Manama (Arabic: المنامة, transliteration: al-Manāma) is the capital and largest city of Bahrain with an approximate population of 157,000 people, roughly a quarter of the country's population.

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Bin Matar House: Place of Memory

The Bin Matar House is the latest in a series of projects by the Shaikh Ebrahim Center focusing on the restoration of traditional Bahraini houses associated with historic Bahraini families and leading cultural personalities. The house was designed by the well-known Bahraini architect Mussa Bin Hamad and built in 1905. It was used by Salman bin Hussein Matar as the venue for his permanent "majlis" (a room similar to a salon, used to entertain family and guests). By the 1940s, it was used a clinic by the famous physician Dr. Bandar Kab, and from the 50s to the 80s was used as the centre for the Eslah Club. Until recently, the building lay empty and in uninhibited, ready to be demolished to make way for a new construction. Today, the ceilings of the house are made of a combination of palm leaf and wood beam and the walls and floors have been authentically retouched.

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Bahrain City Centre

Bahrain City Centre is the first and biggest mixed-use development in Bahrain offering the best shopping, leisure and entertainment experience to its customers under one roof. Bahrain City Centre has introduced a world-class retail ambience and hundreds of other 'firsts' to the Kingdom including 150 of its over 350 internationally reputed brands making their debut in the country. The Centre’s stunning entertainment offer includes the region’s first indoor/outdoor temperature controlled 15,000 square metre Wahooo! Waterpark, Bahrain’s biggest cinema complex Cineco 20, and a family entertainment centre for children and young adults, Magic Planet. For food and beverage options, over 50 food court outlets have been lined up to offer the most popular as well as exotic choices from all over the world.

Best Western Elite Hotel

Best Western Elite Hotel Bahrain is conveniently located just 5 min from downtown shopping complexes and 10 km from Bahrain International Airport. It is also close to the Gulf International Convention and Exhibition Centre and the US Naval Base. 96 guestrooms are spacious and well furnished with a coffee maker and internet access.5 outlets for dining and entertainment. Conference and banqueting facilities for up to 140 persons. Health and leisure facilities include a rooftop swimming pool and a fully equipped health and fitness centre. Babysitting services, bars, gym, restaurants, swimming pool. 24 hr room service, mini bar, internet, satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities.

SLEEP   —  +973 17 827 600 —  Juffair

The Dragon Hotel & Resort

A secluded getaway along the Amwaj Islands waterfront. Views of the sea and infinity pools. Modern rooms and stylish amenities. Suites, chalets and villas. Each suite has its own private terrace that overlooks the pool and sea. Deluxe chalets have two levels and 3-4 bedrooms. 3 level villas have 4 bedrooms and private terrace, garden, Jacuzzi and swimming pool and include elevators, 2 kitchenettes, multiple living areas and extensive storage space. Children's pools and play areas provided. Water sport activities offered by the hotel such as jet skiing. Onsite 2 dining establishments and 2 waterfront lounges that attract stylish visitors from across Bahrain.

SLEEP   —  +973 1603 3833 —  Amwaj Islands

Museum of Pearl Diving

Is considered as the most important historic buildings in Bahrain. It derives importance as being the first official center for Bahrain Courts. The building was inaugurated by Late H.H. Sh. Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, the past Governor of Bahrain, during Calendar year 18th October, 1937. At that time the building comprised of four Supreme Courts, apart from three Directorates. Later on, during 1984 the building was transformed into a Traditional Heritage Center. Currently, the Museum of Pearl Diving is under the control of Directorate of Archaeology and Heritage, one of the major Directorates of Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and Information.

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Al Bander Hotel & Resort

Al Bander Hotel & Resort is a popular destination for families. It offers 44 chalets and 36 cabanas, each with a comfortable homely feel. Restaurants and cafes, serving continental, Oriental, Chinese, Thai and Persian cuisine. The hotel’s busy marina is ideal for the boat-owner, and is well equipped with a fuelling station and mooring facilities. The resort has lots of watersports facilities, as well as 10 swimming pools located at different places around the resort. Babysitting services, bars, beach, business centre, restaurants, swimming pools. Satellite TV.

SLEEP   —  +973 17 701 201 —  riffa resort

Pars International Hotel

Located in Juffair's commercial and residential area and overlooking Manama Bay. Standard and deluxe rooms to regal suites. Lobby bar, a disco, Arabic night club. Restaurant and 24 hr coffee shop. Conference and banqueting facilities including a ballroom suitable for functions and accommodating up to 300 people. Swimming pool, sauna, steam room and fitness centre. Parking is available for all guests. Swimming pool, spa, fitness centre, business centre. 24 hr room service, internet, satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities.

