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A buzzing financial epicentre west of Qatar, Manama is the cosmopolitan capital of the island country of Bahrain. A cluster of glass and steel towers beside the glittering Persian Gulf, it offers endless commercial and cultural draws. From mega mall shopping and trendy fine dining, to highbrow entertainment and a happening nightlife. You can lose yourself trinket-hunting in a fragrant bazaar, gawp at palatial mosques, bliss out in a luxury spa, or delve through 6,000 years of Bahrain’s history.

Things to see

A glossy shopping haven with Arabic flair, Seef Mall is one of the city’s most popular. Home to both Western and Middle Eastern brand name stores, it offers everything from men and women’s fashion, to cosmetics, home ware and electronics. Along with numerous eateries, the mall also features a colourful indoor amusement park. The historical Bab Al Bahrain building is the main gateway the bustling narrow streets of Manama Souk, in the older part of town. A bargain hunter’s hunting ground, the overflowing bazaar is an unrelenting sensory overload of spices, textiles, jewellery, perfumes, one-of-a-kind finds and more. Detailing thousands of years of history, the Bahrain National Museum is a must-visit. Its modern halls exhibit a trove of artefacts and information, with a focus on archaeology, the ancient Dilmun civilization, manuscripts and Bahrain’s pre-industrial past. Al Fateh Mosque is one of the largest on Earth. Crowned with a grand dome and towering twin spires, visitors are invited to tour its lavish interior.

Hotels in Manama

Whether you want a glamorous waterside 5-star stay or a cheap and simple sleepover, there are hotels in Manama to suit every visitor. Much of the city’s accommodation is housed within gleaming high-rise buildings, which boast modern interiors and cityscape views. Many properties count swimming pools, gymnasiums, restaurants and business centres among their amenities, with some of the Ritzier digs boasting full-service spas. Rooms, suites and apartments are usually decked out in contemporary style and feature plenty of creature comforts, such as high speed internet access, satellite television, refrigerators, and tea and coffee makers.

Where to stay

Set beside the water with its shiny sky-scraping skyline, the fast-paced Central Business District is where you’ll find some of the best hotels in Manama. It’s also home to a buffet of top restaurants and some of the city’s best shopping hubs, including Moda Mall with its lux label boutiques and fine jewellery stores, and nearby Bab Al Bahrain. A suburban portion of the city, Juffair is not short of lures either. Home to plenty of accommodation options, its busy commercial artery Al Shabab Road offers numerous chain eateries and brand stores. Its attractions include the Al Fateh Mosque, and the Al Murjan Centre shopping mall.

How to get to Manama

Manama is served by Bahrain International Airport, which sits a few kilometres away from the Central Business District on the island of Muharraq. The main international gateway to Bahrain, it’s well connected to destinations in the Middle East and Asia, and serves several European cities too. Once you’ve landed and browsed the tempting duty-free, it’s less than 30 minutes’ drive to Manama’s centre in a taxi. It’s also possible to get to the city by bus. The Saudi Bahraini Transport Company operates services from Dammam, which make a stop at Khobar in Saudi Arabia, before continuing on to central Manama.