Bahrain, officially the Kingdom of Bahrain, is an island country in West Asia. It is situated on the Persian Gulf, and comprises a small archipelago made up of 50 natural islands and an additional 33 artificial islands, centered on Bahrain Island which makes up around 83 per cent of the country's landmass.
Bahrain is renowned for its verdant groves of date palms; since ancient times it has been an entrepôt for trade and a source of natural resources for the surrounding area. Bahrain Island is widely believed to be the site of the ancient kingdom of Dilmun, a commercial centre that traded with ancient Sumer.
Bahrain is a constitutional monarchy. The head of state is the king, and the head of government is the prime minister. The area has long been an important trading centre and is mentioned in Persian, Greek, and Roman references.
The island of Bahrain is renowned by the welcoming hearts of its population, a rich cultural and historical heritage, its economic diversity and endless opportunities. Lifestyle options are many and varied, and the country is known as one of the most forward-thinking and liberal in the Middle East.
The country has a well-developed education system that includes both public and private schools, as well as vocational and higher education institutions. Bahrain is also home to several international schools, providing options for expatriate and foreign students.
The Bahrain National Museum was officially inaugurated by the late Amir H.H. Shaikh Isa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa on 15 December 1988.
Formula One has been 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 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. Of course, a visit to the circuit is a must so as not to miss the opportunity to test drive a race car on the F-1 track itself.
The Club is managed by Troon, the leader in upscale golf course management, development, and marketing, and was named Troon's 2013 Facility of the Year, the company's top accolade. Additional facilities at the Royal Golf Club include award-winning restaurants, a golf academy with full practice facilities, a golf & leisure shop, meeting, and conference rooms, and a country club.
Spread across more than 158,000sqm of retail space, City Centre Bahrain offers an international mix of more than 340 exclusive brands including 60 dining outlets, with major stores such as the Kingdom’s largest Carrefour hypermarket, Saks Fifth Avenue, Debenhams, Centrepoint, Pottery Barn and Home Centre. The mall’s integrated family leisure offers, a 20-screen Cineco Cinema, and a Magic Planet. The mall is also adjoined by two premium hotels, the 5-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 and North Africa Shopping Centre and Retailer Awards. City Centre Bahrain opened in 2008 and is located on Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman in the heart of Manama
Its distinctive architecture and light open spaces invite visitors to explore and relax as they shop. Ideally located in the 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 jewelry brands. Seef Mall houses 370 outlets spread in a total area of 135,000 sqm. With a gross leasable area of nearly 72,000 sqm. This 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 suit any palette.
Bab Al Bahrain is located at the entrance to the Manama souq in Bahrain’s capital city Manama. Built-in 1949, it once housed the government’s administrative offices and overlooked the sea. Bab Al Bahrain has undergone many big changes over the years, but the Ministry of Culture undertook a project to preserve it as a cultural landmark and thus restored it to its former glory and eventually moved its tourism sector offices and visitor’s center into the building. Behind Bab Al Bahrain is the old Manama souq. The souq is a vibrant collection of shops offering a wide range of goods from textiles, spices, incense, perfumes, handicrafts, and souvenirs, as well as more modern products from all over the world. There are also a number of traditional coffee shops. The souq offers a unique shopping experience that brings to mind the style of commerce from days long past. The Manama souq is a must-visit while in Bahrain that visitors will be sure to enjoy.
Amongst Bahrain’s mysterious ancient remains are the thousands of burial mounds that dominate the landscape north of the Island. The best-preserved and most impressive mounds are the royal burial mounds in the village of A’ali. 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. Pottery workshops in the vicinity of the mounds have developed organically over the years allowing the artisans to incorporate their installations around the tombs and even using burial chambers as kilns. The potters fire their pieces using traditional methods that have been handed down generation after generation.
A sprawling water park featuring vertiginous slides and other thrilling rides in addition to a large wave pool and lazy river. There is also a sandy beach.
Adhari Park is a brand-new visitor attraction in the Kingdom of Bahrain adjacent to the existing Adhari National Park. Spread across 165,000 square meters, it provides a complete leisure experience for the whole family, aiming to become the number one family attraction in the GCC, with 38 exciting outdoor and indoor rides for people of all ages, a Family Entertainment Centre, 10 food outlets at the Food Court, Dine-in restaurant, Coffee Shops, and a lot more.
You can’t resist the incredible feeling of a freefall in one of the tallest wind tunnels in the world; with an overall height of 12 meters, constructed with tempered glass. Jump in just like you would from an aircraft, but without a parachute, and even without boarding an airplane in the first place! Everyone can enjoy this body-flight experience, except for those reluctant to go on a life-changing adventure. We can guarantee you the thrill of an extraordinary and unforgettable experience!