The Kingdom of Bahrain is rapidly gaining popularity as a resort destination. This ancient country was founded approximately 5000 years ago. The name "Bahrain" literally means "Two Seas" when translated from Arabic. One of the biggest and most famous landmarks in the country is located approximately 10 minutes away by car from the country's capital, Manama. This is the Qala'at al-Bahrain or Bahrain Fort. The beautiful old fort was completely restored, so now travellers can see it in its almost full glory. Unfortunately, the inner premises lack furniture, but the entrance to the fort is completely free of charge. There is a museum dedicated to Bahrain Fort next to it. The building of the museum was finished in 2008. This is the place where visitors can see many precious artifacts found in the fort, including items from the ancient Dilmun period.
Tree of Life is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Bahrain. The exact age of the tree is not known, some experts assume it's more than 400 years old. The tree looks very spectacular in a desert landscape and it’s a miracle it has managed to survive in such harsh conditions. Sunset is usually considered the best time to visit the tree as Tree of Life looks particularly picturesque and you will be able to make stunning and memorable photos.
Manama is also home to several important landmarks. The Al-Fateh Mosque is recognized as one of the biggest mosques in the world, and it can provide space for 7,000 visitors simultaneously. The dome of the mosque is worth a separate attention – the 60 ton heavy cupola is also the largest fiberglass dome in the world. Manama Souq, which is located right behind the building of Bab Al Bahrain, is a place where it’s possible to buy literally everything – from souvenirs and clothes to electronic goods and traditional jewelry.
When it comes to describing museums, the Museum of Pearl Diving might be the most famous one. The museum is located in an old historic building that once was the first official Court of Bahrain and later it was turned into a Traditional Heritage Center. After a long day of sightseeing, move to Corniche al-Fateh – a beautiful promenade with breath-taking views of the skyscrapers and airplanes landing to the city’s airport.
Bahrain is a hot country, so various water sports are very popular there. Sailing and scuba diving are available all year round in the Arabian Gulf. Finally, every April Bahrain hosts Grand Prix F1 race, which is popular with both locals and tourists.
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