Beaches
  • Al Dar Islands
  • We love living on an island … but sometimes it is good to get off it! And a boat trip is a great family day out. Al Dar Islands can arrange a trip for you, as well as snorkelling, pearl diving, dolphin watching.  It’s also a great place for just hanging out at the beach, with chalets, and beach huts. (ID needed.)

    The guys here organise Pearl Diving Tours – after a short trip by boat to the oyster beds (where you are given a basket, gloves and snorkeling gear), you will learn how to collect the oysters, then to open the shells and look for pearls.

     

  • 17 704 600
  • www.aldarislands.com
  • Al Jazayer Public Beach
  • This is the main true public beach in Bahrain. Located in Zallaq, not far from BIC, it is a long stretch of beach that is popular with the local Bahraini’s. The beach can look a little dirty but is a good location for a picnic or barbecue.

  • Amwaj Islands
  • Amwaj Islands are a group of man-made islands located on the north-east of Bahrain. The many beaches are for the residents use but often frequented by kite surfers, jet skiers and watersports enthusiasts.

  • 16 003 100
  • www.amwaj.bh
  • Coral Bay
  • Coral Bay has a marina, a beach, a fully equipped health club, and offers all types of water sports.  Best suited for families with older children as well as couples and adults, Coral Bay is the ultimate destination for relaxation, adventure, entertainment and enjoyment.

    Good access to watersports facilities make this popular with younger expats.  Check out their boat tours too.

     

  • 17 312 700
  • coral-bay.net
  • info@coral-bay.net
  • Hawar Islands from Ad Dur Jetty
  • If you are prepared to take an hour-long boat trip, you can visit the beaches of Hawar Islands. Great for bird watching, you can stay at the Hawar Resort Hotel and make a weekend of it.

  • 17 294 439
  • Marina Club
  • The Marina Club offers marina facilities and services such as, Berthing, Boat parking, Launching, Recovery, Valet services, Underwater inspection, 50 ton hoist & diving.

    Groups or individuals can now visit to the Marina Club and enjoy the water sports facilities on weekdays as well as weekends.

     

  • 17 291 527
  • www.marinaclub.info
  • marinac@batelco.com
  • Ritz-Carlton Hotel
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa, has one of the most popular family clubs. The 20-acre resort complex overlooks the Arabian Gulf, with the outdoor pool and Jacuzzi by the beach.

    Activities include Social Tennis, Social Football, swimming, paddleboards, pedalos.

    There is a dedicated Kids Club where children aged 4 to 12 are welcome to join exciting activities.

    You need to be a member to use the facilities here or pay a high day rate. The beach is set around a lagoon, with clean fine white sand.  The spa is outstanding too!

  • 17 580 000
  • ritzcarlton.com
Cinemas
  • Cineco Hotline
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    Lots of options here to see the latest film releases. The Cineco 20-cinema complex (www.citycentrebahrain.com) is at Bahrain City Centre. It is often busy so worth getting there early. Alternatively, check out Seef Cineplex – again, a popular destination for cinema goers. Their hotline for timings and tickets is 17 864 666. Also see bahraincinema.com for all cinemas in Bahrain, including Dana Cinema and Al Jazeera, as well as the above.

  • 17 864 666
  • bahraincinema.com
Days Out
  • Al Areen Wildlife Park
  • Bahrain’s only wildlife park is home to over 45 different species of mammal and more than 82 varieties of bird. See the birds wandering freely around the park (don’t be surprised if you come face to face with an ostrich) and then take the bus through the reserve, stopping off to see the larger animals such as leopards, gazelles, wolves and hyenas.

  • 17 845 480
  • alareen.org
  • bncftpw@batelco.com.bh
  • Al Dar Islands
  • We love living on an island … but sometimes it is good to get off it! And a boat trip is a great family day out. Al Dar Islands can arrange a trip for you, as well as snorkelling, pearl diving, dolphin watching.  It’s also a great place for just hanging out at the beach, with chalets, and beach huts. (ID needed.)

    The guys here organise Pearl Diving Tours – after a short trip by boat to the oyster beds (where you are given a basket, gloves and snorkeling gear), you will learn how to collect the oysters, then to open the shells and look for pearls.

     

  • 17 704 600
  • www.aldarislands.com
  • Bahrain International Circuit
  • Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) is the home of the Motorsport in the Middle East.

