Destination Information: Kingdom of Bahrain

by Kerwin McKenzie on November 13, 2016

Overview

In my quest to visit every country in the world, I did stop in Bahrain, but only made it to the airport as I was busty connecting to Dubai. I did get to fly the national carrier Gulf Air (GF) though. So of course I have to head back there at some point very soon, to this country that sits in the Arabian Gulf between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

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If you’d like to visit, I’ve compiled some facts to help you on your journey.

  • Time Zone: Arabic Standard Time (AST) GMT +3
  • – Currency: Bahrain Dinar.
  • – Language: Arabic and English.
  • – Visa and Health Information: As a U.S. citizen, you are required to have a visa either beforehand or on arrival. The on arrival visa is good for two weeks. You can apply at http://www.evisa.gov.bh/. Here is some additional information for U.S. Citizens. If you are not a U.S. citizen, use this link to check visa requirements.
  • – National Airline: Gulf Air (GF)
  • – Scheduled Service Airlines Serving Bahrain International Airport in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain (BAH): Air Arabia (G9), Air India Express (IX), AlMasria Universal Airlines (UJ), British Airways (BA), Cathay Pacific Airways (CX), Emirates (EK), Etihad Airways (EY), FlyDubai (FZ), FlyNas (XY), Gulf Air (GF), Egyptair (MS), Jazeera Airways (J9), Jet Airways (9W), KLM (KL), Kuwait Airways (KU), Lufthansa (LH), Oman Air (WY), Pakistan International Airlines (PK), Qatar Airways (QR), Royal Brunei (RB), Saudi Arabian Airlines (SV), SriLankan (UL) and Turkish Airlines (TK). Check here for airline schedules.
  • – Airfare Tip: If looking for a low fare, book at the Web sites for the low cost carriers as you’ll more than likely get the best value there. Try my partner SkyScanner.
  • – Airport To The City:  Looks like you have to take a shuttle or a taxi into the city. You can find additional information at http://www.bahrainairport.com/en/reach-us-anytime/to-and-from-airport.html.

Hotels

There are many amazing hotels to be found in Bahrain including the big chains such as Crowne Plaza, Radisson, Ritz-Carlton and the Sofitel to name a few. Start your hotel search by using the search box below from our partner TripAdvisor.

 








Things To Do in Bahrain

Bahrain is pretty big on tours. All of these can be arranged through the Tourist board. Here are the different types of yours they have:

  • – City Sightseeing
  • – Desert
  • – Night
  • – Ultimate Bahrain Full Day Tour
  • – Private VIP

You can find plenty of information at http://www.bahrain.com/en/vp/things-to-do/Pages/default.aspx.

The top ten things to see can be found at http://www.bahrain.com/en/vp/things-to-do/top-ten-sights/Pages/default.aspx. I’ve listed them below:

 

  1. Bahrain National Museum
  2. Tree of Life
  3. Bahrain’s Forts
  4. Bahrain’s Traditional Houses
  5. Bahrain’s Mosques
  6. Dilmun Burial Mounds
  7. Barbar Temple
  8. Bin Matar House
  9. Shaikh Ebrahim Bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa Centre for Culture and Research
  10. Bahrain National Theatre
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