Bahrain is an Islamic country, and the most popular religious site to see is the Al-Fatih Mosque in Manama. The mosque’s dedicated, and extremely informative, guides will lead you through, showing you impressive architectural features whilst explaining some of the different aspects to religious etiquette. Bahraini architecture is extraordinarily beautiful, and an another excellent example of this is at the house of Bait Al Jasra, the birthplace of the late Emir of Bahrain.
A Middle Eastern archipelago made up of 33 islands in the Persian Gulf, Bahrain is the smallest of the Persian Gulf states, but is a kingdom rich with history, culture and tradition. With a name that means the “two seas” in Arabic, Bahrain has always had a significant relationship with water. Its offshore sweet-water springs are what enabled it to develop in its early days, while Manama, Bahrain’s capital, rises proudly of out land that has been reclaimed from the sea.
For those wanting to learn more about Bahrain’s fascinating history, culture, and a once-booming pearl industry, there are many different ways in which you can do this, but the Bahrain National Museum, the most popular attraction in the country, is the best place to start. The museum is located near the city of Murharraq, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its pearl industry, and, if you really want to immerse yourself in Bahrain’s past, the Dar Island Resort is where you can have the unique opportunity to dive for pearls. Another popular historic attraction that gained UNESCO status in 2005 is the Bahrain Fort, which was built in the 16th century and has recently been restored to all of its former glory.
Being an archipelago, there are different islands nearby that can easily be visited on a day-trip. The Al Dar Islands have some beautiful beaches, while the Hawar Islands are an archipelago of desert islands where you can spot some native wildlife, from the dolphins splashing around in the calm waters to the vibrant flamingos standing majestically in the shallow shores.
Of course, no visit to the Middle East is complete without shopping at some of the local souks. The Bab Al Bahrain souk is one of the best in the country, and can be found in Manama. With its lavish water features and an endless array of local hawkers selling everything from perfumes to spices to kebabs, you could easily spend quite a few hours here browsing all of the stalls. Manama is also a hot spot for night shopping, with the local souks staying open well into the evenings.
When it comes to the dining options in Bahrain, the five-star hotels are usually where you will find the best fine dining restaurants, but there are many other equally worthwhile eateries all over the country. Alcohol is also widely available across the country, and can be enjoyed at many different restaurants and bars. While Bahrain may be a tiny nation, it makes up for this with its vibrant culture and rich history, making just about any visit an unforgettable one.
The historical city of Manama is now the modern and vibrant capital of the island kingdom of Bahrain, and is home to around a quarter of the country’s population. With a thriving economy, Manama is a major financial center, and its ever-rising skyline is dotted with magnificent steel and glass spires. Bahrain is an Islamic country, and Manama is home to one of the largest mosques in the world, the Al-Fateh Mosque, where visitors can enjoy guided tours. The city is also where you will find a number of other cultural and historic sites, from the Bahrain Fort to the Bahrain National Museum to the Museum of Pearl Diving.
Manama’s name means ‘sleeping place’, and while it may be quite the sleepy city during the day, it bursts into a frenzy of life in the evenings. It is known around the country for its fantastic late night shopping opportunities, at both the sleek malls as well as the local souks, and has made quite the name for itself due to its fine dining restaurants, stylish hotels and pulsating bars and clubs. Manama is a destination that the locals seek out for a weekend of fun, decadence and indulgence, and its cosmopolitan vibe intermingled with its history and heritage makes it an incredible city to visit and explore.
OROGOLD Manama Store
Situated in the heart of Manama, City Centre Bahrain is the country’s largest mixed-use mall, making it the ultimate shopping, leisure and entertainment destination in Bahrain. With over 340 retailers, the mall is a shopper’s paradise, especially since 50% of those retailers are new to Bahrain. From fashion to jewellery to speciality stores, City Centre Bahrain has just about everything that you could desire, and all under one roof. It is also where you will find one of our very own OROGOLD stores, where you can sample and purchase products from all of our collections. After a busy day of shopping, you can enjoy a meal at one of the mall’s many different restaurants, or spend some time at its unique attractions, including the first indoor-outdoor waterpark in the Middle East. City Centre Bahrain is also home to two high-end hotels, making it even more convenient to spend your days enjoying all that the mall has to offer. The OROGOLD Manama Store is also located here.
Address: Building 2758, Road 4650, Block 346, Sh. Khalifa Highway, Manama
Contact No: 1-877-554-1777
Store Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM (Saturday – Wednesday)
10:00 AM – 00:00 AM (Thursday – Friday)