Last updated: 29 November 2017
Comprised of more than thirty islands, Bahrain is situated in the Arabian Gulf. The capital city Manama has a well-developed commercial centre with more than three hundred and fifty modern shops and an enormous games arcade. Close by the souqs sell everything from spices to pearls and carpets.

Visitors can visit dhow builders, to see men plying the ancient craft. These boats are used for fishing, pearl diving or simply to transport goods and people. Hitch a ride on a dhow to one of the smaller islands around Bahrain.


Visit the Khamis Mosque built in the seventh century. See relics that go back more than four thousand years at the Bahrain National Museum, and visit the Bahrain Fort. Built by the Portuguese, it is surrounded by archaeological relics dating back to 2300BC.

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