Bahrain, an archipelago of 33 islands is the only island nation in the Middle East located next to Saudi Arabia. A small country that is known for its pearls, heritage, and culture. The name Bahrain means ‘two seas’, and today those two seas are said to comprise both the saltwater oceans and the freshwater springs that exist beneath them. I recently spent a long weekend on this island that was all worth the experience.
Whether you’re looking to buy pearls or just need a beach holiday, this is a hidden island you will be surprised pleasantly with. The city boasts a gorgeous sea line, royal heritage sites and an ethnic history. I spent two days exploring the city and here are your must visit places on a weekend trip to Manama, Bahrain.
The Manama Souk
Manama Souk is lined up with alleys that showcase the Arabic heritage, displaying an amalgamation of the best the Arab land has to offer. The various souvenirs range from pearls, gold and shisha to spices, herbs and Arabic fashion.
The Al Dar Island
An island of many quiet lagoons offering almost all possible water activities including jet skiing and kayaking. This is a perfect destination to relax and detox. You can experience some of the Arabic delicacies and stay close to nature for a day or two. A Dubaite like me loved this part of our stay, away from the city chaos!
The Lagoon Park
A perfect place in the city to have dinner on a Friday night.
A gorgeous waterfront setup in the island exhibits some of the world-renowned restaurants and food joints. We spent a couple of hours dining, exploring and later smoking shisha and, of course, don’t forget to try the small food vendors selling ice cream and candy.
To make your stay even more exhilarating, find out how pearl searching happened even before the age of technology, and be sure to check out the pearl diving excursions.
(Unfortunately, I did not get chance to do it but if you are spending more days definitely go ahead to Scuba Master (17 292 154) for PADI-accredited scuba courses and organized pearl diving excursions.
Overall, I was very thrilled to explore a neighboring country that had so much in common to the other Emirates yet emitting its own flavors.