SLEEP   —  +973 17 814 777 —  Juffair

The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa

246 rooms in three styles: Classic, Maritime and Italian. 3 exclusive "Royal Club" executive floors and a variety of suites. Claims to have Bahrain's biggest rooms, fully renovated and all with sea view. Meeting facilities, a selection of restaurants and entertainment options. Babysitting services, bars, business centre, gym, kids’ club,, sports facilities, swimming pool. 24 hr room service, internet, mini bar, satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities.

SLEEP   —  +973 17 531666 —  Map

Al Safir Hotel

Standard rooms with a choice of twin or double beds. It offers comprehensive business and banqueting facilities, including the latest audio-visual equipment, telephone and UPS points in every room and an inbuilt PA system. The hotel also has two restaurants, a swimming pool and a fitness centre. Babysitting service, bars, business centre, restaurants, swimming pool. 24 hr room service, mini bar, satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities.

SLEEP   —  +973 17 827 999 —  Juffair

The Regency InterContinental

321 rooms and a variety of suites, including the Summit, deluxe suites, royal and presidential suites. 5 restaurants offer a range of international and themed cuisine, plus a number of bars with live entertainment. Babysitting services, bars, business centre, gym, kids’ club pool, restaurants, spa, sports facilities, swimming pool, 24 hr room service, internet, mini bar, satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities (on request).

The Moevenpick Hotel

Swiss flair and traditional Arabian hospitality. Overlooks a lagoon and features a fine dining restaurant, international bar, atrium lobby restaurant, pool bar, parking area and two outdoor tennis courts. 7 min driving distance from the city. Babysitting service, business centre, gym, spa, swimming pool, tennis courts. 24 hr room service, internet, mini bar, satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities (on request).

Novotel Al Dana Resort

Traditional Arabic architecture and design with contemporary fittings and comfort. 172 rooms. Close to the diplomatic area and business centre. The hotel offers a variety of restaurants, bars and meeting rooms. Babysitting service, private beach, watersports, swimming pool, fitness centre, kids’ club, kids’ pool. 24 hr room service, internet, mini bar, satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities.

SLEEP   —  +973 17 298 008 —  Map

Bahrain Fort

Bahrain Fort, on the island’s North coast, was built in the 14th century but excavations have revealed it was built on the site of Dilmun settlements, dating back to 3,000 BC. Recently renovated, and with new lighting at night, the Fort is an outstanding example of Bahrain’s varied and ancient history. Bahrain Fort, known in Arabic as Qalat Al Bahrain, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.

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New, stylish, near shopping areas and close to town. 90 rooms. Business centre, VIP room facilities, wifi, car rental, sauna, hammam and outdoor swimming pool. Restaurant with French-Mediterranean cuisine at “L'avenue”, managed by the famous Chef Philippe Marc. (Hotel closed without notice at end of June 2012, the management did not even bother to inform 'guests' who had reservations.)

Al-Fateh Mosque

One of the largest mosques in the world, capable of accommodating over 7,000 worshippers at a time and is the largest place of worship in Bahrain. It is also one of the top tourist attractions in Bahrain. The dome is currently the worlds largest fibreglass dome and is over 60,000 kg in weight. Al-Fateh includes the new National Library which opened to the public in 2006.

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Moda Mall

Moda Mall, the ultra-exclusive shopping complex located on the ground floor of the landmark Bahrain World Trade Center (BWTC), with tenants comprising a veritable who’s-who of the fashion world. The mall is home to some 160 exclusive brand name boutiques a number of which were previously unattainable in the Kingdom of Bahrain, including lots of famous international ones.

Elite Suites Hotel

Luxurious hotel with 215 spacious guest rooms and suites. 5 minutes from the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre and at close proximity to various shopping malls. Ooutdoor swimming pool and a gym. Babysitting services, business centre, meeting rooms, gym, kids’ club, restaurants, swimming pool, 24 hr room service, satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities.

SLEEP   —  +973 17 558 888 —  Seef District

Barbar Temple

This is an archaeological site located in the village of Barbar. Three temples have been discovered there, the oldest dating back to 3000BC. The temples were thought to have been constructed to worship gods, as it contains two altars and a natural water spring. During its excavation tools, weapons, pottery, and many small pieces of gold were discovered.

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Sheraton Bahrain Hotel & Towers

In the heart of the business and diplomatic area. 260 comfortable guest rooms and suites, most of which have been recently renovated with a stylish and contemporary décor. All rooms have the Sheraton Sweet SleeperSM Bed. Soie Chinese Restaurant and Al Safir Restaurant with international buffets and á la carte selections. Bar with live entertainment.

