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5 Historic Bahraini Sites To Check Off Your Bucket List

Bahraini Sites Bucket List

Whether you were born here or you immigrated here, Bahrain is home for us all. And although in this pint-sized country, it may seem like there isn’t much to do for fun, we assure you that is not the case.

Bucket List Check!

Hence, this list of “Things to Check Off Your Bucket List in Bahrain”. Every week, our team will be curating some places, activities, or experiences for you to try in Bahrain. Here’s our bucket list of things to do in Bahrain: Historic Bahraini Sites. Head on over to these spots to soak in some history:

Ancient Burial Mounds

There are approximately 170,000 mounds between Hamad Town and A’ali, making it one of the world’s largest graveyards. It is a vivid reminder of Bahrain’s rich history. The burial mounds dating back to around 3000 BC, when there were only 30 million people on earth. This means they predate the Great Pyramid of Giza by five centuries. There are some impressive mounds around A’ali village, said to contain the remains of the Dilmunite royal families.

Tree of Life

In the Bahraini desert, the Tree of Life stands alone without any apparent water source. It is reckoned to be well over 100 years old, and maybe as old as 300. The tree is a species of mesquite that is able to survive long periods of drought without dehydrating. 

Arad Fort

One of the 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Bahrain, Arad Fort, is a 15th-century fort with distinctly Arabic architecture. It was thought to be the capital of the Dilmun civilization. Formerly guarding a separate island of its own, the fort and its surroundings have since been joined to Muharraq Island. In fact, tourists who come to Bahrain are often greeted by the fort due to its proximity to the Bahrain International Airport. As it’s near to the sea, you can enjoy a full day out visiting the fort and the Arad Fort Beach Park near it. Check out this historical fort HERE.

Sheikh Isa bin Ali House

This Muharraq icon is a wonderful example of Gulf architecture from the 19th century. It is the residence of Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, ruler of Bahrain between 1869 and 1932. This intricately decorated building, which is divided into four sections (the family wing, the sheikh’s wing, the guest wing, and the attendants’ wing), exhibits the restrained opulence of the royal families in the region prior to the discovery of oil.

Bait Al-Qur’an

The museum, founded in 1990, is dedicated to the Islamic holy book, the Qur’an, and displays rare manuscripts dating back to the eighth century. An auditorium in which leading Islamic scholars speak, as well as a library that contains books in Arabic, English, and French about Islam, make the museum a forum for Islamic thought. Of particular note is the central stained-glass dome.

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