Bahrain is a group of 33 islands off the coast of Saudi Arabia, in the Arabian Gulf.
Bahrain is rich in the history and cultural legacy of ancient civilisations and offers a fascinating blend of Eastern and Western cultures, as well as modern and ancient. The capital Manama is a bustling cosmopolitan which boasts world class restaurants, shopping centers, and tourist attractions.
Bahrain's climate is hot in summer and mild in winter. From November to April the weather is very pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 15 to 24 degrees centigrade. Arabic is the official language, but English is widely used by most businesses.
Located in the city of Manama, Bait Al-Qur’an or House of Qur’an was inaugurated in March 1990. It is a typical specialised museum consisting of several floors and characterised by most distinctive Islamic design. The Bait Al-Qur’an houses ancient manuscripts of the Holy Qur’an that have been collected from the Islamic world in general and from North Africa, Iran, India and China in particular.
The Bahrain International Circuit is a venue used for drag racing, GP2, and an annual Formula One Grand Prix. For the first time in 2006, there was a V8 Supercar race, named the Desert 400, and also a 24 Hour Race. The construction of the Bahrain circuit was a national objective for Sakhir, Bahrain, initiated by the Crown Prince, Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
Bahrain City Centre is the first and biggest mixed-use development in Bahrain offering the best shopping, leisure and entertainment experience to its customers under one roof. Strategically located on Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa Highway in the heart of Manama, Bahrain City Centre has introduced a world-class retail ambience and hundreds of other 'firsts' to the Kingdom including 150 of its over 350 internationally reputed brands making their debut in the country.
Situated at the junction of Al-Fateh Highway and Sheikh Hamad Bridge leading to Muharraq, the museum was officially opened in December 1988 to become one of the latest and largest museums in the Middle East. The Museum consists of several exhibition halls covering the history of Bahrain from the Stone Age, through ancient civilsations and up to the pre-oil period.
Dedicated in 1988, Al Fateh Grand Mosque is the largest edifice in Bahrain in terms of volume. With twin freestanding minarets soaring at 70 meters, the mosque has space for 7,000 worshippers.