• 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

     

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  • 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.