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Visitors can spend some time to get to know more about culture in Bahrain, by watching music and dance shows in Bahrain. The typical folk dance tradition here comprises the Ardha – male sword dance, accompanied by traditional drums and poetic songs. Fidjeri, is another dance form, which involves clapping, singing and dancing with earthen urns, accompanied by rendering of poetic versus. It is the exclusive preserve of the males of Bahrain pearl’s diving community. Belly dancing is also popular in Bahrain, and it is known as Raks Al Sharki (dance of east) in Arabic.


The Óud'is an instrument with eleven strings, which seems like a lighter version of modern classical guitar. Rebaba is another stringed instrument here.

The dance and music in Bahrain also includes Khaleeji (a pan Gulf folk music with strong African influence invoking polyrhythms). Bahrain is also known for Sawt music (a genre of bluesy music with African, Persian and Indian influences). Khalid al Shaikh, Ali Baha and Sultan Hamid are names of few renowned Bahraini musicians.

As for modern music and dance in Bahrain, there is Bahraini hip hop, Bahraini Osiris, all of which have gained some popularity recently. There are also strong Hard Rock and Heavy Metal followings, with some good groups like Dive, Avatar, Motor Militia and Progressive Rock. Among the modern music institutions in Bahrain are the Bahrain Music Institute, the Classical Institute of Music and the Bahrain Orchestra.

Cinema is another popular entertainment in Bahrain. Bahrainis love to watch movies, and even hard core Hollywood movies run successfully in Bahrain. Some popular movie theatres in Bahrain are Al Jazeera Cineplex, Saar Cineplex, Dana Cinema, and Seef Cineplex.