Bahrain is not doubt one of the most visited places in the Middle East. It is a vast Kingdom that combines modern Arabic culture which is more than five thousand years old. Bahrain is mostly hot and dry during the summer season. The Zagros Mountains, just across the Persian Gulf, directs low level winds towards Bahrain making the climate favorable especially to visiting tourists. Rainfall occur mainly during winter. Some of the most popular tourist activities in Bahrain include scuba diving, bird watching and horse riding. Best tourist places include;
BAHRAIN NATIONAL MUSEUM
The Bahrain National Museum is the largest and among the oldest museums in Bahrain. The museum was opened in 1988 and holds a rich collection of ancient archaeological artifacts that dates back to 6,000 years of Bahrain’s culture. The museum is dived into three major halls where one hall is devoted to archaeology and ancient civilization of the Bahrain people. The other two halls depict their lifestyle and culture from the ancient time to modern day. A separate hall was built in 1993, The National History Hall, and focuses on the challenges facing Bahrain’s environment. The museum also has gift shops, educational halls, cafeterias, art galleries, warehouses, laboratories and ample parking for visitors.
AL FATEH GRAND MOSQUE
The Al Fateh Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world covering a space of 6,500 square meters. This huge mosque can hold a capacity of 7,000 worshipers in one sitting. The mosque was built in 1987 by the late Sheik Salman Al Khalifa and named after the conqueror of Bahrain, Ahmed Al Fateh. It was built with glass, marble and teak wood. The most fascinating feature about the museum is the dome that weighs six tones and is made of fiber glass which glows at night giving the mosque a very fantastic view. The dome is the largest fiber glass dome.
This is an amusement park that is based around Ain Adari which is a freshwater spring. The area around the park has recently been renovated to meet all tourists’ needs. The total amount of money used to remodel the park was about 23 million US dollars. The park covers a space of about 165,000 square meters and features 8 indoor and outdoor rides for people of all ages. There are 10 food outlets, a family entertainment center and over 1,200 parking spaces. The park receives more than a million tourists annually since 2007.
AL KHAMIS MOSQUE
The Al Khamis Mosque is believed to be the first mosque to be built in Bahrain. The foundation of this mosque is believed to have been laid in 692 AD. This beautiful mosque has two minarets that stand at the corners of the front wall. This identical minarets make the mosque easily noticeable as one drives along Shaikh Salman
TREE OF LIFE
This amazing tree is located just 2 kilometers away from Jebel. The tree is 500 years old and is 25 foot away from the ground. The tree has thrived over five hundred years without any source of water making it the seventh wonder of nature. 50,000 tourists annually come to see this significant piece of nature. The tree of life has one of the best rooting systems in the world.
It is also known as Bahrain Fort but was previously known as Portugal Fort. The fort is an archaeological site in Bahrain on the Arabian Peninsula. The fort has ancient artifacts that date back to 2300 BC. The Fort of Bahrain was once the capital of Dilmun civilization. Most of the artifacts found here reveal the rich history of the country since long ago to modern day. The area around this Fort is believed to have been occupied for more than 5,000 years hence contains a lot of information about the ancient lifestyle and culture of the Bahrain people.
FIRST OIL WELL
Just as the name suggests, this was the first oil well to be constructed in the Arabian side along the Persian Gulf. The first oil was drilled on 16th October 1931 but it became fully operational on June 2nd 1932. When the well became operational, it produced 9,600 barrels per day. By 1970, the well could produce more than 70, 000 barrels per day. Bahrain is also the first place on the Persian Gulf that oil was discovered.
JEBEL AL DUKHAN
This is the highest elevated hill in Bahrain and is often referred to as the mountain of smoke. It is named the mountain of smoke because of the significant amount of haze haze that surround the mountains during humid weather. It is 143 meter high and is Bahrain’s highest point. It has numerous caves that have formed with time. The southern part of the mountain offers a very excellent place for overnight camping.
AL AREEN WILDLIFE PARK
Al Areen is a nature reserve as well as a zoo. This wildlife park is among other five protected areas and the only designated protected area in Bahrain. -The park covers a distance of about 8 km square and was opened to the public in 1976. -The zoological park holds species of both plants and animals native to Bahrain origin. The park has over 100,000 planted trees and flora. It has 50 species of animals and over 90 species of birds. -The park receives more than 200,000 tourists annually. Visitors have a variety of wildlife to see among them the Arabian Oryx which is extinct in the wild
The Barbar is an archaeological site in the village of Bar bar and is considered to be part of the Dilmun culture. The Barba Temple consists of three temples that were discovered at different times. The oldest temple dates back to 3,000 BC. -The temples were built from limestone rocks. The temple were built on top of each other with the second temple built 500 years after the first. The third was added around 2100 BC and 2000 BC.
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