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Manama, Bahrain
Manama, Bahrain

Top Things to do in Manama, Bahrain

Take a little while off to play tourist and immerse yourself into the Arab Capital of Culture while exploring the top 5 things to do in Manama, Bahrain.

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Known as the island of golden smiles to the world, Manama, Bahrain, has won several awards and is popular as the perfect place to live and work. Manama is a city of dreams and exciting wonders. With the sustained incandescence of modern life, the city hasn't lost its touch with tradition and culture. Manama, Bahrain, has loads to offer. There are millions of fun things to do in Manama, Bahrain, for everyone.

Whether you're planning for some adventure tours or you're trying to brush up on the regional history, it will take only a couple of days for you to fall in love with this Arab Capital of Culture. With no shortage of activities to discover in this bustling city, you must check our list of top 5 things to do in Manama, Bahrain with some popular tours & day trips.

5 Things to do in Manama Bahrain 2023

1. Dive into the adventures

Manama city has also been awarded the title of 'Pearl of Arabia,' and while you are in the Pearl of Arabia, you must participate in the various adventurous activities at the Coral Bay, where you can immerse yourself into the sea with different recreations such as boat tours, renting banana boats, water skiing, jet skiing, and of course diving.

2. Feel the multicultural atmosphere

Visiting and getting the feel of Bahrain's multicultural atmosphere is one of the best things to do in Manana, Bahrain. There is a Manama Souq which is known to be the oldest Hindu temple in Bahrain. Close to which is 'Little India,' where the essence of India can be felt with colorful walls and buildings, golden jewelry shops that allow you to get your ears and nose pierced. The little bazaar displays clothes, lamps, flowers, and other Hindu prayer accessories shops and you can buy souvenirs as memories of your trip.

There is also Bahrain's oldest Catholic Church in the city, which serves over 150,000 people across nationalities, including American, British, French, Indian, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, as well as Arabs from Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine.

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3. Unfold the mystery of Gilgamesh

Bahrain is the seedbed of one of the Middle East's ancient civilizations, the Dilmun civilization. The place is around 6000 years old. It is also assumed to be the spot where Gilgamesh, a hero in ancient Mesopotamian mythology, is believed to have wandered to seek mortality. The Mesopotamian poem, the Epic of Gilgamesh, is said to be one of the earliest literary works that are known.

Unraveling the mysteries of Dilmun civilization comes at number one among the top 5 things to do in Manama, Bahrain. For that, you must visit the National Museum of Bahrain in Manama near King Faisal highway, which displays a tableau portraying a scene from the Epic of Gilgamesh. The museum also displays ancient artifacts, including old coins and seals, as well as burial heaps from the Dilmun period.

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4. Take a historical tour

Manama, Bahrain, is full of history and architecture, from its world's largest 'grandiose' mosques to its citadel and forts. The Bahrain fort 'Qal'at al-Bahrain in Manama is one of UNESCO's world heritage sites. Nestled on a grand artificial hill put together with years of rebuilding, Qal'at al-Bahrain has existed since 2800 BC and has sediments of forts surrounding it. Apart from a tour to this historical site you can also visit Bahrain's historic and cultural places as well as modern wonders like Al Fateh Grand Mosque, Al Areen Wildlife Park, Arad Fort, Bahrain International Circuit, and much more. That you don't want to miss out on.

5. Shop for vintage artifacts

Bab Al Bahrain means 'gateway to Bahrain' and is the majestic entrance to the island's most multi-ethnic and multicultural market space. Shopping here is one of the best things to do in Manana, Bahrain. Here you will not only find Arabian ancient goods but items like traditional clothing, food, gold, and jewelry from around the world, including Nepal, India and Sri Lanka. For an exotic but ancient Arabian rug and Arabian spices like black lemon, sumac, and za'atar, there is no better place than this.


Manama, Bahrain is a blend of new and old, traditional and modern and the perfect vacation spot for those who love excitement with a touch of culture. Plan your trip to this magnificent city with and get ready to have the time of your life.

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