Sightseeing in Bahrain
Discover Manama and its surroundings while staying at the Sheraton Hotel in Bahrain
Bahrain, which means “two seas”, has a history of civilization that dates back more than 5000 years. It is believed to be the ancient site of the immortal land of Dilmun and a religious center of Ancient Sumerians, Babylonians and Assyrians at different times.
Bahrain is an archipelago of 33 low lying islands located in the Arabian Gulf off the Eastern shore of Saudi Arabia and is connected to Saudi Arabia by the King Fahad Causeway. Bahrain is home to the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) which hosting the Formula 1TM race.
Tree of Life
Deep into the desert with almost no habitation around, the Tree of Life stands: a broad, shady, mature mesquite tree in solitary splendor. A mystery even now, this tree’s source of water is unknown.
Bahrain Fort has also been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The fort is located on a 17.5 hectare artificial hill that has been built over more than 4000 years of continuous occupation. Open to the public since 2008, the site museum display area consists of 5 exhibition halls organized around a massive Tell Wall.
With 500 artifacts showcased, the long settlement history of the site is evoked to the unique backdrop of the wall, which recreates the different archaeological layers uncovered at the site. The seaside café of the museum offers a stunning view over the fort and the surrounding palm groves. These findings are brought to life by an audio guide available at the site museum.
Manama Souq is a place not to be missed when visiting Bahrain. It offers the most traditional shopping experience with atmospheric alleyways, the Kingdom’s exotic items from natural-oil perfumes and incense, rich fabrics and handicrafts, abayas and jalabiyas to intricate carpets can be found.