World Trade Center in
Manama, the capital
city of Bahrain.
If it's your first foray into the Middle East, say experts, make it Bahrain.
is the official language, English is widely understood throughout
A group of
33 islands situated in the Arabian Gulf off the east coast of
Saudi Arabia, "small but beautiful Bahrain" is where you'll find one of the hippest
areas of the Arab world.
Here, modern hotels and restaurants join with a lively nightlife
in the capital city of Manama, today considered to be on an equal
par with any throughout the West.
For fun in the sun, the main island is surrounded by miles of Gulf coastal private and public beaches that are quite popular especially on weekends.
travelers enter the country by air, the main island is linked
to the mainland by the King Fahad
Causeway, an astounding 15.5 mile long bridge and modern feat
of engineering completed in 1986.
Rich in history
(mainly due to the availability of a fresh water aquifer that
has been fought over for millennia), Bahrain is home to many ancient
castles and fortifications that are always well worth a visit.
Also don't miss the mind-boggling array of historical artifacts
found at the Bahrain
For the sights,
sounds and exotic scents of traditional Bahrain commerce, be sure
to head over to the central market to barter over colorful textiles,
gold jewelry, fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, or
anything else on sale that day.
DID YOU KNOW? Bahrain Travel Fun Facts
This way to the Tree of Life.
• While in Bahrain don't miss a visit to the famous Mesquite tree called the Tree of Life which is 400 years old and stands alone in the desert of Bahrain. (Its water source still remains a mystery.)
• Hungry for local news? Get your fix at the English-language Gulf Daily News based in Manama.
• In Bahrain, be adventurous! There are burger joints where you can order a camel burger with a side of fries.
More about Bahrain tourist attractions around the Web:
- Wonderfully complete for pleasure seekers, business travelers
or expats, this guide is packed with information on getting around, where to to stay,
shop or play, with trip planner and itinerary suggestions, news,
feature stories, and a very helpful 'Understanding Arabs: A Westerner's
Bahrain - This is a good starting point for first-timers including
a portal to all major airlines and tour operators serving Bahrain
along with tons of additional information on hotels & restaurants,
major attractions, feature stories on what's happening around
town including weekly schedules of Bahrain night life, practical
travel tips, weather facts, pictures and maps.