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January 2018

6 Things to do on a Day Out in Bahrain

A country like no other, Bahrain is an island nation where thousands of years of rich history lines the horizons with modern skyscrapers, offering an unparalleled combination of cultural adventures, entertainment options and leisure destinations. Though Bahrain is best explored during the months from November to February, the country does offer tons of exciting experiences all through the year. Whatever be your preferred form of relaxation or amusement, you’ll find it in the Island of Pearls.

If you’re out and about in Bahrain and wondering about what to do and where to go, and trying to choose from the plethora of equally exciting opportunities and choices available to you, we explore some of the best that the country offers both leisure tourists and hardcore travellers alike.

1. Wahooo! Waterpark

Wahooo! Waterpark is one of the most modern and futuristic waterparks in the Middle East. Spread over 15,000 square-meters, it comes packed with games, rides, slides, pools and more. Designed on a theme of “sub-tropical paradise”, the waterpark features a moored schooner at its heart. A great place for people from all age groups, the park has 30% outdoor and 70% indoor activities and assures a delightful experience in all weathers. Moreover, since it's a part of City Centre Bahrain, once you’ve had your fill of the waterpark, you can always bounce next door for a few hours of shopping, to catch the latest blockbuster or visit your favourite eat-out.

Wahooo! Waterpark Bahrain

Wahooo! Waterpark Bahrain

Location: City Centre Bahrain, Building 2758, Road 4650, Sh. Khalifa Highway, Manama, Bahrain
Phone: +973 1717 3000
Opening Hours:
11:00 AM - 09:00 PM (Thursday - Friday)
11:00 AM - 08:00 PM (Saturday - Tuesday)
11:00 AM - 04:30 PM (Wednesday)
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Wednesday, Ladies Night)
Entrance Fees:
Above 1.2 m - BD 13
Under 1.2 m - BD 8.5
Under 3 years - BD 4
Disabled - BD 4

2. Magic Planet

As the name might suggest, this is a whole world of magical family entertainment. Magic Planet is packed with tons of exciting and engaging games, adventurous rides, and a futuristic 4D theatre. Whether you’re seeking a rush of adrenaline for the kids or for yourself, Magic Planet is the place to be.

Children and parents at Magic Planet, City Centre Bahrain

Children and parents at Magic Planet, City Centre Bahrain

Location: Level 2, City Centre Bahrain, Building 2758, Road 4650, Sh. Khalifa Highway, Manama, Bahrain
Phone: + 973 1717 3085
Opening Hours:
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM (Saturday - Wednesday)
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM (Thursday - Friday)

3. Bahrain’s Mosques and Old Houses

Bahrain has a rich heritage and cultural history that has been preserved almost perfectly. This can be experienced in everything from the unique architecture of its century-old houses to the mosques and monuments oozing with tradition and religious significance. 

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Bahrain Fort or the (Qalat al Bahrain) is considered to the site of the ancient capital of the Dilmun era. The site museum has 5 exhibition halls and houses artefacts reflecting the rich legacy and history of ancient Bahrain. 

Delve further into the exquisite and fascinating history of Bahrain in the shade of buildings and historic monuments like Al Fateh Mosque, Abdullah Al Zayed House for Bahraini Press Heritage, and Kurar House.

An outside view of the Al Fateh Grand Mosque in Manama

Al Fateh Grand Mosque in Manama

Location: Al Fatih Highway, Manama, Bahrain
Phone: +973 1772 7773
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Sunday - Thursday)

A night view of the Bahrain Fort

Bahrain Fort

Location: Karbabad, Capital Governorate, Bahrain
Phone: +973 1756 7172
Opening Hours:
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM (all 7 days)

4. Shop until you Drop

Bahrain, and especially Manama, is a shopper's paradise. This is true whether you're strolling through the many souks of Bahrain or through the magnificent malls spread across the country. Pay a visit to Bab Al-Bahrain Souk, a string of dainty yet memorable shops that line the streets behind Bab Al Bahrain (or the Gateway of Bahrain). The perfect place to stock up on souvenirs, the shops offer a true experience of the tradition and culture of the Arabian Gulf. Also, check out City Centre Bahrain. The largest mall in the country, it's packed with more than 340 exclusive brands outlets and 60 dining destinations. City Centre Bahrain is also home to famous hypermarkets like Carrefour, and many other fashions branding including Saks Fifth Avenue, Sacoor Brothers and Debenhams, an indoor-outdoor waterpark and a delightful family entertainment destination. So get out and get yourself some Bahraini retail therapy today.

Shopping at the Manama Souk

Manama Souk in Bahrain

Shop & Win displays, fun, and games at the Central Galleria of City Centre Bahrain

Shop & Win displays, fun, and games at the Central Galleria of City Centre Bahrain

5. The Azizia Bird Kingdom

The Azizia Bird Kingdom is a uniquely controlled ecosystem that's home to more than 70 species of birds from across the world and more than 500 in number. Some of these birds are critically endangered and have therefore been carefully bred and raised in captivity at the Azizia Bird Kingdom to aid in their conservation. The environment has been designed to not only provide a stimulating, engaging and fun experience for the whole family but also an educational one. 

