The Wonders of Manama, Bahrain part 2
Lists are inadequate as they cannot possibly hold all the wonders located in the city of Manama. There is just s much to see and do in that city that it is impossible to place them on a list. We also know that tourist tastes are quite broad and tourists do not always hold or enjoy similar sites as other tourists. In this section we will mention some other places a visitor can go if history or museums, etc. are not their thing.
The first exciting offering to visitors not mentioned in the above list has to be shopping. Tourists love to shop in other countries and Manama offers those shop till we drop enthusiasts a host of malls they can visit to get their precious souvenirs. These malls are the Seef , the Bahrain, the Dana, the Moda, the Yateem Center, the Bahrain City Center and the A A’ali Shopping complex. All of these malls and centers contain what every shopper needs—lot s of stores to spend the day wandering through. The variety of stores is limitless.
Time to eat
The next activity that is always on any tourist’s list is eating. Manama boasts some of the finest restaurants in the world and they provide an excellent variety of ethnic and international food. From European to Chinese to American and Polynesian, there is something to eat for everybody in this wonderful city. Even vegetarians and vegans can find a good place to eat in Manama and not have to worry about shopping for their own food.
If shopping in malls is not your idea of fun or you think you can do that any old time back home then Manama offers some alternatives. Located in the Bani Jamra village the textile companies still operate with hand looms which have over 2300 threads extending outwards 30 meters attached to them. These works of art are a temptation to any tourist.
Arts & Crafts
Then after you have shopped at the textile center, a person can go over to the Craft Center, an area run by women who have exquisite offerings to sell the most thrifty tourist. Their products range from jewelry to wood, iron and paper products as well as many varieties of crocheted and embroidered crafts.
But that is not the only craft center in Manama. Located in Al Jasra the Al Jasra Handicraft Centers provides the tourist with traditional craft making processes. This center focuses more on weaving, pottery and cloth making.
Finally for the craft minded tourist, there is the A’ali Pottery workshop. Pottery is made here the traditional way using ancient kilns to perfect their product. This method of pottery making has been passed down from one generation to the next.
But this is not all that Manama has to offer the people of the world that come to this city. If the tourist likes water related activities, then Manama has that as well. There are excursions for tourists to go on that will take them dolphin and manatee watching. You can catch these excursions at the local Yacht Club or you can watch the local fisherman ply their trade in traditional boats throughout the gulf waters.
If you want to stay on dry land and are not ready to hit the malls, then Manama is a great place to bird watch. Just a 20 km. boat ride, starting at 10 a.m. each day, the avid bird watcher can gout and add to their lists. There is a host of native and migratory birds just waiting to be spotted by those who count bird watching as their hobby.
Then if bird watching is not your idea of an exciting time then maybe the International circuit may appeal to your sense of entertainment. A $150 million construction project completed in 18 months provided Bahrain with an award winning racing center. With 5 different tracks, The center can host a number f different international competitions. Then with the added night lights, night racing has become a part of the center’s attractions. This is a place to go for most tourists.
A Final Word
Manama hosts up to 2 million tourists a year so it is not one of the world’s best kept secrets. It is a center for tourism and as you can see the city has a lot to offer its visitors from around the world. Its historical foundations give any history buff enough to see to fill their vacation time. From ancient remains to medieval forts to mosques from the Middle Ages, the history buff will not be disappointed.
Then if history is not enough to interest to visit Manama then its unique shopping adventures and restaurant variety may catch your eye. Manama, the capital of Bahrain really has something for the most ardent tourist and provides them the opportunity to create their own unique get-a-way.
A visitor can even craft their holiday to explore the main religions of the Manama while not giving up any of their favorite alcoholic beverages. Drinking alcohol is not illegal in the capital of Bahrain, which is one reason it draws so many visitors from its Arab nation neighbors.
Manama, the capital of Bahrain, evens offer the tourist a chance to beneath the warm waters of the gulf as scuba diving is a favorite activity in this city. The wonders of Manama do not cease and we have not covered all that this great city has to offer. A visit here is a visit of a life time.
© 2019 David Thiessen