Things to do in Bahrain

Bahrain hosts the world renowned Bahrain Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir and has a wide variety of water sports, museums, mosques and other local attractions.

Anyone interested in the local history should visit the Bahrain Fort on the northern coast of Bahrain Island, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It dates back to the 16th Century and also showcases a variety of archaeological discoveries.

Themed on the ancient Dilmun civilisation is Bahrain's extravagant Lost Paradise of Dilmun waterpark. Set in 77,000 square meters of desert oasis, it's the largest stand-alone waterpark in the Middle East with 18 slides, pools, fountains and attractions.

Al Fateh Mosque

The ultra modern Al Fateh Mosque is Bahrain’s largest mosque, also housing the National Library under its huge dome. By contrast, the Khamis Mosque is considered one of the earliest Islamic relics in the region. The foundations are believed to date back as early as 692 AD.

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Bahrain Fort

Once the capital of the Dilmun civilization, the Bahrain Fort was given UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2005. Excavations that started in the 1950s have unearthed evidence from various occupants from 2300 BC up to the 18th century, including Kassites, Portuguese and Persians.

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Bahrain Grand Prix

The Bahrain Grand Prix has rapidly become one of the biggest sporting and social events in the Middle East, earning Bahrain a reputation as a centre of motor sport in the area. More than 100,000 people attended the first F1 race of the year at the Sakhir circuit, smashing last year's record of 97,000.

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Bahrain National Museum

The Bahrain National Museum is the largest and oldest museum in Bahrain and is home to many ancient artefacts, some dating back to the ancient civilisation of the Dilmun era. Situated near the King Faisal Highway in Manama, the two building complex covers 27,800 sq metres and is next to the National Theatre of Bahrain.

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Tree of Life

The Tree of Life (or Shajarat-al-Hayat) grows in the middle of the desert with no known water source. Despite this, the tree flowers twice a year and is covered in green leaves. Located 10 km from Askar and some 3.5 km west from Jaww, this Prosopis cineraria has been making a seemingly impossible living out of dry sand for about 400 years.

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Water sports

Bahrain's temperature and climate are ideal for water sports almost all year around. The warm shallow waters of the Arabian Gulf offer great night-time sea fishing, sailing, kayaking and scuba diving. Visitors can also take boat rides to the Hawar Islands and view dolphins playing in their natural habitat of the calm Gulf seas.

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