Muharraq Island attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Muharraq Island

Beit Sheikh Isa Bin Ali Al Khalifa

Offering a fascinating look at pre-oil life in Bahrain, this building was constructed around 1800 and is one of the finest examples of a traditional house anywhere in the Gulf. The chief sitting room downstairs was …
Historic Building in Muharraq Island

Sheikh Ebrahim Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Centre for Culture & Research

Inspired by the early-20th-century intellectual of the same name, this elegant centre hosts recitals, lectures and exhibitions throughout the year. It also delivers a summary of Bahrain’s history and heritage throug…
Museum in Muharraq Island

Bin Matar House

This traditional house was built in 1905 on reclaimed land by the Bin Matar pearl trading family, who lived here until 2002. Once surrounded by sea on three sides and now in the heart of Muharraq, it was saved from …
Historic Building in Muharraq Island

Al Korar House

In this house, Muharraq women work to preserve the craft of al korar (gold-thread weaving), which three generations of a local family saved from extinction. The intricate threadwork was once the occupation of all re…
Museum in Muharraq Island

Abdullah Al Zayed House for Bahraini Press Heritage

More than 100 years old, this building was the home of the late Bahraini intellectual and 'father' of Gulf newspapers, Abdullah Al Zayed, who founded the region's very first weekly paper. Today the beautifully resto…
Fort in Muharraq Island

Qalat Arad

Built in the early 15th century by the Portuguese, Qalat Arad takes its name from the Greek name for Muharraq, Arados. The fort has been nicely restored, but there is little to see inside except the old well. Noneth…
Gallery in Muharraq Island

Busaad Art Gallery

In a wonderfully restored 1930s house, this gallery is the former family home of Ebrahim Mohamed Busaad, who was born here in 1954. On display are Busaad's elegant pieces of calligraphy, as well the more bold and co…
Market in Muharraq Island

Muharraq Souq

Running through the heart of Muharraq city, the souq is an atmospheric old Bahraini bazaar where all the needs of daily life are bought and bartered for. Near its southern end, Souq Al Qaisariya is an important part…
Museum in Muharraq Island

Al Oraifi Museum

Dedicated to the Dilmun era, this private collection of art and sculpture has more than 100 works from the fascinating period that defined Bahrain's ancient history. Artist-owner Rashid Al Oraifi's Dilmun-related ca…
Fort in Muharraq Island

Qalat Bu Mahir

An ancient defence fort built around 1840 to spot invading boats, the Bu Mahir Fort stares out across a bay to the high rises of Manama, making it an ideal spot for photographing the city's skyline. One of the joys …