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Travel Tips to Bahrain (BAH)
Manama: Discover the capital of the Kingdom of Bahrain
Flights to Manama bring you to the north of the peninsula of the Arabian Kingdom of Bahrain. This extends over 33 islands in a bay of the Persian Gulf to the east of Saudi Arabia. Around 15 per cent of the population of Bahrain live in Manama. The metropolis represents the most important business centre where in particular banks and other financial services are based. Manama also enjoys great popularity with travellers since several new holiday resorts have been established in recent years.
In Manama’s souk
Visitors to the island capital Manama will discover its versatility: the modern area with skyscrapers and up-to-date shopping streets, alongside the characteristically Eastern old town with its old-fashioned houses with ornate wooden balconies and numerous wind towers. Go through the Bahrain Gate and you are in Manama Souk. This is the magnificent Bab Al-Bahrain bazaar where you can buy oriental spices and other delicacies, as well as all sorts of other goods. Running right through the souk is the so-called Gold Street, where you can buy jewellery and other valuable items.
A visit to the country’s biggest mosque
In Manama you will find the Al-Fateh Grand Mosque, which is one of the biggest mosques in the world. More than 2,900m2 of marble was moved here from Italy. The two minarets reach a height of 70 metres. This impressive building holds a total of up to 2,000 people in the interior and up to 5,000 in the outer area. You can visit the Al-Fateh Mosque even if you are a non-Muslim. Every day (except Fridays) from 9 o’clock until 4 o’clock, you have the opportunity to explore this huge mosque either on your own or in a guided tour.
To the historical roots of Qal’at al-Bahrain
Only 5.5 km from Manama at Al Qalah are the ruins of Qal’at al-Bahrain, once the capital of the Dilmun Empire. The graves of the ancient kings, some of which measure 24 metres in height and over 40 metres in diameter, have a particular draw. In total, more than 170,000 grave mounds can be found here; as a result, this region can be described as the world’s biggest necropolis with over 5,000 years of history. You can reach the area from the Qal’at Al Bahrain Avenue via Avenue 44 and then via the Bahrain Fort walkway. The World Heritage Site is always open. There is no entry fee except for the museum there. With a flight to Manama with FlyDoha, you can discover a completely different world.