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.[citation needed]


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.[citation needed]

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.

Sheikh Salman bin Ahmed Al Fateh Fort or Riffa Fort is located in Riffa. This 19th-century fort was built for its strategic location, on an escarpment overlooking the Hunanaiya valley.


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



The Bahrain National Museum has a collection of artifacts from the Kingdom's history dating back to the island's first human inhabitation 5000 years ago.

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[edit]

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.

Tourism developments[edit]

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.

At the 2009 Grand Prix, BIC announced a collaboration with Bahrain to develop the piece of land next to the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit.[1]

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.

The Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park is located next to Al Areen Wildlife Park within the Southern Governorate.[2]

Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park[edit]

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.

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