Manama is the capital of Bahrain which literally means “Sleeping Place” but this is totally opposites as it name means, Manama is always lively.Visitors flock to the city on the weekends for off-duty drinks, fine dining and late-night shopping, giving the city little time to sleep. If staying up all night does not drain all your energy, there are plenty of museums, religious sights and parks to explore during the day.
Best Time to Visit
If you are planning a Travel to Bahrain then The best time to visit Bahrain is in the cooler months between November and February.
Top Places to Visit in Manama
1. Al-Fatih Mosque
There is no better place on Earth than Al-Fatih Mosque to learn more about Islam. The unpatronizing and informative guides walk visitors through the country’s largest building, providing priceless insight on the grand mosque. Built in 1984 from Italian marble, Indian teak wood and Austrian glass, the building is a spectacular example of Bahraini craftsmanship and design. From the friendly guides, visitors learn about religious etiquette and history while discovering special features of the stunning architecture.
2. Friday Mosque
This mosque is small but less impressive. Built in 1938, the cheery architecture is defined by a colorful minaret covered in a mosaic of glistening tiles. Although it is not open to tourists, the mosque is still worth a visit, if only to see its beauty from the outside.
3. Beit al-Quran Museum
Manama is the cultural capital of Bahrain, and many museums bring the spirit and the history of the country to life. One of the best is the Beit al-Quran museum, home to a striking and extensive collection of woodcarvings, Qurans and manuscripts. Like the Al-Fatih mosque, the museum provides an excellent introduction to Islam and especially Islamic calligraphy. Well-labeled with English information, the exhibits take at least two hours to explore. Visitors should dress conservatively and browse the foyer’s bookshop for local crafts before they leave.
4.Pearl Diving Museum
Museum of Pearl Diving contains a fascinating collection of antique weapons, tools made of date palms, traditional games, musical instruments, medicines and costumes related to the traditions. On the second floor is an interesting collection of photographs of Bahraini dignitaries and state occasions throughout the 20th century.
5. Bahrain National Museum
The Bahrain National Museum is the most popular tourist attraction in the country, and it is easy to see why. Housed in a beautiful post-modern building, the museum highlights ancient archaeological finds, earthenware burial jars, dioramas of pearl fishing expeditions, agate and carnelian beads, golden treasures, silver jewelry and more. Another section dedicated to contemporary Bahraini culture includes a reproduction souq, and the museum is rounded out with a chic coffeehouse, wildlife hall, a shop selling local crafts and many gallery spaces that showcase contemporary sculpture and art.
6. Bab al-Bahrain
Bab al-Bahrain is popular tourist sight in the city, the gateway to the city that was built in 1945 by the British. Redesigned in 1986 to reflect a more “Islamic” style, the gate stands above a small square that today is lined by souvenir shops and the official Tourist Department offices. Each day, thousands of people representing any nationalities walk through the gate alongside workers, street vendors, shoppers and tourists.