Middle East

Bahrain

Photo credit: Tabish Firoz

The Melting Pot of the Persian Gulf

It likely comes as no surprise that Bahrain is mostly a desert island with its location in the Persian Gulf. Or that its economy is fueled largely by the oil industry. Or that it has a gleaming, high-rise capital city – Manama. What sets Bahrain apart and surprises many visitors is its ancient history as a trade hub, predating the oil industry by millennia. That legacy is the appeal of Bahrain: a UNESCO-listed 16th-century Portuguese fort, a cuisine redolent with the flavors and aromas of Persia, India, and Arabia, and a relatively intact old town where Arabic and Persian can still be heard in the alleyways. That heritage plus the modern infrastructure of Manama makes Bahrain a convenient, comfortable, and fascinating place to stop over when traveling in or through the region.

Why travel to Bahrain with MIR

Bahrain is well developed and easy to get to, but moving past the outward-facing veneer of the country to really get to know its culture and history takes local expertise. That’s where our travel planners and passionate on-the-ground experts come in. Whether you are interested in attending the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix, exploring the island’s food scene, spending a layover at a luxury resort, or simply hitting the highlights, we’re here to help. Join us!

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The 15th-century Arad Fort in Manama. Photo credit: Tabish Firoz
Khamis Mosque, Manama's oldest. Photo credit: Tabish Firoz
A dromedary at the Royal Camel Farm. Photo credit: Tabish Firoz
The Tree of Life - one of the region's only naturally growing trees. Photo credit: Tabish Firoz
A racecar on display at the F1 Village in Manama. Photo credit: Tabish Firoz.
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  • The 15th-century Arad Fort in Manama. Photo credit: Tabish Firoz The 15th-century Arad Fort in Manama. Tabish Firoz
  • Khamis Mosque, Manama's oldest. Photo credit: Tabish Firoz Khamis Mosque, Manama's oldest. Tabish Firoz
  • A dromedary at the Royal Camel Farm. Photo credit: Tabish Firoz A dromedary at the Royal Camel Farm. Tabish Firoz
  • The Tree of Life - one of the region's only naturally growing trees. Photo credit: Tabish Firoz The Tree of Life - one of the region's only naturally growing trees. Tabish Firoz
  • A racecar on display at the F1 Village in Manama. Photo credit: Tabish Firoz. A racecar on display at the F1 Village in Manama. Tabish Firoz
  • Remnants of the millennia-old Dilmun civilization in central Bahrain. Photo credit: Tabish Firoz Remnants of the millennia-old Dilmun civilization in central Bahrain. Tabish Firoz
  • The modern Bahrain World Trade Center in Manama. Photo credit: Tabish Firoz The modern Bahrain World Trade Center in Manama. Tabish Firoz
  • Endangered oryx at the Al Areen Wildlife Park. Photo credit: Tabish Firoz Endangered oryx at the Al Areen Wildlife Park. Tabish Firoz
  • A boat moored off Manama - a great way to see the city or go snorkeling. Photo credit: Tabish Firoz A boat moored off Manama - a great way to see the city or go snorkeling. Tabish Firoz
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