"FAQ: things to do" Bahrain Travelogue by googoosh
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1. Would you be able to suggest any activities for children below 5 years old? Is Gymboree or any type of play center available?
1. Are beer and wine widely available there?
Yes. Bahrain is a place where you can easily buy booze, but if you don't know what you're looking for, the booze shops seem to be hidden. There are 4 main sellers: BMMI, A&E and Gulf Cellar and another one whose name escapes me, each of which sells different brands. They can be found at the following locations:
1 - BMMI: you'll find one by the pearl roundabout and another behind Al Jazira supermarket in Adliya, a third is behind the Crowne Plaza hotel.
2 - Gulf Cellar: pearl roundabout & behind the Gulf Hotel.
3 - African & Eastern: next to Al Jazira supermarket in Adliya and also next to the Holiday Inn (now renamed the Crowne Plaza) hotel.
Booze shops open from 10:00-21:00 on Saturdays to Thursdays. They're shut all day Fridays and during the entire month of ramadan. If you arrive by air there's a really good duty-free shop at arrivals. You'll walk pass it after you've cleared passport control. You're allowed to bring in one bottle of spirits and six beers. In addition, all five star hotels and many restaurants serve alcohol. y
2. To my knowledge it is a Conservative country. Can you really have fun there?
3. What's the most popular expat watering hole?
Various places - it changes with the season. Depends what you want and your age, but it's best to ask around when you get here. A good place to start would be the Brit Club (if you're British) in Adliya and the Delmon Club in Saar.
4. Should we invest in a club membership?
Clubs are a good thing if you live in a flat or want to go out and meet people. Prices range from BD160 to BD1,200 a year for a couple. It just depends how much you want to spend and who you want to meet
5. It's Ramadan when we visit - will I be able to bring in 2 bottles of duty free? Will alcohol be available in our hotel?
at the start of ramadan all hotels were told they had to stop selling alcohol. this week they've let them sell it again. who knows what will happen next week. you should be able to bring in booze - my husband came through today and had whisky with him. there's a pretty good duty free shop once you've past customs in bahrain. customs allowance is one bottle for each adult entering the country, but wine doesn't seem to count.
1. Where and when does the Bahrain Hash meet?
There's 2 HHH clubs here, one of which is a black hash. I think they meet on a sunday, they usually advertise their events on Ian Fisher's radio show (09:00 - 12:00, Radio Bahrain) when they are meeting.
2. I noticed you said there was only one public beach. Besides this beach, how would you access the water? you can't
3. Only through a hotel? yes
4. Do women and men use the same workout facilities?
mostly no. in some gyms yes, maybe the crowne plaza. but generally its seperate.
5. Would fitness centers in Bahrain offer classes such as yoga, aerobic, BodyStep, and such? Or just exercise equipments?
you can try world beat in budaya - they have lots of exercise classes, including all the ones you mention.
Is it possible to use a bicycle to get around in Manama?
yes, but nobody does. the driving is appaling.
I love meeting people from other cultures but it would be good if there
were a few ex-pat hang-outs too. Is this the case?
yes, there are various ex-pat hang outs - the british club and the dilmon club are the two which spring to mind.
1. Facilities - banking, shopping, dining, water, etc?
Wow thats a big question. Not sure quite what you want you want to know from that lot!
2. My partner and I live in Doha and are considering a long weekend in Bahrain just to get away, but I'm not sure if it will really be much different from staying in Doha. Nightlife isn't really important to us; we're more interested in cultural/historic sights, etc. So I guess my question is, would a trip to Bahrain from Doha be worth the airfare (about US$350 for two)?
Bahrain is a very small island, with a small population and no beaches. but it does have the only burial mound site in the world (right now with no international protection over the area), an interesting fort (our first UNESCO site) and the lone tree of life. two or three days is more than enough for a 'look-and-see'.
3. May I ask for recommendations on: hotels, food, tourist places - perhaps places that people living in Bahrain know where to eat tourists normally would not know of.
this is such an enormous list of questions i can't possibly hope to answer it ... what i suggest you do is when you get here go to Jashanmals book shop in seef mall and buy a book on bahrain (appox. 600 pages) published in the uae called BAHRAIN and also a copy of Timeout's latest magazine on bahrain and you should have hundreds of answers :-)
1. Does this tree of life have a religious meaning?
Not as far as I know
1a. we are planning on visiting the tree of life this weekend.....but have no idea how to get there! can u help with directions?
Head towards Riffa, then Awali. Turn left at Awali, then turn off the road to the golf club, keep going. At the tiny little roundabout go straight ahead. It's further than you think - keep an eye out on the right hand side of the road, you'll see it in the distance.
2. I will be in Bahrain next Tuesday (alone) and will have the morning or afternoon spare for sight seeing. If I wanted to visit just one thing, what would you recomend? My first thought is just to visit the Souq, I assume I can take a taxi there and just walk around with no problem. Does that sound right? Also where exactly should I ask the taxi to stop.
I think the souq is a good place to go if you have so little time. you need to
ask for bab al bahrain. if you have a wee bit longer the museum is quite nice, as is the newly appointed UNESCO world heritage site; bahrain fort. if you like space, then i would forget all those and just a taxi to the tree of life.
1. Any idea on where to stay what to do? I'm interested in the bars...nightlife etc.
there are lots of websites which should be able to set you in the right direction:
www.nightlifeinbahrain.com www.clickbahrain.com www.bahrainguide.org www.gomideast.com www.alloexpat.com www.newarabia.net www.pprune.org www.come2bahrain.com
don't forget to check out the what's on section in the wednesday and thursday editions of the www.gulf-daily-news.com
2 - there any cool nightclubs that play house music or perhaps Trance music in Bahrain?
loads. i think Likwid in the City Centre hotel is probably the best place to go first.
1 - any chance you could give me some general tips on visiting shopping in bahrain costs etc
generally cheaper than Dubai.
2 - I also hear every thing there is very expensive. But i have to some shopping for clothes and few electronics do you have any suggestions where i might find good bargains?
you'll be able to find real bargins in the sales here. electronics are the same price as Dubai or cheaper and they work, unlike several of the things i've bought from Dubai duty free.
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