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Though Bahrain consists of around thirty small islands, Manama has historically been the only major city, occupying over a third of the largest island.

Manama means ‘Sleeping Place’, but with its central atmosphere, its late-night shopping, and its lively bars and nightclubs, it’s hard to see when the city gets a chance to sleep.

Manama is a night bird and people flock in on weekends for fine dining and an off-duty drink. For those who prefer an early start to a late night, however, the city is sleepy enough by day, and it’s unlikely there’ll be much of a queue for the excellent Bahrain National Museum

Manama sustained itself largely through farming, though its climate made it possible to grow only a limited variety of fruits, the city nonetheless managed to outlive each of these empires. In 1783, the Al-Khalifa monarchs assumed power of Bahrain. Based in Manama, the same monarchy rules today, though with a reduced role in governing.

The discovery of oil in the 1930s reversed Manama’s economy entirely. Agriculture went into a total decline, as oil drilling and heavy industries took its place. With industrialization came political change. In 2000, a parliament was elected to share power with the royal family, and a year later women were given the right to vote. These measures have helped make Manama one of the Middle East’s most democratic capitals.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Most Libral Arabian City with Mosr Friendly Peopels
  • Cons:One of the Hottest Place on earth in Summer
  • In a nutshell:A lot better then Dubai
  • Last visit to Manama: Nov 2012
  • Intro Updated Nov 8, 2012
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    Sep 8, 2011 at 4:01 AM

    I loved my holiday in Bahrain and found the people so helpful, I traveled to Bahrain alone and was worried about going alone at first but met so many nice friends their.. Thanks for the pics gave me more memmories

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