Bahrain

About Best of Bahrain

Unique and knowledgeable, Best of Bahrain is a Destination Management Company (DMC) that gives travellers the opportunity to experience the Kingdom of Bahrain’s hidden gems, heritage, culture and tourist hotspots.

Best of Bahrain is the brainchild of Bahrain’s premier outbound travel management company, House of Travel, which has proudly served the Gulf and the Kingdom’s residents for over 25 years’.

Through its considerable expertise and team experience, Best of Bahrain has developed a variety of unique, and cost-effective packages, tours and services to meet the needs and desires of today’s commercial and business travellers.

Their mission is to provide memorable experiences, activities and services that broaden the mind and awaken the senses, by presenting opportunities for travellers to explore and discover the Kingdom of Bahrain and all it has to offer.

An experienced, passionate and multi-lingual team will help you to discover a wide array of services, carefully tailored to meet the needs of travellers that will undoubtedly enhance any visit to Bahrain.

Tourist destination highlights

• Visit the Dilmun Burial Mounds (UNESCO World Heritage Site) which were built between 2050 and 1750 BCE.

• Dive into the world’s largest underwater theme park with a 70-metre long decommissioned Boeing 747 as its centrepiece.

• Enjoy unparalleled views of the crystal-clear sea at Jarada Island, an island paradise for snorkling and dolphin watching.

• Take a trip to the archipelago of Hawar Islands, home to many bird species including the endangered cormoant, and encounter a dugong – a gentle mid-sized mammal.

• Be amazed by the monumental dome at Al Fateh Mosque in Manama, the largest fiberglass dome in the world.

• Celebrate the high speed thrills of motor sports at the Bahrain International Circuit, home to the annual Formula 1 Grand Prix.

• Lose yourself in spice-scented souks and witness some of the best examples of the Kingdom’s rich history in Muharraq.

• Sip cocktails and dance the night away while enjoying Bahrain’s vibrant nightlife.

• Admire the work of local artists and buy some unique Arabic crafts in the city of A’ali.

• Participate in a basket-weaving class at the Handicraft Centre in Al Jasra, a government-run centre to preserve local arts.

Best of Bahrain

Best of Bahrain

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Otman Mazouz
P.O. Box 565
Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain

Tel: +973 17 117 416
www.bestofbahrain.com

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Bahrain

Destination Overview

Bahrain is an Arabic word meaning “Two Seas” and refers to the two sources of water surrounding the islands, fresh water springs and the surrounding seas. Bahrain is an archipelago of 33 small islands and enjoys a strategic location in the Arabian Gulf midway between the Qatar peninsula and Saudi Arabia. It is connected to Saudi Arabia by a 25km causeway. Bahrain is divided into five governates: Capital, Central, Muharraq, Northern and Southern.

Apart from its booming financial services sector, Bahrain main products are aluminum, crude and refined oil, petrochemicals and gas. Around 5000 years ago Bahrain was home to the Bronze Age civilization of Dilmun, which lasted some two millennia. Dilmun was an important trade and commerce center, connecting business between Arabia and India, a tradition Bahrain still holds as a financial hub of the Middle East.

Since then, Bahrain has been occupied alternately by Babylonians, Sumerians, Greeks, Persians, Portuguese, and Turks, among others. The Greeks knew the island as Tylos and in the early Islamic era, the island was known as Awal. Qal’at al Bahrain (Bahrain Fort), an ancient harbor and capital of Dilmun, is featured on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Numerous other sites such as A’ali Tumuli Mound field, Barbar Temple, Saar Heritage Park, Arad Fort and Hawar Islands reserve are also being considered for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

Bahrain’s long and rich history has left its mark wherever one looks on the island. The Bahrain Fort speaks to its colonial past, the Dilmun Burial Grounds give us a glimpse of prehistoric times, while the Oil Museum is a testament to recent development. The stunning National Museum, the world-class National Theatre and the International F1 circuit are all proof of the state-of-the-art facilities of the country.

Manama – The modern capital and largest city of Bahrain. It has been at the center of major trade routes since antiquity. Long an important trading center in the Arabian Gulf, Manama is home to a very diverse population. Its name translates to ‘place of rest’ or ‘place of dreams’.

Juffair – A district situated in Manama, Bahrain. It was originally a separate village inhabited but it has been absorbed by the suburban expansion of Manama in the 20th century, and presently includes large parts of land reclaimed from the sea.The area’s location is in the southwestern corner of Manama, and most of its space comprises reclaimed lands. Its district features one of the most distinctive locations in the Kingdom of Bahrain due to its extensive coastline on one hand, and its proximity from the city’s most renowned areas.

Muharraq – A city on Muharraq Island and previous capital of the Kingdom. It’s known for its winding narrow alleyways with traditional Bahraini houses. It is the northernmost island of the Bahrain archipelago, in the Arabian Gulf. It lies at the southwest tip of the island and is connected by a causeway, about 1.5 miles (2.5 km) long, to the capital city of Manama. Bahrain International Airport lies just north of Al-Muḥarraq city.

Al Jasra  – A coastal village situated on the western coast of the Kingdom of Bahrain. It is situated in the Northern Governorate administrative region of the country and in the vicinity of the King Fahd Causeway. It is famous for the Aljasra handicrafts center which is considered one of the most important craft centers in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Qal’at Al Bahrain (Bahrain Fort) – A place of great historical significance due to its use as the capital of the Dilmun civilization, a Portuguese garrison, a trading port, a residential building, and a religious center. About 25% of the site has been excavated, revealing structures of different types: residential, public, commercial, religious and military. They testify to the importance of the site, a trading port, over the centuries. On the top of the 12 m mound there is the impressive Portuguese fort, which gave the whole site its name, qal’a (fort).

Riffa – Known in English as Ruffin, this is the second largest city in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Moreover, it is home to the royal family. Riffa is divided into two parts: East Riffa and West Riffa. The East part houses serval attractions, like the Shaikh Salman bin Ahmed Al Fateh Fort, or Riffa Fort, and shopping malls while the West Riffa area is mainly a residential area.

Amwaj Islands – A manmade body of islands northeast of Bahrain, Amwaj Islands provide the luxuries of waterfront living near the region’s top points of interest. It also features plenty of its own attractions, including premier shopping, dining, spas and outdoor fun.

Hawar Islands – An archipelago of desert islands owned by Bahrain. Lots of native wildlife, including one of the world’s biggest colonies of Socotra Cormorants, make this a great place for nature lovers. However, if you just want a beach break, you can enjoy that here too.

A’ali – One of the biggest towns in Bahrain. It is a part of the Northern Governorate, although from 2001 to 2014 it lay within the Central Governorate. A’ali is famous for two reasons: the Dilmun burial mounds, and the traditional pottery. There are around 10,000 burial mounds scattered across the western part of Bahrain, but the best place to witness this UNESCO world heritage site is in A’Ali. There are 13 single royal mounds and two double mounds here, and they are considered to be the best preserved in the Kingdom. They were built as two-storey towers and have a number of burial chambers worthy of the high status of those resting within.

Al Areen  – An area of 2 million square meters furthers Bahrain’s reputation as a friendly destination for family and health-oriented tourists. The development is a 35-minute drive from the Bahrain International Airport and 25 minutes away from the city centre of Manama . Al Areen Wildlife Park located there and it is a nature reserve and zoo. It was established in 1976 and has had a significant impact in the care of a lot of wild animals , rare birds and the preservation of vegetation in the region and the protection of plants and herbs.

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