Mercure Grand Hotel

Recipient of 2007 MENA Travel Awards (Silver Best Four Star Business/ Corporate Hotel Category). In the Seef business district. 72 suites and 48 family suites. Nearby to Seef and Al Aali malls. Restaurant, 2 bars, meeting rooms, health club, sauna, steam room, massage facility with gymnasium and a swimming pool. Private parking is available.

SLEEP   —  +973 17 584 400 —  Map

Golden Tulip Bahrain (Formerly Hilton Bahrain)

Standard hotel that maybe in need of a renovation. Rooms are clean and the staff are amiable however the dull façade and decor may be depressing to people who are lodging here for more than a couple of days. One of the few redeeming qualities is that it has the only authentic Japanese restaurant in Bahrain. The hotel is renovated in 2008.

Tree of Life

Famous lonesome tree in the middle of a dry desert. Scientists haven't figured out how it survives, since no underground aquifer or spring exists under that area. In fact, all underground water sources are around the tree are contaminated with salt, suggesting the tree may in fact possess a mutation rendering it salt-tolerant.

Al Burge Hotel

If cost is more important than comfort for you, then the 10BD double room with bathroom should make you happy. Do not expect fancy stuff such as quietness or toilet paper, but it is fairly clean and fairly well located, in the street behind Gold City. Do try the bed before taking the room. Single females are not permitted.

Gulf Gate Hotel

125 rooms and suites. Located in central Manama, the commercial centre of Bahrain. Cafés, a restaurant, night clubs and bar. 2 minutes walk from the main souk and shopping centres. Business centre, gym, restaurants, spa, swimming pool. 24 hr room service, internet, mini bar, satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities.

SLEEP   —  +973 17 210 210 —  Manama

Seef Mall

The first authentic mall in Bahrain, Seef Mall continues to dominate the retail sector and is the heart and soul of Seef district with its distinctive architecture and atmosphere for the whole family to enjoy. Magic Island, the largest indoor amusement park in the Middle East is ideally located on the first floor.

The Gulf Hotel

The biggest 5 star hotel on the Island with more than 35 years of experience. Combines luxury, tradition, comfort and service. 366 rooms in total. The 240 bedroom Tower Block was refurbished with a modern, new external facia and enlarged rooms in late 2007. 12 restaurants, lounges and bars.

SLEEP   —  +973 17 713 000 —  Aliya.

Crowne Plaza Bahrain

Gracefully aging sprawling low-rise complex. The Astroturf-surrounded pool is rather depressing, and the hotel's main draw seems to be the popular ''Harvesters'' pub (see Drink). Largish gym (men and women have separate facilities), decent breakfast, service can be mixed.

The Bahrain Mall

The Bahrain Mall is situated in the heart of Bahrain's new retail district. This ideal location is easily accessible from the main highway and all parts of the city. It covers an area of 750,000 square feet and has more than 120 international brands and specialty stores.

BUY   —  +973 1755 8100 —  Map

Burjuman Coffee Shop

The main selling point of this Filipino-run joint is its location right next to the SABTCO bus terminal, but the menu covers sandwiches, burgers, rice and noodles and portions are generous. Try the excellent fried ''hammour'' (local fish) with the fixings for BD2.

EAT   —  Lulu Centre 2F

Dolphin Watching

Take a boat trip and you can watch the dolphins and manatees playing in the warm Gulf waters, and see local fisherman head out in traditional wooden dhows to catch the prized local hammour - a type of grouper. Dolphin watch trips take place three times daily.

DO   —  +973 1770 0677 —  Map

Horse racing

Arabia is of course famous for its horses. The national racecourse at Al Sakhir hosts races every Friday from October to March. The grandstand holds up to 3,000 spectators and entry is free, although visitors should be reminded that betting is prohibited.

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Al A'Ali Mall

A'ali Mall has the look and feel of a traditional open air souk within its air-conditioned confines. A glass roof, stores with old-fashioned Arabic wooden doors and carts selling souvenirs all add to the atmosphere. Outlets include Top Designer stores.

Bahay Kubo

Traditional style Filipino restaurant offering the finest quality food available for dine in, take out and delivery. Bahay Kubo also offers a private function room with karaoke for birthdays, receptions or for just hanging out with your friends.

Corniche al-Fateh

On the east coast of the city, this pleasant seaside promenade offers good views of the skyscrapers to the south and planes taking off from the airport nearby. Plenty of fun fair rides for the kids and shisha bars for the older set.

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Café Lilou's

Paris style interiors, popular with ex-pats and locals. Excellent French-café fare, including large salads and delicious cakes. Caters for groups, take out, cateringservices, outdoor seating. Breakfast,lunch, dinner, coffee, drinks

Bahrain Fort Museum

The first building comprises an exhibition hall and a child learning and training room whereas the second is made up of a conference hall, a cafe overlooking the sea, offices, a technicians suite and a dormitory for archeologists.

