Places to eat
Throughout the ages, the pearl has retained its appeal as a symbol of wealth, luxury and glamour. The enigmatic gem is so abundant in this region that Middle Eastern cultures have enjoyed a long history with pearls. Archaeological evidence dating back 6,000 years shows that people in the Arabian Gulf were sometimes buried with a pierced pearl resting in the right hand. Sorting, classifying and selling pearls to local or international buyers rested in the hands of experienced merchants. In the 19th and 20th centuries, several other key figures played important roles in the great pearl market towns.
An homage to Bahrain’s rich connection to the water, the Sea Festival is considered the largest event of its kind within the Kingdom. Held over the course of 10 days at Bahrain Bay, the festival celebrates Bahraini culture and helps preserve its past for future generations to cherish.
The Bahrain Light Festival showcases innovative light installations created by contemporary artists from around the globe. Brilliant creations light up Bahrain Bay, transforming the beach into a luminescent dream. In 2017, celebrated artists included Japan’s KAZ Shirane, Francesco Cappuccio from Italy and Rob Jensen from the U.S., as well as artists from Bahrain, Canada and France.
Amongst the energetic backdrop of the Muharraq is the hidden gem of La Maison Jamsheer, the former home of the Jamsheer family that has been transformed into the Bahraini-French cultural centre. Today, the house hosts various exhibitions of art, architecture and heritage, is a location for expert lectures, and serves as a residence for experts and postgraduate students.
The luxury villas at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain are the ideal spaces to unwind, relax and rejuvenate.
Built on an area of about 12,000 square metres overlooking the sea, the Bahrain National Theatre is a glass-paned architectural vision.
With lush green grass as far as the eye can see at the Kingdom’s only 18-hole championship standard golf course, and a nine-hole course designed by golfing legend Colin Montgomerie, The Royal Golf Club is an exciting location for fans of the sport.
With stalls and halls laden with glistening gems, metals and stunning watches as far as the eye can see, the Exhibition and Convention Centre comes to life as people from across the globe make Bahrain their home for the five-day Jewellery Arabia event.
Located in The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain, Cantina Kahlo commemorates lush Mexican heritage in a setting that transports diners out of Bahrain and into an exciting culinary journey.
An iconic symbol of Bahrain’s identity, the Tree of Life, quite literally is deep rooted within the history of the Kingdom.
In a plush garden, with the open skies above, great company, and food, The Orangery Tea Room and Patisserie brings to Bahrain the elegance and sophistication of English tea rooms that are notorious for their luxurious yet comfortable ambiance, delectable mini-bites, and, of course, their teas.