Deeply rooted in Islamic culture, the Al Fateh Grand Mosque in Al Manamah, Bahrain is one of the largest mosques in the entire world. Uniquely designed with its dome made of fiberglass, exquisite chandelier, and Italian marble walls and floors, the mosque is a picture-perfect and elegant sight. The rich Islamic traditions are manifested throughout the sacred halls, where calligraphy and geometrical shapes are skillfully used as decoration. It is so grand, 7,000 worshippers are able to fit within its rooms comfortably. It also consists of a library that houses thousands of ancient books including the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, the Global Arabic Encyclopedia, and the Encyclopedia of Islamic Jurisprudence. The Al Fateh Mosque attracts visitors from all over the world who marvel at its beauty and architecture. The mosque is one of the many reasons why Al Manamah is an interesting, yet exciting destination.
Al Manamah is the largest city and the capital of Bahrain. It is located in the north, eastern section of Bahrain. The lively city is filled with trendy shopping malls, enticing restaurants and bars, and thrilling attractions. Journey to the past and visit the Bahrain National Museum and learn about ancient traditions of Dilmun and gaze at the historic archeological artifacts. On the other hand, the Bahrain World Trade Center has a futuristic silhouette that glistens in the sun. Standing at 787 ft, you cannot fully grasp the amazing architecture of the exquisite site that provides panoramic views of the city and the Arabian Gulf.
Treasure your memories of Al Manamah with a souvenir from the Manamah Souq. Products such as fabric, shoes, spices, jewelry, rugs, and carpets are sold by local street vendors. The thick scent of spices and the excitement of busy shoppers fill the atmosphere and crowded markets. The chic shopping malls are also available for the everyday shopaholics who are excitingly ready to buy the latest fashions. By night the city transforms into a social scene. Clubs and bars are a great way to mix and mingle with local residents and tourists while dancing the night away to the latest hits.
A visit to Al Manamah would not be complete without tasting authentic Arabian delicacies. Aromas from delicious Arabian dishes such as samboosa, qoozi, machboos, falafel, and shawarma are pleasing and mouthwatering. Whether it is, Italian, Indian, Turkish, or Spanish cuisine, there is an endless supply of food that will satisfy your appetite. Along with a great meal, many of the restaurants offer enjoyable entertainment. It’s a thrill to watch live performances of singers and dancers while indulging in a delectable feast.
The climate of Al Manamah is typically hot and dry. In the months of May to early October temperatures average around 94°F and above. During the cold season of December to March temperatures average around a high of 74°F to a low of 58°F. However, within a year temperatures can soar to approximately 106°F and can be as low as 53°F.
Bahrain International Airport, located in the city of Muharraq, provides flights to Al Manamah and to cities in the Middle East as well as Europe, Asia, and Africa. The desert-like temperature makes commuting in the city relatively easy. Saptco Bus Company provides rides to Saudi cities such as Dammam, Riyadh, and Jeddah. Taxis are popular and are a less expensive means of transportation. Tourists can also rent a car as long as they have a valid driver’s license and passport.