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Bahrain means "two seas" in Arabic; visitors to the relatively liberal and cosmopolitan Manama can go dolphin-watching, scuba diving, and even pearl diving. The National Museum is stunning, and a must-visit before seeing the ancient burial mounds of A’ali.
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Off the Musakar Highway, between Riffa and Awali, near Jebel Dukhan, Bahrain, Jebel Dukhan, Bahrain
According to the Epic of Gilgamesh (a Babylonian creation myth) and some interpretations of the Old Testament, the mythical Garden of Eden - of Tree of Life fame - might have actually been in southern Bahrain. Local tour operators cite a sprawling...
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Road 2407 Building 491 Block 322 Road 2407 Manama Bahrain Manama BH 322 322 Manama BAHRAIN BH Manama BH, المنامة 322, Bahrain
If being on a desert island in the Persian Gulf means jet skiing, kayaking, wakeboarding, diving, and snorkeling, Coral Bay is water sport HQ. With its warm water, white sand, and a cosmopolitan mix of clientele, it’s also a hot spot for...
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Shaikh Hamad Causeway, Manama, Bahrain
Even if you’re not a fan of museums, this one gives pause for thought with its beautifully displayed and thoughtfully labeled dioramas depicting Bahraini life from the times of ancient Dilmun though the pearl diving period and into the present....
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Government Ave, Manama, Bahrain
Just behind the Bab Al Bahrain (The Gateway to Bahrain), amongst the Bangladeshi barbershops and Thai massage parlors, lies a labyrinth mishmash of perfume vendors, spice traders, and hubbly-bubbly hawkers touting their wares to locals and...
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Manama, Bahrain
Marble from Italy, glass from Austria, and teak from India have all been beautifully crafted together by local artisans into Al Fatih Mosque, the largest place of worship in Bahrain, capable of holding 7,000 of the faithful. Unlike most, this ...
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Manama Souq, Manama 304, Bahrain
As Bahraini and as authentic as it gets, Haji Gatwa, situated next to the Bab Al Bahrain, doesn’t even have a menu—just order your local faves depending on the time of day. Go for the ghoozi—grilled lamb stuffed with rice, boiled eggs, onions, and...
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Block 338, Manama, Bahrain
When the scorching heat of the Arabian sun finally mellows out in the winter months (Oct–Apr), al fresco fare in Block 338, Bahrain’s bohemian dining district, is de rigueur. Liou’s is perfect for a ladies' luncheonette and art aficionados will go...
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City Centre Mall, 2758 Road 4650, المنامة، Bahrain
For contemporary Northwest Indian cuisine in trendy wine bar–style décor (think brown hues with splashes of Bollywood orange), Asha’s serves up some of the tastiest tikka and biryani this side of the Ganges. Be sure to sample one of the four lassi...
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Rd No 1315, Riffa, Bahrain
Karak is black tea sweetened with evaporated milk and sugar and spiced with cardamom, the Arabic Gulf version of Indian chai masala. 977 Karak, a hole-in-the-wall tea shop in Muharraq, has been serving it up just the way the Bahrainis like it...
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Rd No 2819, Seef, Bahrain
If a traditional Arabic souq is just a little too atmospheric for you, try an updated, air-conditioned version under a glass ceiling at A’ali Mall. From heavily spiked fortress doors to keyhole archways, cantilevered lamp posts, and wooden carts...
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Government Ave, Manama, Bahrain
Ali Baba and his 40 thieves would have thought they’d gone straight to paradise if they'd stepped into this mall dedicated to that most precious of metals—gold. As a local bride’s dowry is still paid out in gold jewelry, this souq plays an...