Bahrain: A Fine Combination of Arabic Traditions and Modernity
By Carlton Leisure -
The island kingdom of Bahrain provides a bevy of experiences to the travellers. This small country may be looking like a hip destination with its several skyscrapers but deep in to the city and you will find several remains of its ancient past. This relatively liberal country in the gulf charms travellers with its night shopping options, restaurants, bars and countless nightclubs. These modern attractions may be establishing Bahrain as a liberal destinations but what charms the tourists most are things related to its ancient past. If you are also someone who is taking flights to Bahrain to explore its various attractions then a prior knowledge of its top draw cards could be of great help.
Bahrain City Centre
Located in the heart of Manama, Bahrain City Centre charms travellers with its elegant combination of shopping, dining and entertainment hubs. The place is a shoppers Mecca with the presence of world’s most renowned brands here. Once through with shopping you can have a snack or a sumptuous meal at one of the most sumptuous meal. If children are travelling with you take them along as they will find this place most enjoying as various fun activities for children are available here.
Qal’at Al Bahrain – UNESCO World Heritage Site
Qal’at Al Bahrain has a history that dates back to around 2,300 BC. The place has now been declared as UNESCO World heritage site. Excavation work was on 30 acres mound where remains of private households, military encampments and religious sites have been found. Situated atop the mound is a fort which adds to its popularity. Some parts of the fort was also built by the Portuguese who made Bahrain part of their empire. Now, the place is a popular destination with their magnificent buildings and grooves of palm trees. The site can be easily accessed from Manama.
Bahrain National Museum
Bahrain National Museum which was opened for public in 1988 enjoys a spectacular waterfront location. The museum has a large collection that includes treasures are from Dilmun. There are also exhibits from on pearl diving and how it changed him fortune of the area. In addition, there are several exhibits on art and sculpture that can be explored.
Beit Sheikh Isa bin Ali
Beit Sheikh Isa bin Ali is a fine place to get a glimpse in the life of 19th century palaces. The former residence of Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al-Khalifa is situated at a short distance from Manama. The palace has separate areas for men, women and children. Making facilities more lavish the palace has separate summer living room for the Children. Private courtyards have been made so that women of the royal court can sit together and hone their embroidery skills.
Al Areen Wildlife Park & Reserve
Al Areen Wildlife Park & Reserve with its varied flora and fauna as it is home to more than 500 animals and more than 100,000 plant species. There are two sections in this family friendly park. The travellers can enjoy a bus tour in the public access section of the park where they can spot animals like the Chapman’s zebra and gazelles. The park offers a peek in to the rarest animals of the Arabia.