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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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Seef Mall, Rd No 2819, Seef, Bahrain
The aroma of Aroma is sheesha. For the uninitiated, sheesha (or hookah as it’s sometimes called) is tobacco flavored with fruity molasses and smoked in Alice in Wonderland style water pipes. If you’ve ever fancied smoking bubble gum, cappuccinos...
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For those with a predilection for The Fast and the Furious, race on over to the Bahrain International Circuit, where Vin Diesel wannabes can take their own vehicles onto the circuit’s strip as part of "Drag and Drift Nights." 4x4 dune bashing,...
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Al Janabiyah, Bahrain
A trip to the Middle East just wouldn’t be complete without snapping a selfie with a camel. At Janabiyah Camel Farm (the last exit before Saudi Arabia off King Fahad Causeway) you’ll find dromedaries at all stages of life, including adorably...
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Saar, Bahrain
Some 4,000 years ago, before the rise of either the Persian or Ottoman empires, a Bronze Age settlement of Mesopotamian traders who dealt in Bahraini pearls, Omani copper, and Arabian dates rose up from the arid coastal plains just 10 kilometers...
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Wahoo! Waterpark is the Arabian Peninsula’s first indoor-outdoor, temperature-controlled water park. With its sub-tropical theme that includes a wave pool, lazy river, and thrill rides such as the Mat Racer, Sidewinder, Flow Rider, and Black Hole,...
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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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Seef, Bahrain
If you like your dining ambiance Polynesian, your music Cuban, and your menu fusion international, Trader Vic’s is your kind of watering hole. The chili hammour (grouper) and New Zealand wines are highly recommended.
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Wadi Al Ahd Avenuepo Box 5878, المنامة 609, Bahrain
Hunter’s Lodge is the stuff of sailor lore, an oasis among sheikhdoms where Filipino barmaids serve up Coors in cans to the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, heavy metal music blaring in the background. With the insignia, pictures, and mementos of R&Rs...
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Bld#404, Road#382, Block#338, Adliya Manama BH 338، Manama, Bahrain
If you’re craving a proper pint and gourmet pub food, look no further than the Palace Boutique Hotel’s Polo Gastropub, which feels like an American speakeasy and an English pub had a baby. The fish and chips are as crispy and delightful as in...
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Diplomatic Area, Manama, Bahrain
For fashionistas looking to turn heads with every outfit, a trip to Bahraini designer Khaleda Rajab’s boutique in the Diplomatic Area is an absolute must. Classics such as cocktail dresses, evening gowns, and jalabiyas have been given a Bahraini...