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Continent: Asia

Ideal Duration: 5 - 6 days

Best Time: February to April and October to December Read More

Currency: Bahraini Dinar (BHD)

Budget: Expensive

"Concoction of liberalism , diversity and prosperity."

Bahrain Tourism

Bahrain is a small Island nation tucked away in the Persian gulf sharing its borders between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. It is known for its petroleum reserves,offshore banking and tourism. Despite being a Muslim nation,it doesn't impose strict Islamic laws like its neighbours thus , paving way for a relaxed atmosphere which draws a large number of tourists. Bahrain's biggest yearly event - Bahrain Grand PrixÊF1 race is held in the month of April each year.

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Tourist Places to Visit In Bahrain

Best time to visit Bahrain

February to April and October to December is the best time to visit Bahrain

The sky is clear and the climate is slightly sunny.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Liberal culture. Friendly locals. Man made island. Cheap cinema tickets. Lots of dining options.

What's Not So Great?

Extremely hot climate and sandstorms in summer . Traffic . Exorbitant taxi fares.

For Whom?

History , art and architecture lovers. Water sports enthusiasts. Keen shoppers.

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Currency of Bahrain

The currency of Bahrain is Dinar and it is the third most valued currency in the world.Notes are available in the denomination of 1/2 , 1, 5 ,10 and 20. Coins - 5, 10, 25, 50, 100 and 500 fils. You can find ATM' S everywhere and dispensing cash will not be an issue.

Exchanging Money in Bahrain

Exchange centres are found in city malls , markets and airports. Bahrain Financing company provides good exchange rates. Before you leave the country , convert all dinars into your local currency because it might be difficult to exchange as it is not a commonly used currency.

Nightlife in Bahrain

Unlike other Arab nations which restrict the use of alcohol , Bahrain adopts relaxed drinking rules which in turn has led to the establishment of many night clubs. Live music concerts are also a common scene.Since Bahrain is the major city, the party scenes thrive only here. JJs Irish Restaurant is one of the top establishments in Bahrain. Another popular pub is The Warbler in the Baisan International Hotel.

Shopping in Bahrain

The first thing that comes to everyone's mind is the duty free shop as liquor , cigarettes , perfumes and chocolates are exempted from taxes and duties . Souk(market) is the place where various stalls are put up and various goods like spices , leather , food , souvenirs are sold there . Haggling would help to save a lot of money as the prices quoted initially are usually exorbitant. Manama is one of the premium places to buy high quality Gold and Pearls. A'ali pottery village is famous for its authentic pottery .

Festivals of Bahrain

Bahrain is an Islamic nation which celebrates many Islamic festivals and national events. Families and friends get together to celebrate these festivals. Ramzan is considered as a holy month and Muslims observe fasting . Other festivals include Eid ul Adha , Miladi Nabi and Ashura. December 16 is celebrated as Bahrain' s National Day which involves parades and processions.

History of Bahrain

Bahrain is a constitutional monarchy. It has been one of the most vital commerical hubs because of its connectivity to other countries. It was one of the first Arab nations to discover oil and ever since, oil reserves have been a major contributor to the growth of economy. Ongoing Constitutional, democratic and cultural reforms have given Bahrain a distinct reputation.

Hygiene in Bahrain

Getting drunk in public could land you in jail. Always carry umbrella and bottled water . Keep yourself hydrated as it can be unbearably hot during the summer season.

Customs of Bahrain

Avoid Public Display of Affection . Never get into an argument with locals . Adopt conservative clothing in public and religious places . Adhere local laws and customs. Refrain from discussing sensitive issues , else it could land you in deep trouble.

Tips for visiting Bahrain

Always travel with your ID. Do not get involved in civilian protests. Carry low-value currency notes which will be very helpful for tips and taxi. Be careful with your belongings. Enjoy a camel ride and visit the royal camel farm.

Culture of Bahrain

Muslims make up the majority of the population and expatriate christians account for a majority of christianity population. There has been an increase in the number of Indian, Filipino and Sri lankan immigrants in the recent years. The official language of Bahrain is Arabic and English is also widely spoken. Most of the road signs are bilingual which is helpful for tourists. Unlike its other Islamic counterparts, Bahrain is considered to be tolerant towards other faiths and does not thrust strict attire rules making it a western friendly nation.

Food of Bahrain

Since it is an Island blanketed with deserts, the diet is restricted mostly to dates ,camel milk and other meat products. Camel is used for meat during special occasions. Sea food is also widely consumed. Filipino , Indian , American and Persian foods are also popular because of the people who originate from there and work here. Bread , hummus and tabbouleh (salad) are the staple foods. Specialities : Falafel (fried chickpeas balls) , Machboos (rice with meat/fish) , Muhammar (rice with dates) and Shawarma (chicken/lamb )

Regions in Bahrain

Bahrain is a very small country in terms of area and the major areas include Manama ( the capital city ) , Muharraq ( known for the souk ) , Isa town (traditional market place) Hamad town , Amwaj Islands , Riffah and Hawar Islands which is a popular destination for bird watchers. Bahrain is famous for its forts , museums , man made islands and pearl diving .


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Lakshmi Murali 1 year ago
The Island of Pearls: A smart choice for a quick stop vacation. Rich in Arabic culture, Bahrain has a variety of cultural hubs varying from the Al Fateh Grand Mosque, Bahrain National Museum, Qal'at al-Bahrain for the culture junkies. My favorite attraction during my trip to Bahrain was Wahoo- An Indoor Water Theme Park, the first of its kind in the Middle East. Also, the country's shopping destinations ranging from- The Bahrain City Centre, The Avenues, provides the comfort of luxury shopping while The Manama Souq & Malatya Pazari provides an exotic shopping experience. Tips: Try to avail the services of Bahrain Bus to make your trip pocket friendly

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