Welcome to the Island of Smiles! The Kingdom of Bahrain is a small archipelago of 33 Islands surrounded by the sparkling turquoise waters of the Arabian Peninsular. Although we are only 780 km2 in size, our island nation is colossally rich in heritage and heart, offering you a Middle Eastern travel experience that is truly unique!
Visit the Kingdom of Bahrain, a major trading hub since ancient times, and discover the site of the ancient Dilmun civilization. Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites Qalat al-Bahrain (Bahrain Fort), one of the most prolific archaeological digs in the Arabian Gulf, where excavations over the past 50 years have offered insights into the vital importance of the ancient Kingdom. Bahrain is home to one of the largest prehistoric cemeteries in the world with thousands of mysterious burial mounds thought to be from the 3rd to 1st millennium BC.
Bahrain’s capital Manama is a cultural hub, and was named the Capital of Arab Culture in 2012, Capital of Arab Tourism in 2013, and the Capital of Asian Tourism in 2014. A foodie’s haven with a flourishing art scene, and packed with vibrant alleys and colourful, ambient bazaars, Bahrain is a cultural experience that will create memories to last a lifetime.
Action and adventure is also on the menu! Visit the Bahrain International Circuit, and discover why we have been dubbed the ‘Home of Motorsports in the Middle East’, or slip into the warm shallow waters of the Arabian Gulf for a number of aquatic activities; from night time fishing to sailing and scuba diving – visitors can even dive for their very own Bahraini pearls!
Whether you’re exploring excavations, the architectural genius of Muharraq’s heritage houses, enjoying fast cars, or picking up a bargain in the bazaar, Bahrain offers a travel experience that is truly unique in the Middle East – A culturally rich, yet modern and cosmopolitan travel destination that embraces visitors from all parts of the globe. Experience Bahrain: “Where Culture & Contemporary Meet!”