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 through an amazing giant electronic book, where a mere wave of the hand turns the pages on Dilmun, pearling and the Tree of Life.

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