Manama attractions

Top Choice Museum in Manama

Bahrain National Museum

Deservedly the country's most popular attraction, this is an outstanding introduction to Bahrain's history, with signage in English and Arabic. Housed in a postmodern building on the waterfront, the lower floor disp…
Top Choice Museum in Manama

Beit Al Quran

The finest collection of ancient Qurans in the region, this wonderful homage to Islam's holiest book displays Qurans from almost every century since the advent of Islam in 610, as well as some of the earliest transl…
Top Choice Mosque in Manama

Al Fatih Mosque

This is Bahrain's grand mosque, built as a grand statement in honour of the founder of modern Bahrain, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Muhammad Bin Khalifa, who was known as 'Al Fatih' (the conqueror). The mosque's foundation ston…
Area in Manama

Little India

Close your eyes in this little corner of Manama's historic souq and you would be forgiven for thinking you were in downtown Delhi. The lingua franca is Hindi, and the shop owners all trace their roots back to the su…
Architecture in Manama

World Trade Centre

Built in 2008, these 240m-high, 50-floor office towers were inspired by the traditional badqeers (wind towers) seen in historic Bahraini homes. They are linked in the middle by three full-size wind turbines, which h…
Hindu Temple in Manama

Jai Shri Khrishna Temple

This 200-year-old Hindu temple is the oldest in the Gulf and a testimony to Bahrain's ancient Indian community. Situated down a narrow alley in the heart of Little India, a red gate opens up to a courtyard overlooke…
Monument in Manama

Bab Al Bahrain

This handsome twin-arched gate is a fitting entrance to Manama Souq. Built by British adviser to the royals, Sir Charles Dalrymple Belgrave, in 1949, the 'Gateway to Bahrain' originally stood where huge dhows laden …
Mosque in Manama

Beit Al Quran Mosque

This delightful little mosque is integrated within the Beit Al Quran complex and is open even when the museum isn't. Often overlooked, it has one of the most unusual features you are likely to see in a Bahraini mosq…
Gallery in Manama

Albareh Art Gallery

Cool and welcoming, this little gallery in artsy Adliya hosts work from across the region. Two modest sized rooms, where exhibits are regularly replenished, often display work that pushes the boundaries expected of …
Mosque in Manama

Al Khamis Mosque

This might just be the oldest mosque in Bahrain. It is believed a mosque has stood here since the 8th century, though the current ruins, which include two beautifully restored, climbable minarets, date from the 12th…