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Apr2014 - Bahrain

Apr2014

Wyndham Grand Twisting Tower

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  • Written Apr 17, 2014
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BWTC, Nov 2012 - Bahrain

BWTC, Nov 2012

The Bahrain World Trade Centre

Completed in 2008 by the international architectural firm Atkins, the 240-metre Bahrain World Trade Centre was yet another large scale project aimed at maintaining Bahrain's image as a regional business centre. Since their construction, they have become the absolute landmark symbol of Bahrain, and the inclusion of the luxurious Moda Mall below has also made them a destination. The turbines in the middle were meant to generate enough power to sustain the building, but unfortunately tenants complained of dizzying vibration they caused, so they've been fixed in place ever since. The two towers of the BWTC are located on the northern Manama corniche, close to the Financial Harbour twin buildings. For modern architecture lovers, these structures are an object of admiration.

Address: King Faisal Highway

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 30, 2012
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Pearl Monument, May 2007 - Bahrain

Pearl Monument, May 2007

Pearl Monument Pearl Monument Review

UPDATE: In its attempts to quash the revolution, the government of Bahrain demolished the Pearl Monument on the 18th March 2011, a sculpture that had become the symbol of pro-democracy protesters. What a sad day...

Driving on the northern Manama corniche, one cannot miss the elegant white Pearl Monument (Lulu in Arabic). Six sails proudly hold a giant pearl high in the centre of a roundabout, with each sail representing one of the six Gulf countries with a common heritage. The pearl refers to the pearl fishing industry in the Gulf which had been the major revenue source for the inhabitants in the last few centuries before the discovery of oil. As of late (early 2011), Pearl Roundabout has been the focal point of pro-democracy demonstrations and has, unfortunately, also witnessed violence and deaths by the government against its people. As I update this tip, resilient and determined protestors continue to make their voice heard in this tiny island-nation. Should they triumph and their goals be met, I would not be surprised if the name of this roundabout is changed to Liberation (Tahrir) or Shuhada (Martyrs) Square...

Address: Pearl Roundabout

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 19, 2011
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Arad Fort, May 2007 - Bahrain

Arad Fort, May 2007

Arad Fort Arad Fort Review

A 15th century fort, the Arad Fort is one of the more important historic monuments of Bahrain. It is located on Muharraq Island near the airport. During its history, it served as a base for various foreign occupiers of Bahrain, including the Portuguese in the 16th century and the Omanis around 1800.

Address: Muharraq Island

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 19, 2011
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Bahrain National Museum entrance, May 2007 - Bahrain

Bahrain National Museum entrance, May 2007

The Bahrain National Museum National Museum Review

Since it opened its doors in 1988, this modern structure has been a showcase of 6000 years of civilisation on this tiny Arabian Gulf island. Much of the museum is dominated by the ancient Dilmun civilisation which had ties with Mesopotamia. The rest of the museum focuses on Bahrain since the arrival of Islam and until the discovery of oil. Although many of the items on display in the museum are quite intriguing and admirable, the section on local Bahraini culture completely freaked me out. This was mainly due to the funny-looking human figures used in the displays (see attached photos).

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 19, 2011
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Bab Al-Bahrain - Bahrain

Bab Al-Bahrain

Bab Al-Bahrain Souq Review

This structure is known as Bab Al Bahrain, which means the "Door" or "Gate" of Bahrain. It is a symbolic gate to the city and marks the area where Old Manama and its souk (bazaar) are situated.

Directions: Near the centre of Manama, through the Bab al Bahrain (Gate of Bahrain)

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 19, 2011
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Ottoman-period Quran - Bahrain

Ottoman-period Quran

Beit al-Quran Museum

A rather elegant museum, Beit al-Quran was recently built in the traditional Bahraini religious architecture to house an amazing and extremely rare collection of ancient Qurans (Islam's holy book) dating as far back as the 7th century AD. Throughout Islamic history, Qurans became a form artistic expression with beautiful calligraphy and colourful drawings. The museum is very nicely laid out and walks the visitor through the development of the Quran, its art, and Arabic calligraphy over time and across the various dominant Islamic empires. The museum is somewhat small and can be seen in less than an hour, but it is very educational and well worth a visit.

Address: Diplomatic Area - near the Diplomat Hotel

Directions: Saturday to Wednesday:
Morning : 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 Noon
Evening : 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Thursday : 9.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Closed on Friday

Phone: +973 17 290 101

Website: http://www.beitalquran.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 19, 2011
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Interior of the Bahrain Fort (Feb 2008) - Bahrain

Interior of the Bahrain Fort (Feb 2008)

Bahrain Fort Fort Review

One of the more important historic buildings on the island, the Bahrain Fort (or Qala'at al-Bahrain in Arabic) is a 16th century fortress built by the Portuguese during the times when they dominated trade routes in the Indian Ocean. This fort is one of several built in Bahrain and around the Persian Gulf to protect these trade routes. It has been nicely restored and is open to visitors. Just outside the fort is a partially excavated ancient settlement from the Dilmun civilisation, which goes back at least 2000 years. The excavation work is expected to continue in the near future and will encompass the large arid area between the fort and the nearby village of Karbabad. In 2005, the Bahrain Fort and the Dilmun excavations were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Directions: Roughly a 15 minute drive west of Manama, towards the Saudi Causeway. Access to the fort is through the colourful town of Karbabad.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 13, 2009
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al-Fateh Mosque - Bahrain

al-Fateh Mosque

The Grand Mosque Mosques Review

Officially called al-Fateh Mosque, the Grand Mosque of Bahrain is the largest on the island. It is a modern (1990s) construction in a traditional Islamic style. The mosque is open to non-Moslems, but not during prayer time. Visitors must dress modestly (women must wear a head scarf).

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 15, 2008
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Old Architecture - Bahrain

Old Architecture

Manama Souk Souq Review

The Manama souk lies in the older part of town. Its narrow streets and partly covered alleys are typical of Middle Eastern souks, but do not expect anything like Cairo's or Istanbul's bazaars. There are definitely many interesting things and souvenirs to buy, along with cheap goods made in Asia. Most interesting to see is perhaps the Gold Souk. This part of town has some of what little remains of old Bahraini architecture (see photos).

Address: Government Road

Directions: Near the centre of Manama, through the Bab al Bahrain (Gate of Bahrain)

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 15, 2008
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