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Explore Bahrain and the mysteries that lie within, this 2017

Tuesday, 03 January 2017
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ItÔÇÖs known for the glitz and glamour of its Formula 1 Grand Prix, with its stunning track and global audience. But Bahrain is not just that. Behind the annual roar of the F1 engines lie quiet delights to be savoured at a slower pace.

With the New Year dawning, why not make it your mission this year to visit Bahrain in early 2017 and unlock the mysteries for yourself?

Here listed in alphabetical order, are some of the highlights:

The iconic skyline of Manama

Bahrain Fort: Constructed in the 16th century, the Bahrain Fort stands like a "sentinel" near Manama, the capital of Bahrain. It is 6 km away from Manama on the fertile north coast. Underneath the fort is an archaeological dig, where experts work painstakingly to uncover the mysteries of antiquity, unearthing priceless artefacts that illuminate the countryÔÇÖs past.

Bahrain National Theatre: The theatre opened in 2012 to widespread acclaim at its design and architecture. It was built to appear as if it is floating on the water, and the design evokes traditional motifs in a modern way. The theatre has 1,001 seats, in homage to ÔÇ£A Thousand and One Nights.ÔÇØ

Beit Al-QurÔÇÖan: This beautiful Arabic building, a lovely example of modern Bahraini architecture, provides the perfect setting for visitors to find out more about Islam. It houses an internationally-known collection of religious scriptures, linked to the culture of Bahrain. Manuscripts and woodcarvings offer a fine introduction to Islamic calligraphy. The miniature QurÔÇÖans are an interesting exhibit: the smallest one (from 18th century Persia) is only 4.7 centimetres by 3.2 centimetres.

King Fahd Causeway: Believed to be one of the most expensive bridges ever to have been built, the bridge is a striking, modernist, 80s sculpture. Fifteen miles long, it connects the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, passing over Umm Nasan islandÔÇÖs nature and wildlife.

Manama Souq: Stroll through the street stalls and markets in this labyrinthine souq, where you can buy everything from electronics to textiles, shisha kits, spices, perfumes and of course, gold. Hoick up your haggling pants and bag yourself some bargains.

Tree Of Life: Visitors have flocked to see this botanical miracle for hundreds of years. This mesquite tree has stood for 400 years, despite not having an obvious source of water. Some suggest that it is the original site of the Garden of Eden.

So, pack up your travel bag, top up your Gocash Travel Card to spend while sticking to your budget and keeping your financial details safe.

Last modified on Tuesday, 03 January 2017 06:43