    BIC is one of the Middle East’s leading entertainment, events and corporate destinations. Hosting regular race meetings, track days, drag racing and karting events – BIC is the ideal multi-purpose venue.  Includes 4×4 Xtreme, Quad Xtreme, Caterham Xtreme and the Land Rover Experience.

    Check our their Kart Zone too – a great party destination.

    Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the Formula One? Bahrain International Circuit provides a tour that is a must for every motorsport fanatic.

     

  • 17 450 000
  • www.bahraingp.com
  • info@bic.com.bh
  • Bahrain Science Centre
  • There’s nothing boring about the science at Bahrain Science Centre. Full of fascinating exhibits and experiences, you can test your skills in the interactive zone, discover all about the dynamic earth, learn about human health, see 36 animal skeletons, and much more.

    Bahrain Science Centre cater for prearranged groups and parties.

  • 17 686 466
  • bahrainsciencecentre.com
  • Birds Kingdom
  • Take a visit to Amwaj Islands for an attraction that is relatively new to Bahrain. Aziza Birds Kingdom. Aziza Bird Kingdom is home to many beautiful and rare birds. See 70 different species and over 500 birds in a massive, carefully controlled ecosystem, including several critically endangered species.

  • 16 030 597
  • Camel Farm
  • Head over to Janabiya and you’ll find the Camel Farm just off the highway. Visitors are welcome to wander around free of charge and see the hundreds of camels that live there. You might be lucky enough to see some baby camels too. The workers here are friendly and will often offer to take you for a camel ride in return for a small tip.

  • Coral Bay
  • Coral Bay has a marina, a beach, a fully equipped health club, and offers all types of water sports.  Best suited for families with older children as well as couples and adults, Coral Bay is the ultimate destination for relaxation, adventure, entertainment and enjoyment.

    Good access to watersports facilities make this popular with younger expats.  Check out their boat tours too.

     

  • 17 312 700
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  • info@coral-bay.net
  • Hawar Islands from Ad Dur Jetty
  • If you are prepared to take an hour-long boat trip, you can visit the beaches of Hawar Islands. Great for bird watching, you can stay at the Hawar Resort Hotel and make a weekend of it.

  • 17 294 439
  • King Fahd Causeway
  • The King Fahd Causeway links Saudi Arabia and Bahrain; it is twenty-five kilometers in length, with five bridges and seven embankments. It crosses Umm Nasan Island, a wildlife sanctuary, and half way across you’ll find a restaurant with viewing point.

     

  • 17 796 321
  • kfca.com.sa
  • Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park
  • Lost Paradise of Dilmun (LPOD) Water Park has something for everyone. For the kids, the huge interactive rain fortress, with slides, water sprays, tip buckets and a host of jets and sprays, is a must. For the thrill seekers, check out the Boomerang and the Superbowl. Or take the Family Raft Ride, Wave Pool and Lazy River if you want to do something all together.

  • 17 845 100
  • Tree of Life
  • For some desert exploring, a good place to start is at The Tree of Life – an approximately 400 year-old, 9.75 m (32 ft) high Prosopis cineraria tree.

  • Wahooo! Waterpark
  • Wahooo! is a water park situated on top of a shopping mall! The ultimate water fest, you’ll find thrilling rides and attractions including Master Blaster, Sidewinder, Matt Racer, a Multi Level Rain Fortress, Wave pool, Toddler pool and Lazy River.

  • 17 713 000
  • www.theplaymania.com/wahooo
Family Clubs
  • Bahrain Rugby Football Club
  • The Bahrain Rugby Football Club is a thriving club located in Saar.  Hosts to many rugby games and activities, they also have a well attended and well run mini rugby club, catering for children from 6 years upwards.  Well known, too, for Thursday night football – a great way to end the school week.  Bahrain RFC also have a strong Netball Club and the Bahrain Triathlon Club can often be found here too.

    A covered playground and baby pool make this a perfect place to meet friends.  A great party venue.

    Mano’s Bistro provides excellent food, famous in particular for the Wednesday night Steak Night.

     

  • 17 695 809
  • www.bahrainrfc.net
  • info@bahrainrfc.com
  • British Club
  • The British Club is one of the oldest and most popular expat clubs in Bahrain. The Club was founded in 1935 and was originally known as The Gymkhana Club. Since then it has gone from strength to strength and currently has a membership of over 1500 members.

     

    Sports activities range from tennis, squash, taekwondo, football, volleyball and swimming

    Other activities include bridge evenings, family movie nights and quiz nights.

