraq, the Bahrain National Museum houses nine main halls and classifies the accumulated heritage of the Kingdom of Bahrain into six different sections. Visitors will be taken on a 4,000 year journey through time as they pass through the museum’s halls. Highlights include fascinating artifacts from Ancient Dilmun, an Islamic Period hall, original manuscripts and traditional handicrafts, burial mounds, and exhibits illustrating daily life in Bahrain.
The grand Al Fateh Mosque is Bahrain’s largest place of worship, and is one of the largest mosques in the world. It was built under the patronage of the late Sheikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa in 1987 and was named after Ahmed Al Fateh. With its walls beautifully ornamented with Kuﬁc calligraphy, the mosque accommodates up to 7,000 worshippers and is crowned with the largest ﬁberglass dome in the world.
Built around 692 A.D., Al Khamis Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in the Arab world. Its foundation dates back to the 11th century and was rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries. During this reconstruction, identical twin minarets were added, making the ancient Islamic monument easily recognizable.
The House of Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa was not only his residence but also the seat of his government. This beautiful house offers an insight into 19th century royal life. Consisting of several rooms arranged around four courtyards and characterized by its wind towers, it is considered one of the most impressive examples of Gulf Islamic architecture on the island.
Housed in a building spectacularly engraved with Arabic script, Beit al Quran (House of Quran) showcases a fascinating collection of Quranic manuscripts dating back to the 7th century, as well as a library of over 50,000 books written in Arabic, English, and French that center mostly on Islam. Beit al Quran is claimed to be the only institute in the world devoted to the Quran. Within its collections feature Qurans written on parchment, rice, peas and grains. A mosque, an auditorium, a madrasa (religious school), a museum and a variety of art exhibitions are also housed in the building.
The village of Al Jasra offers a look into the traditional arts and crafts that many of the villages in Bahrain have historically produced. Al Jasra Handicrafts Center showcases pottery making, cloth weaving, wood working, basket weaving and sadow making, all of which are created using traditional Bahraini methods. Located in the village of Al Jasra, Beit Al Jasra (Jasra House) is a traditional style house built in 1907. It was restored in 1986 using traditional building materials such as coral stones and palm leaf trunks.
Salman bin Hussain bin Salman bin Matar proved to be a man of remarkable abilities and broad interests. After joining his father’s pearl business, he became one of the major pearl merchants in the Gulf region during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Virtually all foreigners, especially French and Indian, relied on his expert advice in matters pertaining to the purchase of pearls. With the advent of the widespread cultured pearl market that resulted in the dwindling natural pearl trade, he was part of the group that formed the Natural Pearl Protection Society in 1936. In addition to his legacy as a pearl tycoon, he expanded his business interests to include the trade of ownership of many diving vessels, houses, buildings, shops, rooms, coffee houses and springs.
In a country with rich history, pearls are considered to be one of Bahrain’s finest sources, contributing considerably in raising the economy of the country. Prized pearls are gathered between June and September, as divers plunge into the deep waters to find only the purest, whitest pearls that appear in local Bahraini markets.Bahrain is still preserving this heritage of our ancestors by selling pearls of the highest quality and purity in the Gold City, maintaining this national icon from loss and preserving its authenticity and genuineness.
Situated in the heart of Manama, the Bab Al Bahrain Souq is more than a place to shop. Rather, it’s a trip down Bahrain’s historic past, where traditional shops and vendors have stood the test of time and remain almost in their original form. The small shops are laden with handwoven carpets and fabrics, spices, perfumes, handicrafts, and various souvenirs as well as modern products from around the world. Shoppers can explore parts of Bahrain’s culture through tangible item, purchasing excellent home or personal accessories as cherished souvenirs. Visitors can also indulge in traditional Bahraini street food, or have a hearty lunch in the many cafes and small restaurants located amongst the narrow, dwindling alleys.
