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Tourist sites in Bahrain

Bahrain National Museum (BNM) was opened in 1988, and it  is an exemplary milestone to cover 6000 years of Bahrain’s history. The museum contains four main halls: archaeology and the ancient civilization of Delmon, two other halls depict the culture and lifestyle of Bahrain’s recent pre-industrial past, and the Natural History Hall that focuses on the natural environment of Bahrain through specimens of Bahrain’s flora and fauna.

The museum is located on the junction of Muharraq Bridge and King Faisal Street. BNM has a small lake that presents different types of sail boats. Currently, BNM is considered as one of the most important educational and cultural institutions in Bahrain as it is an information center and for students and researchers.

Opening hours: everyday from 8 am – 8 pm.

The Bahrain Fort is an archaeological site composed of an artificial mound created by human inhabitants during the period from 2300 BC to the 18th century. Among other things, the fort was once the capital of the Delmon civilization, and was a bulwark for Portuguese against their enemies. For these reasons, it was chosen UNESCO to be one of the World heritage sites in 2005. The fort is located on the seaside opposite Karbabad village.

  • Beit Al-Qur’an

Beit Al Qur’an, which was built in 1987 and located in Manama city, was inaugurated in March 1990. Beit Al – Qur’an house contains ancient manuscripts of the Holy quarn, which have been collected from the different parts of the Islamic World, from North Africa, Iran, India and China. It also displays the great Islamic Artifacts, jewelry and gold-ornamented glass utensil, as well as the great Islamic heritage arts that have influenced the world. it is definitely worth visiting as part of Bahrain touristic landmarks.

Ahmed Al-Fateh Islamic Centre is considered as an educational institution and art exhibition. It is also seen as a cultural center, architectural monument and a social institution due to its important role in people’s life, because it is the largest mosque in Bahrain and the most elegant. The center has a special place in Bahraini people’s hearts as it combines the architectural, traditional and Islamic heritage with the modern Arabic architecture as well as it combines modernity with contemporariness in construction, with a commitment to the art of Islamic decoration and calligraphy.

Opening times: Sunday-Thursday, 8:00am-4:00pm

Shaikh Isa Cultural Center has recently been opened by His Majesty King of Bahrain and is one of the largest cultural projects in the Gulf the centre has been called in memory of His Highness the late Amir of Bahrain Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa. The Centre includes a huge national library and a conference room.

Opening times: Sunday-Thursday, 8:00am-8:00pm

This center was opened on the 12th of January, 2002, to be a cultural forum. The Center is situated in Muharraq and its designed is is line with the distinctive architectural style of  the city of Muharraq. Since its established, this the center has been providing services to promote the Kingdom’s culture on a global scale. The center has so far entertained hundreds of  literary, political and artistic figures who come to share their  ideas and theories and artistic creativity with the others. Seen as an active edifice, the centre witnessed the addition of another hall that can hold  approximately 300 attendees.

The house was opened on 12 September, 2005, as a museum commemorating the achievements of the Bahraini singer and musician Mohammed bin faris. Bin Faris was a master of a type of music that originated in the Arabian Gulf region, the Sut. Through his own compositions and mastery of the art form, bin Faris bought Sut music to new heights and gave it a particularly Bahraini form.

Abdulla Al-Zayed House was built one hundred years ago and opened in 2003. The house has now been restored and adapted for use as a press heritage centre, containing a library and offices among other facilities. The two-storey courtyard house is located in Muharraq, a town with a rich historic urban fabric.

  • Coffee House “Bait Al Qahwa”

The Coffee House “Bait Al Qahwa”  was inaugurated on the 2nd of April 2009. It consists of three old houses combined and converted into a single project. The combination still maintains its original façade. The rationale of opening such building was to give the visitors the opportunity to meditate while enjoying drinking a cup of coffee.

  • Siyadi House

Siyadi House is one of the most famous Tourist Attractions in Muharraq Island in Bahrain. The Siyadi House is a 19th Century building constructed by Ahmed Bin Qassem Siyadi, a pearl merchant of the area. It reflects the 19th Century art and architecture in Bahrain. Currently, the house is opened to receive its visitors.

Siyadi House reflects the effect of hot climate of the ancient epoch. It reflects the Bahraini traditional character. It has stained wooden windows, ornate ceilings, carved screens and a large safe set into the wall of an upper reception room.

Opining Hours: Sunday – Wednesday from 8am-2pm, Thursday- Saturday from 9am-6pm and Friday from 3pm-6pm.

The house was built at the end of the 18th century and is characterized by its huge walls and small doors designed to protect the dwellers from the heat in summer and the severe cold in winter. It also has a ventilation opening locally known as “Badkeer”.

Opining Hours: Sunday – Wednesday from 8am-2pm, Thursday- Saturday from 9am-6pm and Friday from 3pm-6pm.

  • Al-Jasra House

The house is situated at the village of Al-Jasra on the west coast of Bahrain. Beit Al-Jasra or Al-Jasra House was constructed by Shaikh Hamad bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa in 1907 and was later taken as a summer residence to Shaikh Salman Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, ruler of Bahrain. Deserted for a long time, the house needed some renovation in 1986 when it opened its door again to receive its visitors.

Opining Hours: Sunday – Wednesday from 8am-2pm, Thursday- Saturday from 9am-6pm and Friday from 3pm-6pm.

  • Al-Jasra Centre

The centre is located at Al-Jasra Village. It consists of small rooms for crafts like: pottery, weaving and basket-making as well as the gifts that you can purchase for your loved ones.

Along with Al Khamis Mosque and Barbar Temple, The Giant A’ali Burial Mounds are located inside A’ali village and date back more than 5000 years. It is one of the most spacious graveyards in the world since it includes tombs from the era of Delmon, a civilization contempory the Pharaonic civilization in Egypt, the Assyrian and Babylonian civilizations in Iraq.

Working Hours: Sunday to Wednesday from 8:00 am- 12:00 pm, Thursday & Saturday from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and Friday from 3:00 pm- 6:00 pm.

Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) is located at Sakhir desert area. The circuit attracts hundreds of car races fans as the  home of motorsports in the Middle East. BIC has built wisely on the success of a prestigious event (Formula one) — on and off the track. The circuit consists of the eight-storey Sakhir Tower, luxury VIP lounges, hi-tech conference facilities and five-star catering have given the region a significant corporate entertainment and conference facility and made the track a serious destination for corporate clients.

Al -Areen Wildlife Park is the only nature reserve in Bahrain. The park covers more than eight square kilometres and has an impressive collection of birds and mammals, many of which are native to the Arabian Gulf Region. The area around the reception buildings is beautifully landscaped with mature trees, lawns, flower beds, ponds and ornamental water features. There are several species of water fowl such as ducks, pelicans and flamingos. Exotic birds, gazelles, Oryx, wild sheep and ostriches can also be seen in the park.

Working Hours: Saturday to Thursday from  8:00 am- 6:00 am and Friday: (closed)

Adhari Park is a brand new visitor attraction in 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.