Birds at the Azizia Bird Kingdom

Birds at the Azizia Bird Kingdom

Location: Jood, Amwaj Islands, Bahrain
Phone: +973 1603 0597
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM (Tuesday - Sunday)
Entrance Fees:
Adult - BD 1.5
Children - 500 fils


6. Nightlife in Bahrain

Bahrain, through all of its heritage and history, has a rich and happening nightlife. This is rather rare in the region and is helped by the rather relaxed rules in the country when compared to others in the Middle East. However, Bahrain's nightlife isn't just about pubs and bars but is brought alive by the must-see neighbourhoods, the exotic restaurants and the vibrant music scene. Check out W-Night at Bushido Lounge for the best ladies-night anywhere in Bahrain or Salsa night at Bizarre Lounge to dance the night away to Latin rhythms.

Inside the Bushido Lounge (Manama)

Bushido Lounge, Manama

Location of Bushido Lounge: Building Nr 52, Road 38, Block 428, Seef Area, Kingdom of Bahrain 
(to the right of Ritz Carlton Hotel)
Phone: +973 1758 3555
Opening Hours:
12:00 PM - 2:00 AM (Monday - Saturday) 
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM (Sunday)


So, if you're out in Bahrain with your friends or family and wondering what to do and where to go for a day of fun and entertainment, remember that there is something exciting and memorable just around the corner. The only trouble you'll have is trying to choose between the plethora of entertainment options. So, get ready to have a blast in Bahrain!


August 2015

Behold Beautiful Bahrain

Amidst the azure waters of the Persian Gulf, lies the island nation of Bahrain. This land mass made of 33 islands has a heritage that dates back several millennia and today boasts of a buzzing modern lifestyle and cosmopolitan outlook that sets it apart from the rest. Bahrain offers a wide variety of options for the avid traveller, from timeless landscapes and archaeological treasures to the thrill of the Formula One, places to visit and experience in Bahrain are aplenty.

Home to the ancient Dilmun civilization, Bahrain has been an important centre of ancient commerce for more than 4000 years. So it’s no surprise that this ancient land has been influenced by several cultures.

Today, Bahrain’s skyline is punctuated with skyscrapers that talk about its emergence as a hub for banking and financial activities.

Here are the top ten places to visit in Bahrain -

1. Bahrain National Museum: Step back in time when you step through the doors of the Bahrain National Museum. Get a glimpse of the nation’s rich cultural and historic legacy as you walk through the main halls that hold ancient artefacts, each with a story to tell. From the traditional handicrafts to the local customs and traditions, a tour of the museum will be an enriching experience that proves why the Bahrain National Museum is still the most popular tourist attraction in Bahrain.

2. Qal'at al-Bahrain: As you walk through the empty hallways of this ancient fort, you are filled with the realization that you are walking among legends. Just a 10 minute drive from the capital city of Manama, the Qal’at al-Bahrain is one of the best preserved sites of the ancient Dilmun heritage. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the forts sits atop an artificial hill and was the capital of the Dilmun culture.

3. Al Fateh Mosque: This beautiful testament to Islamic architecture has been built with marbles from Italy, glass from Austria, teak wood from India and finally crafted to perfection by the local Bahraini artisans. Explore Islamic architecture at its finest at the grandiose Al Fateh Mosque, located in Manama.

4. Al Areen Wildlife Park & Reserve: When the wild calls, you can’t help but answer. Especially when it’s the Al Areen Wildlife Park and Reserve in Bahrain. This expansive reserve is home to the Arabian Leopard, the Ostrich, the Arabian Gazelle, the Oryx and more. Al Areen is the perfect place to experience Arabian wildlife unlike ever before.

5. City Centre Bahrain: No visit to Bahrain is ever complete without spending an evening at the largest shopping, leisure and entertainment destination in Bahrain. Give your children the ride of their lives at Magic Planet, enjoy exciting water rides at Wahooo! Waterpark or watch the latest blockbusters at Cineco20 Cinemas. With over 340 exclusive brands, 60 dining outlets and a million possibilities, you’ll be spoilt for choice at City Centre Bahrain.

6. The Tree of Life: If you are looking for a miracle in Bahrain, you’ll find it under the shade of this 400-year-old majestic mesquite tree. This tree is believed to be from the Garden of Eden and is a popular tourist destination. The tree has miraculously survived the ravages of time and still stands fresh and green among a sea of sand.

7. Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park: Discover a refreshing experience amidst your travels in Bahrain at the Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park. Centred on the theme of the Dilmun civilization, this state-of-the art water park is a fun-packed adventure for adults and kids of all ages.

8. Al-Jasra: Watch women weave mats from palm fronds both plain and bright, learn basket making, pottery and boat building too while you are at it. At Al-Jasra, a popular handcraft centre, get a taste of the local Bahraini life as you stroll past historic homes and tree-lined pathways.

9. Suq Al-Qaisariya: Explore this ancient marketplace trading in wares of envy for a charming shopping experience. More than 100 years old, it has been recently renovated and has several shops selling traditional wares.

10. Bahrain International Circuit: Get a taste of the fast life at the Bahrain International Circuit, the Home of Motorsport in the Middle East. The Bahrain International Circuit is open throughout the year and has recently opened a Karting Circuit for the thrill seeker. The Grand Prix week is a yearly event that attracts the who’s who of the racing world and speed enthusiasts from around the world.

A trip to Bahrain is an adventure waiting to happen. All you need is a willing heart and a wanderlust that will transport you to an experience that is Bahrain.

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