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The Kingdom of Bahrain has a vast number of sights to visit as well as locations to explore. The Kingdom is rich with its own heritage and history making its archaeological sites and museums worth the visit. 

History and Archaeology

The Kingdom is wealthy in culture and was home to a number of civilizations earning its museums and archaeological sites worth the visit. Every antique, fort and burial site, which are well-preserved, have a unique story to tell. The first museum, the ‘Bahrain National Museum’ was inaugurated in 1988 - exhibiting historical artifacts, manuscripts and more history of Bahrain; visitors may also take a Virtual Tour around the museum as well.

Other museums can also be found on some historical sites such as the Bahrain Fort and Museum which holds the ancient historic features and artifacts discovered on the site itself, telling the story of past events from the fort. Another is Sheikh Salman Bin Ahmed Al Fateh Museum (Arad Fort’s museum - take a Virtual Tour) which showcases the history and tradition of the ruling AlKhalifa family.

Moreover, in 2019, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has inscribed Bahrain’s Dilmun Burial Mounds on the World Heritage List. The decision was made during the 43rd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, held in the capital of Azerbaijan.

 Dilmun Burial Mounds is the third to be designated as world heritage site in Bahrain after Ancient Qal’at al-Bahrain Harbor City and Capital of Dilmun (2005) and the Offshore Pearling Sites in Muharraq (2012).

On the occasion, President of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA), Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, said that the Dilmun Burial Mounds are a living proof of Bahrain’s distinguished cultural heritage, noting that Bahrain presents a successful model in investing in its cultural features to boost sustainable cultural tourism, achieve development and preserve authentic cultural identity.

Other archaeological and historical sites in the Kingdom can be found on the following link.

Bahrain National Museum Sheikh Salman Bin Ahmed Al Fateh Museum



Prior to verbal communication, humankind relied on symbols and body language in which the hand was a fundamental source of communication and interaction. The hand has been a tool for creating objects using surrounding natural elements, where human began making primitive items to assist in daily life routine and then evolved to innovate handicrafts.

The traditional crafts and industries are regarded as a product of the live interaction processes between the local communities. Hence, these traditional crafts and industries are not only a manifestation of civilization but tools for the expression of the society’s culture and authenticity, not to mention the significant role of promoting tourism, highlighting humanitarian legacy in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Despite Bahrain’s limited area, each village or town in the island has become known for a particular craft such as the textile industry in Bani Jamrah’s village, basket weaving in Karbabad’s village, pottery in Aali village, and AlSaffah (Wickerwork) in AlJassrah’s village, while Manama and Muharraq cities are famous for vessel industry and related tools.

For more information, please visit the following link.


Entertainment & Leisure

If you are looking for a time out or like to do something different for a change, Bahrain has various fun activities catered for different age groups, families, or friends to enjoy. You can visit the following link to view the wide range of entertainment options available in Bahrain.

Moreover, there are several festivals, shows and performances available for each season which includes arts, business, culture, entertainment, families, sports and more. You can visit Bahrain Calendar for more information.


The Kingdom has a number of local markets (Souqs) in which a variety of items are sold. The biggest and most popular is Bab AlBahrain (Manama Souq). Other Souqs that are worth a visit include the Muharraq Souq, the Isa Town Local Market (second-hand goods, low-cost household items and the bird’s market), Souq Waqif in Hamad Town (fresh fruits and vegetables), and of course Manama Central Market and the Fish Market which provide fascinating insights into local trading and products.

On the other hand, modern shopping malls are on the rise as there are countless malls located across the country. Most malls include international clothing lines, electronics, play areas together with international and local restaurants, while some of them also include a Cineplex.

For more details on shopping destinations in Bahrain, visit the following page.

Bab AlBahrain (Manama Souq) Bahrain City Centre

Page Last Updated: 05 May, 2020