1. Bahrain National Museum
The Bahrain National Museum was one of the first museums in the Gulf to open its doors in 1988. It displays historical artefacts dating back 6,000 years in the nation. The museum has a section devoted to old-fashioned architecture, furnishings, and crafts. Additionally, it contains an art gallery where you can view the creations of the top painters in the nation.
2. Bahrain National Theater
The Bahrain National Theater, the country’s first national theatre, is a well-known cultural landmark. With a seating capacity of 1,001, it is really the third-largest theatre in the Arab world—a reference to the Tales of 1,001 Arabian Nights. It has a smaller auditorium that can hold 100 people in addition to the main auditorium.
3. Bab Al Bahrain
The government’s administrative offices were once located at Bab Al Bahrain. Today, building serves as home to the tourist centre and offices for the ministry of culture’s tourism division. The Manama Suq, a traditional market where you can buy handicrafts, colognes, spices, fabrics, and other souvenirs, is located right outside its front doorsrs.
4. Beit Al Quran
A structure called Beit Al Quran, which translates as “House of Quran,” houses a collection of Quranic manuscripts. There are more than 50,000 books about Islam in Arabic, English, and other languages. It also has a museum, a mosque, a madrasa (religious school), and an auditorium.
5. Bu Maher Fort
Bu Maher Fort, built in 1840, formerly served as a significant fishing port. It is now the starting point of the “Pearling Path,” a UNESCO World Heritage Site that depicts the history of the local pearl dealers. From the harbour near the Bahrain National Museum, you may take a boat to the fort.
6. Formula One
Being the first Formula One Grand Prix to be held in the Middle East, the Bahrain Grand Prix bears this distinction. Since 2004, the Formula One racing competition has played a significant role in the sporting landscape of the kingdom. On the F-1 circuit, you can actually ride in a race vehicle!
The traditional Bahraini homes can be found in Muharraq, the former capital of Bahrain. For instance, the Sheikh Isa Bin Ali House has four grand courtyards and elaborately carved wooden doors. The Sheikh Ebrahim Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research, meantime, features a number of residences that highlight the rich past of the monarchy.
8. Qalat Al Bahrain Site and Museum
Qalat Al Bahrain, also known as “Bahrain Fort,” is a 17.5-hectare hilltop that is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the area since it was the old capital of Dilmun, Bahrain’s prehistoric name.
9. Sheikh Salman Bin Ahmed Al Fateh Fort
The Sheikh Salman Bin Ahmed Al Fateh Fort is situated in Riffa, thus the name “Riffa Fort.” The royal dynasty of the country, the Al Khalifas, formerly called it home. Visitors may now go there to learn about the history of the royal family and its subjects.
10. Suq Al Qaisariya
One of the oldest portions of the Muharraq Suq is Suq Al Qaisariya. Shops selling tea, spices, pearls, and other goods may be found here. After a long day of travelling and shopping, you may unwind at the area’s traditional café.