Major landmarks in Bahrain
Bahrain is an island nation in the Persian Gulf, which receives tourists and travellers from across the globe spending some relaxing moments during their visit to Bahrain. The tourist attractions in Bahrain reveal several interesting aspects about social, traditional and cultural characteristics of the country.
The tourist attractions in Bahrain include some of the finest sight-seeing locations in the Middle East. Today, people from across the globe are entering Bahrain to catch a glimpse of Arab culture and architecture.
Bahrain is home to several famous mosques in the world, including the Al Fateh Mosque and the Al Khamis Mosque. Some other major attractions for tourists in Bahrain are the Arad Fort, Riffa Fort, Bab Al Bahrain, King Fahad Causeway, Bahrain Grand Prix Circuit, Gate of Bahrain, Manama Souq, Gold Souq, Barbar Temple, Bahrain National Museum and Museum of Pearl Diving, to name a few.
King Fahad Causeway
Opened in 1986, the 15.5 mile King Fahad Causeway is one of the most expensive bridges, which connects the large city of Khobar in the royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the island of Bahrain.
Bahrain World Trade Center
The Bahrain World Trade Center (Bahrain WTC) is a 240m tall twin tower complex located in proximity to King Faisal Highway, and is ranked the second tallest building in Bahrain, following the twin towers of Bahrain Financial Harbour. The towers were built in 2008 by Atkins, the multinational architectural firm.
Al Khamis Mosque
The Al Khamis Mosque is the first-ever mosque to be built in the country, and is one of the most popular mosques too. The mosque was built during the period of Umayyad Caliph Umar II.
Bab al Bahrain
Bab Al Bahrain is one of the most popular mosques in Bahrain. The name Bab Al Bahrain implies Gateway of Bahrain. Constructed during the 1940s by the British, Bab Al Bahrain has undergone widespread renovation during the recent past.
Bahrain has some old remains of temples and forts, and one famous archaeological site in Bahrain is the Barbar Temple, located in the Barbar Village. It is actually the remains of three different temples built one on top of the other.
Beit al Quran
It is an Islamic Museum at Hoora, built to accommodate a valuable collection of Quran and rare manuscripts. This, being a unique concept in the Persian Gulf, it comprises a Mosque, Library, Museum, Auditorium, School and a Museum comprising ten exhibition halls.
Dilmun Burial Mounds
The Dilmun Burial Mounds in Bahrain is one of the rare archaeological burial grounds in Bahrain, which dates back to the Dilmun era, and is the place where ancient people of Dilmun civilization are resting in peace.
Tree of Life (Sharajat-al-Hayal)
The Tree of Life (also known as Sharajat-al-Hayal), located 2 kms away from Jebel Dukhan, is a 400 year old, 32 feet tall mesquite tree. It is a lone tree standing in a sea of sand (25-foot high sandy hill), which almost seems like a mirage, and appears broad, shady, and mature in solitary splendour.
First Oil Well
The First Oil Well in Bahrain is situated below Jebel Dukhan, and is the first oil well in the Persian Gulf. It was operated by Bahrain Petroleum Company. The oil first spurted from this well on 16th October 1931, and finally began to blow heads of oil on 2nd June 1932.