    For Babies and Toddlers, check out the great Tots & Toddlers Group run by Niki.

     

     

     

  • 17 728 245
  • britishclubbahrain.com
  • secretary@britishclubbahrain.com
  • Coral Bay
  • Coral Bay has a marina, a beach, a fully equipped health club, and offers all types of water sports.  Best suited for families with older children as well as couples and adults, Coral Bay is the ultimate destination for relaxation, adventure, entertainment and enjoyment.

    Good access to watersports facilities make this popular with younger expats.  Check out their boat tours too.

     

  • 17 312 700
  • coral-bay.net
  • info@coral-bay.net
  • Dilmun Club
  • The Dilmun Club is a family, sports and social Members Club situated in the residential area of Saar.  The Club provides a safe, relaxed and friendly atmosphere for a wide range of social, sporting and recreational activities. Activities include netball, tennis, football, card games, sewing club, squash courts, swimming and much more. Check out the Dilmun Stables for horse riding lessons too.

  • 17 692 986
  • www.dilmun-club.com
  • dilmunclub@gmail.com
  • La Plage Beach Club, Sofitel
  • The private beach of Sofitel is a perfect backdrop for a family club.  Tennis, kayaking and swimming in the sea and pools are some of the activities available.

    The Kids Club is situated next to the children’s pool, complete with fun water play equipment.  Staff are on hand in the Funzone.

     

     

  • 17 636 394
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  • H6722@sofitel.com
  • Ritz-Carlton Hotel
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa, has one of the most popular family clubs. The 20-acre resort complex overlooks the Arabian Gulf, with the outdoor pool and Jacuzzi by the beach.

    Activities include Social Tennis, Social Football, swimming, paddleboards, pedalos.

    There is a dedicated Kids Club where children aged 4 to 12 are welcome to join exciting activities.

    You need to be a member to use the facilities here or pay a high day rate. The beach is set around a lagoon, with clean fine white sand.  The spa is outstanding too!

  • 17 580 000
  • ritzcarlton.com
  • Royal Country Club
  • The Royal Country Club’s state-of-the-art indoor facilities include ladies and gents’ gymnasiums, saunas and steam rooms, a fitness studio, changing rooms and lockers.  Outside, enjoy the multi-purpose sports court, temperature-controlled swimming pool, children’s play area and beautifully landscaped gardens, all providing an idyllic retreat.

    Exercise classes include Pilates, Zumba, Spinning, Private Swimming Lessons, Personal Training and more.

    Junior Activities include Swimming Lessons, Taekwondo and Dance Classes.

    Links, Prego and Cafe T all provide excellent dining options, too.

  • 17 751 264
  • theroyalgolfclub.com/the-royal-country-club
  • countryclub@theroyalgolfclub.com
Heritage & Culture
  • Saar and A’ali Burial Mounds
  • Amongst Bahrain’s mysterious ancient remains are the thousands of burial mounds that dominate the landscape north of the Island. Spanning the Dilmun era to the Tylos era, the burial mounds are unique in terms of number and concentration. The best preserved and most impressive mounds are the royal burial mounds in the village of A’ali.

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  • A’ali Pottery
  • Traditional pottery workshops can still be found in A’ali, where pieces are made using traditional methods that have been passed down from generation to generation. The artisan potters use a mixture of mud and water that is placed on a revolving wheel. It’s not as easy as it looks… but visitors are sometimes able to have a go.

  • Al Fateh Grand Mosque
  • The Al-Fateh Mosque is located in Juffair, Manama and is part of an Islamic centre, which includes the mosque, a department for Qur’anic studies and an Islamic library. The Al-Fateh Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world, having the capacity to accommodate over 7,000 worshippers at a time.

  • 17 727 773
  • Al Jasra Handicraft Centre
  • In 1990, Al Jasra Handicrafts Centre was established to help preserve Bahrain’s local crafts and heritage, including as textiles, woodwork and basket weaving. The Centre holds workshops so visitors can see the traditional crafts taking place and the local women are pleased for you to sit and watch them work.

  • 17 611 900
  • Al Jasra House
  • Located in the village of Al Jasra, Beit Al Jasra (Jasra House) is a traditional style house built in 1907. It was restored in 1986 using traditional building materials such as coral stones and palm leaf trunks.

  • 17 611 454
  • Al Khamis Mosque
  • Built around 692 AD, Al Khamis Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in the Arab world. The identical twin minarets on this ancient Islamic monument make it easily recognizable. The foundation dates back to the 11th century and has been rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries. During this reconstruction the twin minarets were added.

