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Bahrain, officially known as the Kingdom of Bahrain, is the third smallest country in Asia. The Arabic word Bahrain means between the two seas. Bahrain, an island country between two seas, is located in the center of the Gulf trade routes. Neighbouring Saudi Arabia and Qatar, this beautiful gem is definitely worth a visit.

Bahreyn travel guide

General Information

Language Arabic
Capital of Bahrain Manama
Location Middle East
Local Time GMT+3
Currency Unit Bahrain Dinar
Type of Socket G
Annual Average Temperature 22.2°C
Climate Desert
Area 765,3 km²
Endemic Desert

Language 

The official language in Bahrain is Arabic. However, since English widely spoken, there is no difficulty dealing with people and tradesmen when you go to Bahrain.

Capital

The capital of Bahrain is Manama, the largest city in the country. It is located in the north of the country.

Annual Average Temperature

The weather in Bahrain is generally warm and humid, with an average annual temperature of 22.2 °C.

Endemic

The vegetation of Bahrain is composed of deserts.

Where is Bahrain?

Bahrain is an island country located in the Persian Gulf in Asia. Qatar is in the southeast of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia is in the west.

How to Get to Bahrain?

To go to Bahrain and see its unique beauty, all you have to do is book a flight. You can find flights from different cities in Turkey with Pegasus to Bahrain International Airport. Pegasus offers you and your loved ones the most comfortable experience with the best prices.

Public Transport in Bahrain

In Bahrain, where local transportation is limited, there are several companies that organize bus tours for tourists. You can also use taxis as an alternative to the buses. If you wish, you can also ride camels in the touristic areas.

Transportation from the Airport to the City Center

The distance between Bahrain International Airport and the city center is about 6 km. You can go to the city center from the international airport by bus, taxi or you can easily reach the city center by renting a car.


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Places to Visit in Bahrain

Bahrain is a country with many glorious buildings and a historically significant location. You should definitely visit this country where you can see and explore the Arab history.

Bahrain Castle

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bahrain Castle is located on the desert hills to the west of Manama. The castle was used by the Portuguese in the 6th century. Researchers found evidence of construction in the area dating back to 2300 BC. If you are interested in history, you should definitely visit this castle.

Bab Al Bahrain

This building, built between 1945 and 1949, is the oldest commercial center of Manama, symbolically known as the gateway to the city. Make sure to visit this unique and historical structure and read about its history.

Al Fateh Grand Mosque

Al Fateh Grand Mosque

This building, one of the largest mosques in the world, was built in 1987 by Sheikh Isa bin Salman Khalifa. This mosque in the capital is a place of worship with an area of 6,500 square meters and is open to tourists.

Bahrain National Museum

Opened in December 1988, Bahrain National Museum, one of the oldest museums in Bahrain, has a rich collection spread in 27,800 square meters. There are 9 original galleries and laboratories in this museum, which contains artifacts like hand-written Quran and historical documents. If you want to learn details of the Arabic history, you can add this museum to your list.

Pearl Museum

Built in 1937 and describing the history of Bahrain, you can examine the chronological instruments used to extract pearls from the past to the present. You can also get information about the formation of pearls.

Where to Stay in Bahrain?

Bahrain is visited by many tourists every year and Bahrain offers a wide range of accommodation options to its visitors. You can spend your holiday in luxury and various hotels as you wish or pick a more budget friendly accommodation. In the capital of Bahrain, Manama, there are a wide range of accommodation options all which are known for their hospitality, entertaining nightlife and concerts. Most of these hotels are very close to the city center and located on regions such as Government Street, Awal Street and Kuwait Avenue. Hotels near these regions are close to night clubs, restourants and cafes. If you are planning a sea holiday, you can choose hotels near Al- Muharrak. These hotels can be found on the Shaikh Hamad Causeway, Juffair or Zallaq.


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What to Eat in Bahrain?

Bahrain’s traditional food is mostly very spicy and hot. Meals are usually based on meat or chicken combined with potatos, rice, onion or vegetables. The most famous dish of Bahrain is machboosdan which consists of spice, meat and rice. Others are samosa, Muhammar and Halwa Showaiter. Halwa is a dessert which is made of cornflour, nuts and saffron. There are many restaurants in Manama in which you can taste these foods.

Bahrain Food

  • Samosa
  • Roti
  • Muhammar
  • Machboos
  • Kebab
  • Gahwa
  • Falafel

Bahrain Restaurants

  • Bayti Contemporary Middle Eastern Cuisine
  • Zahle
  • Rayes Restaurant
  • Maya La Chocolaterie

Shopping in Bahrain: Best Souvenirs to Buy

The Kingdom of Bahrain offers tremendous opportunities for shopping and souvenirs. You can go to Manama Bazaar and buy everything from clothes to jewelry. If you like to cook, you can buy local spices from Manama Bazaar and add them to your meals when you return home. Alternatively, you can buy carpets to decorate your home from the carpet stores in Manama or Adilaya or you can bring them as gifts to your loved ones. If you or someone you know like to wear jewelry, you can buy pearls from the land of pearl Bahrain as a gift.

Things to Know Before Visiting Bahrain

Bahrain is a very hot country, but there may be sandstorms. Therefore, you should pay attention to the weather when you’re there. In addition, since the country is rich in oil, you travel in the city by renting a car.

Nightlife in Bahrain

nightlife in Bahrain

In the Kingdom of Bahrain, which has a very lively nightlife, it is possible to find nightclubs, bars or cafés open at night. Especially in Manama, you can visit the Juffair area to enjoy all the city has to offer.

Holidays in Bahrain

  • New Year (1 January)
  • Labor Day (1 May)
  • Ramadan Feast (Changes every year)
  • Sacrifice Holiday (Changes every year)
  • Hijri Christmas (21 September)
  • Ashura Holiday (Changes every year)
  • Hz. Muhammad’s Birthday (30 November)
  • Bahrain National Day (16 December)

Festivals in Bahrain

  • Ashura Festival: (General of Country, Changes Every Year)
  • Milad Un Nabi: (General of Country, April)
  • Independence Day: (General of Country, June)
  • Ramadan Feast and Sacrifice Day (General of Country, Changes Every Year)
  • National Day (16 December)

Visa Requirements

Most countries citizens traveling to Bahrain are required to submit Bahrain visa procedures prior to their travel to this country. Check here to see if you need a visa to enter Bahrain.

FAQ about Bahrain

  • What are the emergency numbers in the Kingdom of Bahrain?

Ambulance:999

Police:999

Fire Department:999  

  • Is the Kingdom of Bahrain safe?

  Yes, Bahrain is a safe and quiet country. You can visit at any time of the year.

 
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