Places to Visit in Bahrain

by Cynthia Tucker

Bahrain is located off Saudi Arabia's east coast. It consists of 33 islands and its capital is Manama. The largest island is Bahrain Island. The island is connected to Saudi Arabia by the King Fahd Causeway, which is 16 miles long. The majority of Bahrain's inhabitants are Muslims, and Arabic is the official language. Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa is Bahrain's king. There are many interesting places to see in Bahrain.

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Al-Areen Wildlife Park

Al-Areen Wildlife Park (alareenholding.com) is located outside the city in the village of Zallaq. It is open Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can see many different species of rare and endangered animals such as the Arabian oryx, the springbok, the Persian gazelle and the impala.

Hawar Island

Hawar Island is located southeast of the mainland. The island offers tourists various watersports. It is an ideal spot for experienced sailors because they can rent equipment and enjoy the water without assistance. However, for those less experienced Ad-Dur Jetty offers 45-minute boat rides to Hawar Island.

Bahrain National Museum

Bahrain National Museum (no website; P.O.Box 2199, Muharraq Bahrain; 973 17292977) is located at the intersection of Muharraq Causeway and King Faisal Highway and was built in 1988. One display is an ancient burial mound from 2800 BC, which was brought in from the desert and reconstructed at the museum. The museum offers a glimpse of Bahrain over the years.

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life is an acacia tree located in the desert between Riffa and Awali. It is a mysterious wonder of nature because it has survived for more than 400 years in the desert without any visible source of water. In addition, it has outlived other species of its kind by more than 300 years.

The Grand Mosque

The Al Fateh Islamic Centre (alfateh.gov.bh) is known as the Grand Mosque. It is located on the King Faisal Highway in Juffair. The center boasts exquisite Arabic design and architecture, and has the world's largest fiberglass dome. Because of its size, the Grand Mosque holds more than 7,000 people.

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