Officially known as the Kingdom of Bahrain, the island country of Bahrain is a beautiful place to visit, and with luxury a given, you couldn’t pick anywhere better. Let’ts take a little look around beautiful Bahrain and see what sights and sounds it has to offer.
Like an oyster, Bahrain has a rough exterior that takes some prising open
That’s how Lonely Planet describes Bahrain and I can’t think of a better analogy for it. This is a part of the world where even though it’s easy to find a little bit of luxury, you’ll have to make a go of it if you want to experience something unique and not just within the confines of a resort.
Sandwiched in between Saudi Arabia & Qatar, and made up of more than 30 islands, Bahrain was for a long time known as a country that was dependent on high income from oil and banking. Over the last decade or so though there has been a massive shift toward growing tourism in to a major contributing factor to the GPA. Famed worldwide in the 19th Century for its pearl fisheries, it is becoming an increasingly popular holiday destination in the Middle East with lavish resorts and five star accommodation popping up all over the place.
With a modest population of 1.4 million, this small island country still has plenty to see and do. The capital city of Manama boasts a population of around 140,000 people making it the largest city in the country too. For anyone flying in to Bahrain, you will need to get a visa (just like travelling to the U.S.) but it’s a relatively easy process.
Once a merchant hub, it first rose to prominence further afield as a financial hub in the Middle East in the 1990s. This period seen a boom in building and infrastructure works with hotels in Manama popping up all over the place, and when you visit you will see a plethora of incredible sites including the Bahrain National Museum, the Arad Fort, the Museum of Pearl Diving and the Barbar Temple.
Manama also boasts some fantastic shopping; high end designer labels can be found alongside global high street brands in the many shopping centres throughout the city and there are three major malls; the Moda, the Dana and the Al Raya. If you like going to see really high end stores when on holiday just for a little peak around, I’d suggest the Moda Mall as it’s located inside the famous Bahrain World Trade Center.
If you’re a bit of a foodie, a lunchtime visit away from the heat to the Al Raya is ideal with an amazing burger joint called Bluefile Burger that is on par with the likes of Five Guys.
You can find out more about shopping in Manama by clicking here.
Staying in the hub of Manama is also an ideal spot from which to explore the rest of Bahrain too. The lovely Arabian coastline is worth a look too; and why not visit the Amwaj Islands? Getting to Bahrain is simple too thanks to Bahrain International Airport located just 7km north of Manama city centre. Getting around is easy enough in the city as you can get a taxi pretty much anywhere (although make sure to get the taxi drive to run the meter so they don’t just round up a fare) but if you’re travelling further afield, you’re best to hire a car yourself.
If these little nuggets have put you in mind for doing a little research in to taking a holiday in Bahrain, use a Qatar Airways discount to save money on flights for anyone flying form the UK to Bahrain.