With a view to capitalise on the significant traffic of business travellers to Bahrain, the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority has started a campaign to promote the destination as an ideal place for a memorable bleisure one with friends or family. According to a press statement by BTEA, Bahrain holds a unique place in the Arabian Gulf as one of the most liberal locations in the region. One can experience the numerous delights of the scenic island destination of Bahrain in just 72 hours, says the statement.
It says that travellers should start their explorations with the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Bahrain. One is the Dilmun burial mounds, which dominate the landscape north of the island. Another one is Qal’at al-Bahrain or Bahrain Fort, a sandy yellow fortress and by far the oldest intact building on the island. It is a small slice of medieval history in an ever-evolving nation. This heritage site comprises of four elements: the tell, an ancient sea tower, a sea channel, and palm groves. While at the fort, one should try the horseback riding activity. Third, is the Muharraq pearling path, which is a testimony to the millennia-old pearl-collecting tradition. This path encompasses 330,000 square meters, including oyster beds and buildings related to the 19th-century pearl industry. The houses along the trail are those of wealthy merchants during that era. Many of which have now been restored and converted into museums, libraries, auditoriums to showcase the pearling story to tourists.
The statement says that Bahrain, the only island country in the area, also has some of the most tranquil islands and miles of fine sand beaches where one can choose to spend a day of vacation lounging around, eating delicious meals, and drinking cool beverages on a beach. The islands of Al Dar and Jarada offer a variety of exciting activities, like pearl diving and shucking where visitors have the chance to locate and keep their very own pearl), parasailing, boat excursions, jet skiing, and more. One can even choose to have a fantastic barbecue at the beach. Hawar Island is another beautiful place to visit as it is a protected area rich in endangered species, marine flora, and fauna. This lovely island is well-known for its wildlife, and a tour of the island has to be one of the best things to do in Bahrain.
Bahrain is also a shopper’s paradise says the statement adding that everyone enjoys shopping and brings mementos and trinkets home from their travels. Those looking to shop for some exotic spices and authentic Arabian items like carpets then simply visit the souqs of Bahrain. Those looking for local and international brands, the plethora of malls in the destination spoil buyers for choice.
One can also defy gravity during the next visit to Bahrain and experience the feeling of ‘free fall’ at Gravity, the first ever indoor skydiving facility in Bahrain with the tallest wind tunnel in the world. Kids and adults both are welcome to experience this thrill.
Another fun activity for bleisure tourists is karting on the Bahrain International Circuit’s (BIC) track. The Bahrain International Circuit is a must-visit automobile venue located in Sakhir which is in the southern region of Bahrain. It also holds events such as drag racing, the GP2 Series, and the annual Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. And of course, there is the thrilling 4×4 experience on the dunes.
The statement adds that the destination is brimming with forts, museums, and cultural sites just waiting to be explored. There are many places you can visit in Bahrain where one can experience their rich heritage and culture like the Arad Fort, Bahrain Fort, the Bahrain National Museum, Muharraq houses, Currency Museum, Sheikh Salman Bin Ahmed Al Fateh Fort, Al Fateh Mosque and Vertical Garden.
It adds that from the streets of Manama to the scenic islands, the Kingdom of Bahrain is overflowing with experiences for every kind of traveller. One can watch the potters at work at the A’ali Pottery Workshop, where traditional methods are used in ancient kilns in a tradition that has been handed down generation after generation or take a tour of the Al Areen Wildlife Park, where all plant and endangered animal species have been protected and taken care of for over 30 years in their own natural environment. A perfect place for family fun is the Lost Paradise of Dilmun water park, which provides fun for all ages with special facilities and play areas designed to keep children amused for hours on end, says the statement, adding that a marvel in the desert that is worth a trip is the Tree of Life, which is famously known to have survived for over 100 years with no source of water. The Royal Camel Farm is on the outskirts of Manama and is a different kind of experience where one can feed the camel and even taste the milk.