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Bird Watching

The Kingdom and the Hawar Islands in particular, are a haven for native and migratory birds including flamingos, bulbuls, ospreys and sooty falcons. Any twitchers are strongly advised to take the 20 km boat trip to the Islands.

Awal Hotel

Located in the main commercial & business district of the Kingdom of Bahrain, only 10 mins drive from the International Airport and a short walking distance from the Bahrain seashore and the upcoming Financial harbor.

Bab Al Bahrain

The Gateway of Bahrain, located in the Customs Square in Central Manama. The ground floor houses the Tourist information office and a handicraft shop. Sightseeing bus tours depart from here daily at 9:30AM and 3:30PM.

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Senor Pacos

Um Al Hassam, Manama, Bahrain. An atmospheric Mexican restaurant with great ambience and lovely decor on the Road opposite KFC in Um al Hassam. They even have their own guitarist and vocalist singing on most evenings.

EAT   —  +973 17 725 873 —  Map

Ritz-Carlton Bahrain

7 stories of luxurious rooms with a modern design. The Club Lounge restaurant features five different food presentations a day, and includes an American breakfast. Stunning views of the Arabian Gulf from the rooms.

SLEEP   —  +973 1758 0000 —  Map

Somerset Al Fateh Bahrain

Its 118 apartments, which range from one to three bedroom and four two-bedroom penthouse suites, are furnished with contemporary décor and modern fittings. Wi-Fi is available in the apartment and lobby.

Manama Souq

The souq is network of small lanes that houses small stores selling everything from souvenirs and gifts to electronic products. The souq is also home to many gold and jewelry shops and tailors.

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Gulf Pearl Hotel

A/C rooms and suites equipped with Internet connection, a private toilet and shower, mini-bar, and a cable television. Swimming pool, restaurant/café/bar, fitness room, and a business centre.

Mashtan Hotel

A/C rooms with private toilet and bath with shower, high-speed Internet connection, cable TV and mini-bar. Swimming pool, fitness room, business center, and airport transfer.


Very popular pseudo-British pub offering cold beer, pub grub and a Filipino band distinguished more by the singers' skimpy outfits than musical talent. Beers from BD2.5.

DRINK   —  King Faisal Highway


Expat sports pub. Technically this is a private club, but the bouncers at the door seem more interested in keeping Arabs out than in checking membership cards.

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Phoenicia Tower Hotel

Individually controlled A/C, private toilet and shower with bathtub, cable TV, and internet access. Swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna, fitness room/gym.

Yateem Centre

Yateem Centre - Bahrain's First... In 1981, it introduced for the first time in Bahrain the concept of a fully climate controlled shopping centre.

Banyan Tree Al Areen

Attention to detail and opulent surroundings. The staff are welcoming and attentive, without being overwhelming, and the food is good.

SLEEP   —  Al Areen

Bahrain International Hotel

Three star hotel that is of average quality, but in a convenient location for travelers. Free airport transfer, breakfast and wifi.

Horse riding

For anyone wanting riding lessons or an occasional hack, the Twin Palms Riding School and the Dilmun Club are good places to start.

Pearl Diving

Bahrain is also famous for its pearls. Try your hand at pearl diving and maybe take home one of these natural gems of the sea.

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Ramada Bahrain

Airport transfers free of charge if you email in advance. Has pool on site but the cleanliness of the pool is questionable.

Habara Snacks & Fish

Osama bin Zaid Ave, Adliya. Great diner style cafe that cheerfully serves cheap fish and chips and other assorted snacks.

EAT   —  +973 17 715 461 —  Map

Gold Club

Arabic night club featuring Russian girls doing their interpretation of traditional belly dancing.

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Dana Mall

Find an abundance of stores for your wardrobe, pampered lifestyle and unique trends.


Australian-themed sports pub in the CBD. Popular with single male expats.

DRINK   —  Delmont Hotel


American-themed bar and dance club. Popular with expats and US sailors.

Queensbury Arms

Another hot spot, great prices on drinks.

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Bahrain National Museum

Natural and cultural history of Bahrain.


The largest Irish pub in the city.

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Sherlock Holmes

Mock-British pub.

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Hard Rock Cafe

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Sitra Mall

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Riffa Mall

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Marina Mall

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About Manama

Manama has emerged as the capital of independent Bahrain after periods of domination by Portugal and Persians earlier in its history. Today, it is a modern capital with an economy based around the sales promotion industry as crude oil takes a less pronounced role in the economy.

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