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The Kingdom of Bahrain: The Friendliest Country in the Gulf

About Bahrain

If you’re new to Bahrain, you’ll be delighted by its easy charm and thoroughly modern outlook that makes it one of the most friendly and progressive countries in the Middle East.

Bahrain offers a uniquely open, relaxed environment in which to live and work, with a diverse culture of people from all over the world who have made it their home. Beyond the shores of Amwaj Islands, the Kingdom of Bahrain offers many stimulating activities and events to keep you entertained.

Star attractions:

  • Bahrain theatre and museum (1) – two stunning buildings in one place provide a focal point for Bahrain history and regular cultural activities.
  • Bahrain fort and museum (2) – A UNESCO World Heritage Site not to be missed, the Bahrain fort and museum provide a glimpse into Bahrain’s past.
  • Seef area (3) – the commercial heart of Bahrain and home to four different shopping malls: Seef Mall, City Centre, Bahrain Mall and Dana Mall, housing many shops, cinemas and entertainment options.
  • The Royal Golf Club (4) – Bahrain’s oldest and best 72 par, 18 hole grass golf club, with night golf, academy, membership and many outlets.
  • Bahrain International Circuit (5) – home to Formula One in Bahrain, the BIC hosts this world famous sport every year and puts on many other events during the other months.
  • Al Areen wildlife park (6) – an oasis in the desert and sanctuary for hundreds of birds and animals.
  • Old houses of Muharraq (7) – the former capital of Bahrain, Muharraq features beautifully restored historical homes and examples of Islamic architecture.
  • The Lost Paradise of Dilmum Waterpark (8) – Bahrain’s biggest waterpark is fun for all the family.
With all this and more, there is so much to see and do in Bahrain for everyone of all ages. Find out more and keep up to date with all the activities on the island by visiting these sites:
Further Information

For thousands of years, Bahrain has been defined by its relationship with water in one way or another. Formerly known as Dilmun, the country was an important trading centre that linked Sumeria with the Indus Valley as early as 5,000 BC. 

In ancient times, Bahrain was the only haven where fresh water could be found on the long journey between Mesopotamia and India. The presence of fresh water through natural springs beneath the sea is thought to account for the name Bahrain itself – an Arabic word meaning “two seas,” which refers to the ancient belief that there was another sea beneath the sea bed.