Travel Tips For Visiting Muharraq Bahrain

Muharraq Island is a small island belonging to the country of Bahrain, part of an archipelago in the Persian Gulf. Bahrain International Airport and the city of Muharraq are located on the island. Visitors can drive the Shaikh Hamad Causeway or the Shaikh Isa bin Salman Causeway connecting Muharraq Island to mainland Bahrain for additional recreational activities. There are opportunities to explore the nearby Amwaj Islands, and tour the city of Manama (Bahrain’s capital). Arabic is the official language, but English is also spoken, particularly in the business districts.

Muharraq provides a rewarding sightseeing experience for travelers. Historic buildings such as Arad Fort and the restored Siyadi Mosque are fine examples of the island’s architecture. Near Bahrain International Airport, Arad Fort is situated in the village of Arad and dates back to the 15th century. This impressive archeological landmark is dramatically lit at night, emphasizing the massive structure.

Visitors can peruse the Muharraq souq or marketplace, where a variety of items are sold. The souq has a number of antique shops and sweet shops selling the traditional candy called halwa.

For generations, the people of Muharraq gathered pearls from the waters of this region and a development is underway for visitors to learn more about the area’s once vital pearl industry. A section of South Muharraq’s shoreline and waterfront buildings are being restored for a recreation of this ancient way of life.

Accommodations on the island offer elegance in serene, leisurely paced settings. The Elite Resort and Spa will pamper the guest with its luxurious amenities and friendly, helpful service. Located 5 minutes from the airport, the hotel has a Jacuzzi, tennis courts, health spa, two swimming pools, restaurant, and the suites and apartments all have sea views.
Located across from the Bahrain International Airport, the Moevenpick Hotel is a short drive from Manama. Deluxe amenities include an infinity pool, views of the lagoon, business center, tennis courts, restaurant, and 24-hour room service.

The warm, sunny climate is perfect for relaxing at the pool in a tranquil atmosphere, or walking through historic sections to experience ancient history. Muharraq is ideally located, so that visitors can sample a wide section of Bahrain’s treasures.