Tourism in Bahrain
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Bahrain receives four million tourists a year. Most visitors are from Arab states of the Persian Gulf but there are an increasing number of tourists from outside the region.
The ancient civilisation of Dilmun, which dominated trade between Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley Civilization, was centred in Bahrain. The inhabitants of Dilmun left behind settlements and temples and tens of thousands of burial mounds which dot the landscape.
Tourists are attracted to Bahrain for the weather, unique ambience, diving and water sports, local culture and the relaxed friendly atmosphere. Bahrain also enjoys a liberal social climate, good shopping and minimal travel restrictions.
The island is home to many castles including Bahrain Fort, also known as the Portuguese Fort. It is located near Karranah, a small village on the northern coast of Bahrain Island. The fort has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 2005. Archaeologists have also discovered six distinct foundations, which have been dated to 2300 BC.
Arad Fort is located on Muharraq Island in the town of Arad. It is initially built by Arabs towards the end of the 16th century. The fort was captured by the Portuguese around 1559 and changed hands again in 1635 after being captured by Omanis.
- Al Dar Islands
- Hawar Islands: a group of islands off the west coast of Qatar in the Gulf of Bahrain
- Durrat Al Bahrain: a land-reclamation development similar to Dubai's Palm Islands.
It is a luxury residencial project which is located in southernmost part of the country
- Bahrain BayBahrain Bay is a waterfront real estate development situated on the north-east coastline of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
- Diyar Al Muharraq
- Bahrain City Centre, in Manama.
- Seef Mall, Seef
- Seel Mall, Muharraq
- Dana Mall
- Bahrain Mall
- Al Aali Mall
- Ramli Mall
- Ansar Gallery
- Al Enma Mall
- The Avenues
Beit Al Qur'an, one of the island's most distinctive pieces of architecture, is home to a rare collection of Islamic manuscripts, prints and books. It is located in Hoora, part of the capital, Manama.
The Oil Museum is located near Jabal Ad Dukhan. It was built in 1992 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the first discovery of oil in the Persian Gulf, it exhibits old photographs, drilling equipment and a working model of an oil rig.
Currency Museum housed in the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB), located in the Diplomatic Area of Manama.
In addition to its coin and Bahraini banknotes in the museum a new permanent stand of the first banknotes and coins issued by the central banks of all the Gulf Cooperation Council countries has been added.
The government of Bahrain has encouraged tourism development and contributes to large-scale tourism projects. Resorts planned in Bahrain include the Al Areen Resort, Dannat Hawar, Durrat Al Bahrain, Amwaj Islands, Lulu Island, Riffa Views,Diyar Al Muharraq, Marassi Al Bahrain and Bahrain Bay. Al Marsa, which means 'jetty' or 'harbour' in Arabic is a floating island that is being built with an investment of US$70 million.
Marassi Al Bahrain is a new urban project developed as a joint venture between Diyar Al Muharraq, one of the leading urban developers in the Kingdom of Bahrain; and Eagle Hills, the private real estate investment and Development Company based in the UAE. The project will offer a waterfront promenade lined with cafes and restaurants, shopping and 5 star resort hotels.
Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park
Bahrain's US$50 million Lost Paradise of Dilmun (LPOD) opened in September 2007, set in 77,000 square meters of desert oasis- The largest stand alone waterpark in the Middle East. It features 18 slides, pools, fountains and attractions. Its theme is derived from Bahrain's heritage (the Dilmun empire). The Lost Paradise of Dilmun and the adjacent 5-star Al Areen Palace are the first components in the US1.3 billion Al Areen Development.
- Visa policy of Bahrain
- Bahrain Grand Prix
- Bahrain International Airshow
- Tree Of Life
- List of tourist attractions in Bahrain
- History of Bahrain
- Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa
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