Apart from business when it comes to beauty Bahrain is not behind. This island country has a lot to offer when it comes to tourism. Did you know that the first recorded civilization in the country was the Dilmun civilization as early as the fourth millennium BCE? This is what was revealed in Background Notes: Mideast, March, 2011 by the US Department of State. So, whether you are looking for glimpses of its thousands of years old ancient culture or the modern, cosmopolitan , everything will mesmerize you here. Little wonder then that the World Travel & Tourism Council pegged the tourism sector in the country as directly contributing BHD544.2 million to the GDP in 2014, with an expected rise of 4.9% per year to BHD895.3 million by 2025.
Five Must Dos
Even if you are in the country just for the weekend, you can get the real feel of with these must visit places.
1. Al Dar Islands
Often said to be “Bahrain’s best kept secret,” these islands make up a Mediterranean style beach resort that is known for its sparkling blue waters and pristine beaches, With strict control on the number of visitors to these islands per day, this is definitely the destination for some peaceful times, watching the dolphins swim by, You can also participate in scuba diving, pearl collecting and other water sports right here. However, it is advisable to avoid visiting Al Dar Islands during the peak summer months.
2. Qal’at al-Bahrain (Bahrain Fort)
A beautiful fort dating back to 2300 BC, this is a good place to visit for all history lovers. It is considered to have been the capital city of the Dilmun Civilization. It is also one of the two UNESCO World Heritage sites in the country. You can visit this fort for a better view of its history and culture.
3. The Pearl Trail
The other UNESCO World Heritage Site in Bahrain is the 3.5 kilometer trail located on the island of Muharraq. It was used by pearl divers through much of the country’s history, till about 1930. Pearling has been known in Bahrain since 2000 BC. You can visit and see the cultural tradition of pearling at this trail.
4. Royal Golf Club
This is golf club is home to the only 18-hole championship golf course in the country, while also boasting a par-3 9-hole course. Both golf courses have been designed by golfing legend and course architect, Colin Montgomerie. The club also houses award winning restaurants, a golf & leisure shop, a golf academy, country club and meeting and conference rooms.
5. Bahrain National Museum
Located strategically between Muharraq and Manama, the Bahrain National Museum has nine halls that display the across the centuries. You get to travel through more than 4,000 years of history, spread across six sections. Take a look at the customs and traditions, traditional handicrafts, burial traditions, ancient documents and manuscripts and much more at this museum.