Bahrain's Old Capital

Cultural & Theme Tours in Manama

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Muharraq Island, was once the capital of Bahrain; and enduring within it are stories of the old which now intermingle with the new. Discover how the many brilliant people of the 19th century help build this country and how their efforts linger on and continue till today. 
Our English speaking professional guide will meet the guest at the hotel lobby and proceed to visit the following places:Shaikh Isa Bin Ali House: The House of Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa was his residence and the seat of his government.  This beautiful house offers insight into the royal life in the 19th century. It consists of several rooms arranged around four courtyards and characterized by its wind towers. It is considered one of the most impressive examples of Gulf Islamic architecture on the island. Shaikh Ebrahim Centre: This is a new building with a traditional architecture in the heart of old Muharraq. It was built on a plot of land that was originally part of the house and forum of Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, an intellectual and man of letters, in the early 20th century. The design incorporates a large Islamic arch, mashrabiya (traditional windows) and gypsum panels with Arabic calligraphy.Abdullah Al Zayed House: This is the house of the founder of the first weekly newspaper in Bahrain and the Gulf. The house is dedicated to the preservation of Bahrain's press heritage and at the same time preserves part of the country's unique architectural traditions.Kurar House: The house provides a venue for elderly Bahraini ladies to pass on the art of the Kurar to younger generations. Kurar is a form of embroidery using a golden thread.Muharraq Souq: Smaller than Manama Souq, the Muharraq souq offers a wide range of merchandise and famed sweet shops. The oldest section of the souq, Al Qaisariya, offers a charming shopping experience. Souq Al Qaisariya is an integral component of the "Pearling; a testimony of an Island Economy" (UNESCO World Heritage Site).Dhow Builder’s Yard: This traditional boat builder’s yard in Muharraq is only one existing in Bahrain. Dhows boats are still built today in much the same fashion as they used to be generations ago. It is an education to watch craftsmen curve the hulls and hammer the planks together into beautiful dhows with nothing more to guide them than mental notes of plans handed down via word-of-mouth through the generations.After the Dhow Builder's Yard visit the tour will head back to the hotel,

What’s included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Shaikh Isa bin Ali House
  • Entry/Admission - Muharraq souq
  • Entry/Admission - Shaikh Ebrahim Center

What’s not included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off