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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

Al Korar House

This house is a gathering point for Muharraq women intent on preserving the craft of al korar (gold-thread weaving), which three generations of a local family have saved from extinction. Once, the intricate threadwo…
Fort in Muharraq Island

Qalat Arad

Built in the early 15th century by the Portuguese, Qalat Arad has been beautifully restored. There is little to see inside except the old well and the date-palm timbers used to reinforce the ceiling. Nonetheless, th…
Museum in Muharraq Island

Bin Matar House

This traditional house, built in 1905 in the heart of Muharraq, was saved from demolition by the Sheikh Ebrahim Centre for Culture and Research. Once the home of a pearl merchant, it has been reinvented as a museum …
Historic Building in Muharraq Island

Sheikh Ebrahim Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Centre for Culture and Research

Inspired by the early-20th-century intellectual of the same name, this elegant centre hosts recitals, lectures and exhibitions every Monday evening. At other times it delivers a synopsis of Bahrain’s history and her…
Historic Building in Muharraq Island

Beit Seyadi

A traditional house from the pre-oil period, Beit Seyadi once belonged to a pearl merchant. The house, located off Sheikh Isa Ave and closed for restoration, boasts a fine exterior, with its peculiar rounded corners…
Museum in Muharraq Island

Al Oraifi Museum

Dedicated to the art and artefacts of the Dilmun era, this private collection of art and sculpture has more than 100 works of art from the era. Inspired by these artefacts, the artist-owner paints Dilmun-related can…
Market in Muharraq Island

Muharraq Souq

Running through the heart of Muharraq Island, the souq is an atmospheric take on old Bahraini life. Near its southern end, Souq Al Qaisariya is still undergoing restoration that, when finished, will make it an impor…
Gallery in Muharraq Island

Busaad Art Gallery

In a beautifully restored Muharraq house dating to the 1930s – the elaborate wooden balconies are worth admiring from outside – this gallery is the former home of and showcases the work of Ebrahim Mohamed Busaad (b …
Food in Muharraq Island

Hussein Mohd Showaiter Sweets

Hussein Mohd Showaiter Sweets is the king among Muharraqi sweet merchants – just try to leave without buying something sickly sweet and sinfully delicious. Most of it's in boxes, but staff members may let you try be…