  • Arad Fort
  • Arad Fort is a 15th-century fort in Arad, Bahrain. Arad Fort was built in the typical style of Islamic forts during the 15th century A.D.   It is beautifully illuminated at night and hosts seasonal festivals throughout the year.

  • 17 672 278
  • Bahrain National Museum
  • There’s plenty to keep the family amused for several hours here. There are nine halls that take you on a 4000-year journey through time. See the traditional handicrafts, burial mounds, ancient documents and manuscripts, Tylos hall, Islamic period hall and, our favourite, the customs and traditions hall.

     

  • 17 292 718
  • Bait Siyadi Pearl Merchant’s House
  • This is a lovely example of a Pearl Merchant’s House from 19th Century Muharraq.   The local architecture and design, which has been sensitively refurbished, shows stained-glass, carved screens and ornate ceilings.  Part of Bahrain’s Pearling Trail, a UNESCO Heritage site.

     

  • Barbar Temple
  • Barbar Temple is a very small archeological site in the residential area of Barbar, off the Budaiya Highway. The temple contains two altars and a natural water spring that is thought to have held spiritual significance for the worshippers. During the excavation of the site many tools, weapons, pottery and small pieces of gold were found which are now on display in the Bahrain National Museum.

  • Basket Weaving
  • Tucked away in the village of Karbabad, you’ll find basket weaving is still practiced using traditional techniques. There is a small workshop in the village and you can see where date palm leaves are used to make items such as mats, baskets and small dishes and where the crafts are for sale.

  • Beit Al Qur’an
  • Beit Al Qur’an (House of Qur’an) is dedicated to the Islamic Arts.  The museum has been acknowledged as being one of the most renowned Islamic museums in the world.

  • 17 290 101
  • Manama Souk
  • Manama Souk is in a maze of traditional, small streets behind Bab Al-Bahrain (or Gate of Bahrain) and is the place to go for an extraordinary array of goods such as cheap electronic items, bargain T-shirts, nuts and spices. Great for exploring.

  • Muharraq Heritage Zone
  • This is now a Unesco World Heritage Site; a 3.5 km trail located in Muharraq, wonderful for exploring the narrow streets and alleys and discovering historic buildings as you go. Start at the car park for Al Saidi House, allow plenty of time and don’t be surprised if you get lost!

  • Oil Museum
  • The Museum showcases the history of the oil industry in Bahrain. See some interesting exhibits, including drilling equipment, documents, old photographs and a working model of an oil rig.

  • 17 753 257
  • Qal’at Al Bahrain & Site Museum
  • For a family trip with a bit of culture, you should visit Qal’at Al Bahrain, otherwise known as Bahrain Fort. This beautiful fort is now a Unesco World Heritage Site and is a great space for exploring, with a lovely walking path around the outside. It is connected to a museum that gives details of the site’s history, dating back to 2,800BC.

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  • Rashid Al Oraifi Museum
  • This museum demonstrates how the Al Oraifi family lived.  Artwork inspired by the Dilmun culture and history by one of Bahrain’s most talented artists, Rashid Al Oraifi, is on display.

  • 17 335 616
  • Riffa Fort
  • Sheikh Salman bin Ahmed Al-Fateh Fort is often known as Riffa Fort owing to its location. If you want to learn all about the ruling Al-Khalifa family, this is the place to go. The modern visitor center (which has fabulous views) includes a “family tree” and supplies information and history of the royal family.

  • Shaikh Ebrahim Center for Culture
  • Starting with the opening in 2002, the Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research has hosted over 200 speakers, philosophers, poets and thinkers, who have presented their thoughts in the center’s weekly lecture program. As the demand for cultural activities and a need for the preservation of our Bahraini heritage grew, the center expanded. To date, the Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research has restored around ten traditional Bahraini houses in Muharraq and Manama, many belonging to leading Bahraini personalities or families.

  • 17 322 549
  • www.shaikhebrahimcenter.org
  • info@shaikhebrahimcenter.org
  • Shaikh Isa Bin Ali House
  • Located in the old part of Muharraq, this historic house is considered one of the most impressive examples of Gulf Islamic architecture in Bahrain. Most notable are the windtowers, and the courtyards. Tricky to find, but only a stroll away from Siyadi House on the Muharraq Heritage Walk.

  • 17 334 945
Shopping Malls