Manama

Travel Guide
Manama showing a city, a bay or harbor and night scenes

Complementing the Persian Gulf’s more commercial cities, Manama has an engagingly authentic Middle Eastern feel. Between massive, air-conditioned shopping malls and eye-catching skyscrapers, find hints of the city’s heritage. Shop the famous Manama Souq, spend an afternoon in the world-class Bahrain National Museum and watch a live performance at the Bahrain National Theater, all of which celebrate and preserve the past.

Visit Manama’s characterful neighborhoods of Manama Center, Al Hoora and Juffair. Discover historic mosques in Manama Center, including Jai Shri Krishna Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in the Gulf region, and the Yateem Mosque, which houses an elaborately carved mihrab indicating the direction of Mecca.

Dine and dance in Al Hoora, recognized as the entertainment and nightlife capital of the city, with numerous hotels, restaurants and both Arabic and Western-style nightclubs along Exhibitions Avenue. Nearby, learn about Bahrain culture at the Beit Al Quran, with one of the world’s most esteemed collections of Islamic manuscripts and art, and browse the rotating exhibitions at La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art. Al Hoora is also home to the expansive Gosi Shopping Complex.

The Juffair neighborhood has a lively feel, with many expats and young professionals making their homes here. While you’re in the area, don’t miss the impressive Al Fateh Mosque, the international restaurants lining Al Shabab Avenue and the popular Juffair Mall.

Venture out from Manama Center to visit the Manama Souq, with labyrinthian alleys lined with vendors selling everything from shisha pipes to electronics. At the Manama Craft Centre, shop for traditional Bahraini crafts and watch artisans at work.

Feel a comfortable blend of old and new culture throughout Manama, from ancient bazaars to flashy shopping centers. Several styles of accommodations are available throughout the city, including high-rise hotels centrally located downtown and upscale beach resorts nearby. Drive or travel by taxi from Bahrain International Airport to Manama Center in about 15 minutes.

Where to stay in Manama

Oasis Center Juffair

Juffair

4/5(250 area reviews)

Juffair is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Oasis Mall and Al Fateh Grand Mosque while you're in town.

Juffair
Bab Al Bahrain which includes street scenes and markets

Manama Center

4/5(33 area reviews)

Manama Center is noteworthy for its shopping, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Manama Souq and Bab Al Bahrain.

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Seef

4.5/5(70 area reviews)

Seef is popular for its ample dining options, and you might make a stop by Seef Mall, a top place to visit in the area.

Seef
Manama which includes food

Qudaibiya

4.5/5(3 area reviews)