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Municipalities in Bahrain : Al Hadd, Al Manamah, Al Mintaqah al Gharbiyah, Al Mintaqah al
Wusta, Al Mintaqah ash Shamaliyah, Al Muharraq, Ar Rifa' wa al Mintaqah al Janubiyah, Jidd Hafs, Madinat Hamad, Madinat 'Isa, Juzur Hawar and Sitrah.
Bahrain is a group of 33 islands
situated in the Persian Gulf (*), off the east coast of Saudi Arabia.
The state takes its name from the largest island Bahrain. It is linked by causeways to Muharraq [ international airport ] and Sitra [ industrial area and tank-farm ].
There are numerous other tiny islands, but they are mainly uninhabited and are best known for the variety of migrating birds which pass through in spring and autumn.
Capital City of Bahrain: Manama
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Hotels in Bahrain
Booking - Hotels in Bahrain - Hotel Guide Bahrain - Manama, Muharraq and Juffair
Gulf Hotel *****, Al Juffair street, Manama
Like Bahrain's 5000 years of exotic heritage, we are steeped in history…
The first and biggest five star hotel ever built on the Island, Gulf Hotel combines luxury and tradition to give
you the utmost in comfort and service.
The impressive and unrivaled Gulf International Convention & Exhibition Center located within the hotel
complex is a showcase of professionalism offering every facility and resource support for mounting any type of event to the highest standards.
Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain *****, 143 Road 2403, Al Muharraq
There is something wonderfully unique about the Moevenpick Hotel Bahrain which blends the classic Swiss
touch with Arabian hospitality. Strategically located opposite the airport, overlooking a lagoon, it offers a fine
restaurant, international bar, an atrium lobby restaurant and a pool bar. With a spacious parking area, two
outdoor tennis courts and a large pool, it lies within ten minutes driving distance of the city, making it ideal both as a leisure retreat and a business destination.
- Hotels Manama
Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.
Travel Agents / Tour Operators / Bahrain specialists
British Airways - Holidays in Bahrein
Watch traditional falconry displays or trawl modern malls on the oil-rich Gulf island of Bahrain. You'll be
fascinated by Bahrain's rich cultural heritage from the narrow streets of Manama's souk bazaar to Bronze
Age excavations and Portuguese forts. Take a camel ride through the desert, stopping for a rest under the shady iconic Tree of Life.
Create your perfect trip to Bahrain - Flight, Hotel and Car
Albadar Travel Agency
AlBader Travel & Tourism is one of the leading and progressive travel agencies in Bahrain, providing a wide range of travel and travel-related services for inbound and outbound travel.
Aquatique Dive School
As a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre, AQUATIQUE offers the full curriculum of Snorkelling and
Scuba education and experiences from a 'bubbling' excursion in the pool... to professional career and Instructor Training... and beyond.
Aquatique also conducts dive experiences and excursions from 2 major resort hotel complexes. Le Royal
Meridien Hotel in Bahrain and The Hawar Resort Hotel at Hawar Island. Both of these facilities offer a wide
range of snorkelling and scuba diving experiences designed for the beginner and the virtuoso.
Travel Guides Bahrain / Related Books
Bahrain Mini Visitor's Guide
The little book that packs a big punch, the Bahrain Mini Explorer may fit in your pocket but it's bursting with information on this fascinating island nation. With
excellent maps to aid exploring, a comprehensive shopping chapter with insider info on the best buys, sports and spas, and reviews on restaurants
and the nightlife, this is an indispensable guide to an one of the most fascinating countries in the Gulf.
Paperback: 192 pages; Publisher: Explorer Publishing; 1 Pap/Map edition (15
Jun 2008); ISBN-10: 9948033191; ISBN-13: 978-9948033196.
Transport / How do I travel to Bahrain
Bahrain International Airport
- Flights to Bahrain
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British Airways - Flight tickets Bahrein
British Airways flights to Bahrain land at Bahrain International Airport, just four miles north of Bahrain's capital city Manama. On the way into Manama after
flights land you'll pass the UNESCO-listed Qalat al-Bahrain mound, topped by a Portuguese fort.
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Bahrain Mini Map
Map: 2 pages; Publisher: Explorer Publishing; 1 edition (15 Jun 2008); Language English; ISBN-10: 9768182709; ISBN-13: 978-9768182708.
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Government - State of Bahrain
Manama - Capital City Bahrain
Situated on the Persian Gulf, in the northeast of Bahrain Island
The house was built by Shaikh Hamad bin Abdulla Al Khalifa in 1907, and was the birthplace of the present
Amir in July 1933. Restored in 1986 and are now open to the public.
Al Jazaer Beach
one of the oldest relics of Islam in the region, and the foundations are believed to have been laid as early as
692AD. An inscription found on the site, however, suggests a foundation date sometimes during the 11th
Century. It has since been rebuilt twice in both 14th & 15th centuries, when the minarets were constructed.
This 16th century fort of Arabic construction is probably one of the first landmarks you will see upon arrival to
Bahrain due to its proximity to the airport.
The first dwellings on the site are believed to have been constructed around 2800 BC, and have
subsequently been overlaid by numerous fortified settlements. The last was built in the early 16th century to
defend Portugal's recent acquisition of the islands-for this reason, it is also known locally as the Portugueese Fort.
