Manama
Bahrain
By Samantha Sineni

Manama combines the perfect amount of traditional Middle Eastern qualities with aspects of the contemporary world. The country hosts many record-breaking sites that provide tourists with experiences unique to Bahrain. Visitors to the small island find everything from high-end malls to ancient ruins.

Travelers arrive at Bahrain International Airport BAH. Taxis wait to take guests to desired destinations. For the duration of the stay, visitors will find taxis or public transportation systems useful. WhatsCheaper.com offers an easy and affordable way to book flights; just click here to get started (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php). WhatsCheaper.com also provides travelers with deals on hotel bookings; you can access our hotel finder at this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

Manama holds a rich history as the home of the ancient Dilmun civilization. One will find ancient ruins and artifacts of the old civilization along with historical Islamic relics. Qal’at al-Bahrain, or Bahrain Fort, provides the clearest view of Dilmun history. Archaeologists excavated only a portion of the site. Visitors will find ancient homes, religious structures, military buildings, commercial areas, and a Portuguese Fort atop the mound. Bab al-Bahrain, built in 1945, remains the gateway to the country. Land renovations moved the gateway inward from the sea and it now stands as the entrance to Manama souk, the oldest bazaar in Bahrain.

Whatscheaper.com suggests visiting a few of the museums for a closer look at ancient artifacts. Bahrain national museum provides an insightful look at the life if the Dilmun people. The museum also highlights the pearl diving industry and the formation of natural pearls. The Heritage Center allows guest to view ancient courts and weapons, modern art pieces, or learn falconry. The Currency Museum provides a timeline of the area and world coins dating from the Byzantine Empire to the early 90s. The upper floor holds rare books on world currencies. Beit al-Qur’an Museum homes rare manuscripts from the book of Islam and other religious artifacts. Each museum offers an abundance of information and a unique look at history travelers should not miss.

Mosques remain a necessary tourist destination for visitors of the Middle East. The al-Fateh Mosque remains one of the largest in the world. Opened in 1990, it holds over 7000 people and features the world’s largest fiberglass dome. Marble floors and an extravagant chandelier make the mosque an elegant site for tourists. The Tombs of Sar and A’Ali burial mounds offer another spiritual destination. With over 200,000 mounds, A’Ali presents the largest cemetery in the world.

Manama holds many natural wonders. The Tree of Life, voted one of the new wonders of the world, survives in an area without water. The 400-year old tree stands atop a 25-foot hill. Many believe the original Garden of Eden existed at the site. Al-Areen Wildlife Sanctuary helps preserve numerous Arabian species of plants and animals. With over 500 animals and more that 100,000 plants, visitors will find species native to Bahrain and those recently introduced.

Whatscheaper.com recommends Bahrain City Center or Adhari Park for travelers trying to escape the heat. The City Center offers an array of activities from shopping and dining, to Wahoo indoor water park and Magic Planet family entertainment center. Adhari Park provides family entertainment with a ten-lane bowling alley, miniature golf course, video game arcade, and wet and dry rides. Al-Dar islands also allow guests to cool down. The beach offers kayaking, snorkeling, volleyball in the water, and numerous other water activities.

Visitors will find an abundance of shopping options from malls to marketplaces, called souks. The famous Gold souk features beautiful gold items only sold in 18K and 24K. Located on the ground floor of the Bahrain World Trade Center, Moda Mall holds 150 boutiques selling luxury and international brands. Known for its architecture, Seef Mall hosts 370 outlets and 55 dining options. Bahrain offers shopping for tourists on any budget.

Manama, Bahrain offers entertainment for all types of people. Visitors with expensive taste to rugged water sports lovers will enjoy a trip to the island. Whatscheaper.com will help with finding affordable flights and hotels to ensure travelers get the most out of each vacation. We remind you to check the U.S. State Department website for any travel alerts in the area.

MUST SEE IN Manama LIST:

  • 1. Bab al-Bahrain
  • 2. Bahrain National Museum
  • 3. Gold Souk
  • 4. Beit Al Quran
  • 5. Al Dar Islands
  • 6. Qalat al-Bahrain (Bahrain Fort)
  • 7. Tree of Life
  • 8. Bahrain City Center
  • 9. Al-Fateh Mosque
  • 10. The Tombs of Sar and A'Ali

Manama EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Islamic New Year - January
  • 2. Autumn Fair Bahrain - January
  • 3. Bahrain International Book Fair - March/April
  • 4. Bahrain Grand Prix - April
  • 5. Murraq Summer Festival - June
  • 6. Independence Day - June
  • 7. Jewelry Arabia - November
  • 8. National Day - December
  • 9. Accession Day - December
  • 10. Milad al-Nabi

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Sheraton Bahrain Hotel
6 Palace Avenue, Manama, Bahrain
By Keleigh M. Quinn

Located in the business area of Manama, the Sheraton Bahrain Hotel provides a modern, convenient home base when you are visiting this capital city. This hotel is close to many embassies, and only a fifteen minute drive from the Bahrain International Airport. From this location, you can explore Bahrain Island, and easily reach Muharraq and Sitra using bridges. You can also explore Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar using the King Fahad Causeway. While staying here, you can enjoy the beautiful beaches and water, go shopping at the Souk where you will find spices, clothing and perfumes, or head to the Formula 1 Grand Prix race track. The Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Center is also only a few miles away.

Enjoy all of the amenities you expect from a Sheraton even when far away from home. This hotel offers separate men’s and women’s fitness facilities, an outdoor pool, a Jacuzzi and even a rooftop tennis court. You can even get a haircut in the Beauty Salon or Barber Shop. Several shops are located on the property, as well. Business travelers can take advantage of the 24 hour Business Center, and wireless internet access is available throughout the hotel.

There are several types of rooms and suites to choose from, all featuring the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed. You will find 32" LCD televisions, a DVD player, and optional wireless internet access in all rooms. Certain rooms offer Sea views, as well. A Mini-Bar and coffee maker are provided, and refrigerators and rooms with kitchenettes are available. Sheraton Club guest rooms include butler service, bottles water, and access to the Club Lounge where you will enjoy complimentary breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres.

Dining options abound here, from Soie Chinese Restaurant to the Golestan Iranian Restaurant. The Al Safir Restaurant offers a breakfast buffet and extensive menu for lunch and dinner, all with a view of the Persian Gulf. You can also stop by An Nada Lounge or Pergola for a cocktail while overlooking the pool.

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