Located in the landmark Bahrain World Trade Center, MODA Mall is a shopping and dining experience for every occasion. With the largest luxury brand portfolio of international designers - with over 80 fashion labels available - in the Kingdom of Bahrain under one roof, at MODA Mall, everyone can feel exclusive. With a proud heritage of elegance stretching back 30 years, MODA Mall owes its origins to the former Sheraton Complex.
A stroll through The Avenues Bahrain reveals one of the most magnificent shopping and leisure destinations in the Kingdom. This waterfront center stretches 1.5 kilometers in the heart of Manama, along King Faisal Road. Sunlight pours into this enclosed space as you explore among 130 shops, restaurants and cafés overlooking Bahrain Bay. Bring the whole family to enjoy an entertainment arena that includes play areas, several movie cinemas and public parks.
Undoubtedly one of the most visited places in Bahrain to purchase some of the best gold in the region, the Bahrain Gold Souq draws in crowds from across the globe. Bahrain Gold is usually 21 carat and available in a number of styles, including traditional and contemporary. The souq is home to a myriad of gold shops set up by excellent craftsmen, and offered in a range of prices. In the Gold souq, there are various options of carats available and ranges from 21, 22, and even 24 carat gold. Popular amongst residents and tourists alike, the Gold Souq spills its lustre out into the streets and attracts the passerby with its gleaming goods.
City Centre Bahrain is the largest shopping, leisure and entertainment destination in Bahrain, attracting more than 13.5 million visitors annually. Spread across more than 158,000sqm of retail space, City Centre Bahrain offers an international mix of more than 340 exclusive brands and 60 dining outlets, with major stores such as the Kingdom’s largest Carrefour hypermarket, Saks Fifth Avenue, Debenhams, Centrepoint, Pottery Barn and Home Centre. A 20-screen Cineco Cinema and a Magic Planet. The mall is also adjoined by two premium hotels: the five-star Westin Hotel City Centre Bahrain and Le Meridien Hotel City Centre Bahrain. In 2014, City Centre Bahrain received a Gold Award for Marketing Excellence at the Middle East …
Located in the business district of Seef, the Al A'ali Shopping Complex provides a unique and elegant shopping experience. With its plush environs, sophisticated atmosphere and abundance of luxury labels, this elegant space lives up to its commitment to glamour, fashion and timeless luxury. Established as a high end shopping destination, the 52,000 square meter complex opened in 1996 with a unique architectural design that gracefully combines contemporary architecture with traditional Arabic style. The new extension showcases the more contemporary aspect of the Complex, integrating modern with traditional. The central atrium features a magnificent glazed canopy, filtering light into the shopping space and giving an open air experience that extends into the contemporary Saraya wing. Al A’ali Shopping Complex is the location for home furnishing stores, luxury gift shops, pearl traders, and a spa.
Smaller than Manama Souq, the Muharraq Souq offers a wide range of merchandise and famed sweet shops. The oldest section of the souq, al Qaisariya, offers a charming shopping experience. Souq al Qaisariya is an integral component of the "Pearling, testimony of an Island Economy" (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
Since 1920, Naseef at Bab Al Bahrain has been very well known for its mango ice cream. In fact, it might be the homemade mango ice cream that made Naseef Café famous more than 100 years ago. Now, however, it’s the Bahraini breakfast that keeps customers returning for more. The quaintly presented platter, which comes with a brightly coloured dellah full of delicious karak chai (some of the best on the island), includes generous portions of foule, balila, balaleet, eggs with tomato and more. Each dish just as delicious as the last. Once you’re done, grab a scoop of their famous ice cream and meander the labyrinthine alleyways of Manama.
It might be homemade mango ice cream that made Naseef Café famous more than 100 years ago, but now it’s the Bahraini breakfast that keeps all the customers returning for repeat visits. The quaintly presented platter, which comes with a brightly coloured dellah full of delicious karak chai (some of the best on the island), includes generous portions of foul, balila, balaleet, eggs with tomato and more, each dish just as delicious as the last.
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