Beit Al Qur'an - House of the Qur'an
The House of the Qur'an was built to accommodate a comprehensive and valuable collection of the Holy Qur'an and manuscripts, a concept which is unique in the Arabian Gulf.
Excavations, which were begun in the 1950s and 1960s, have revealed three stone-built temples dating from
the second and third millennia BC. It is believed that they were built as a place of worship for the God of Spring Waters, Enki, and a sacred well within the complex strengthens this theory.
Museum of Pearl Diving
The 'Museum of Pearl Diving' building is regarded as one of the most important and historic buildings in Bahrain
. Its importance derives from being the first official center for the Bahrain Courts.
Salman bin Ahmed Al fateh Fort
Standing on a low escarpment, overlooking the valley between the east and west Riffa the fort held an ideal
strategic position during the 18th century
Shaikh Isa's House
Shaikh Isa's house, in the old town of Muharraq, was once the home of the Amir`s great-grandfather, Shaikh
Isa Bin Ali Al khalifa . It provides a fine example of local architecture, complete with wind tower, wall carving
and lattice work, and its representative of traditional 19th century life. One of the early forms of " air
conditions" was the wind tower, a traditional landmark of local architecture. This would act as a funnel,
catching the breeze and drawing it down it down into the cavities below, as well as allowing the release of hot air like a chimney.
Soukhs in Bahrein
The Soukh, The Gold Soukh en The Cloth Soukh
One of the most impressive examples of a 19th century built by the pearl-merchant Ahmed Bin Qassem Siyadi
and has many fine features to look out for, including ornate ceilings, stained-glass windows, carved screens and a large safe set into the wall of a small, upper reception room.
Bahrain International Circuit
Grand Prix Bahrain [ F1 ] and more...
Up to 30 species of coral and in excess of 200 species of fish can be found, in particular, on the northern
offshore reefs of Bahrain. Here, divers, underwater photographers and snorkellers can discover a myriad of
Indo Pacific species including clown fish, trigger fish, surgeon fish,turtles, rays, lion fish,grouper, snapper,
crayfish and even whalesharks; while tuna, mackerel, trevally and barracuda cruise above. In addition to reef
diving there are a number of wrecks around the island, including ships, planes, tugs and barges that have
something special to offer the inveterate diver. Dugongs (sea cows) can also be seen feeding on the sea grass in the southern waters of Bahrain during the cooler winter months.
Golf - Riffa Golf Club
Bahrain's first international 18 hole grass golf course, just 15 minutes from the country's capital Manama and 20 minutes from the King Fahad Causeway link with Saudi Arabia.
Bahrain's love of all things equestrian is further revealed in its splendid racetrack, together with a grandstand
those seats 10.000 spectators. Meetings are held every Friday from October to March. Car parking and programs are free; however, betting is strictly prohibited.
Newspaper - Akbar AlKhaleej - arabic
Newspaper - Al Ayam - arabic
TV - Bahrain television
Newspaper - Bahrain Tribune
Newspaper - Gulf Daily News
Recorded as far back as 5000 years ago, Pearl Diving has been Bahrain's heritage for millennia and ,today,
these same productive oyster beds (the largest of their kind in the world) continue to flourish.
*) The controversial term Arabian Gulf, the subject of the Persian Gulf naming dispute, may refer to the : a.)
Persian Gulf, the internationally recognized name and b) Red Sea, an older name rarely used by some European nations until the nineteenth century. See Persian Gulf naming dispute.
History of Bahrain
Known in ancient times as Dilmun, Bahrain was an important center of trade by the 3rd millennium B.C. The
islands were ruled by the Persians in the 4th century A.D., and then by Arabs until 1541, when the
Portuguese invaded them. Persia again claimed Bahrain in 1602. In 1783 Ahmad ibn al-Khalifah took over, and
the al-Khalifahs remain the ruling family today. Bahrain became a British protectorate in 1820. It did not gain full independence untill Aug. 14, 1971.
Bahrain's History - Wikipedia
Bahrain was once part of the ancient civilization of Dilmun and served as an important link in trade routes between Sumeria and the Indus Valley as long as 5,000 years ago.
In the first century AD, Bahrain was referred to by the Greeks as "Tylos", the centre of pearls trading...
The Land of Enki in the Islamic Era: Pearls, Palms, and Religious Identity in Bahrain
Presenting the results of a recent archaeological survey of the region, this book attempts to uncover the
history of Bahrain during the period between the 6th and 13th centuries AD, of which little is currently understood.
Hardcover 300 pages (November 1, 2004); Publisher: Kegan Paul; Language: English; ISBN: 0710309600
Houses some fascinating exhibits, including drilling equipment, documents, old photographs and a working model of an oil rig.
Oil Well No.1
As its name suggests, this is the first oil well in the Gulf. "Spurted" on 16th October 1931, the well finally
began to blow heads of oil on the morning of 2nd June 1932, too much celebration on the part of those
involved in the project. It is situated below jebel Dukhan, the Mountain of Smoke, which, at a height of 134
meters (450 feet), is the highest point of the island. Its name comes from the misty haze, which frequently surrounds it on a hot and humid day.
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