Things to do

Things to do in Manama

Manama is a getaway for Arabs and expats residing in the 'alcohol banned' Arab countries. Tourists, particularly Saudis and residents of Saudi Arabia, come to Bahrain mainly for the nightlife.

  • Dolphin Watching,  +973 1770 0677. Take a boat trip and you can watch the dolphins and manatees playing in the warm Gulf waters, and see local fisherman head out in traditional wooden dhows to catch the prized local hammour - a type of grouper. Dolphin watch trips take place three times daily.BD6 for adults, BD3 for children under 12 years.
  • Scuba DivingBahrain Yacht Club & Al Bandar resort,  +973 17701201,+973 17 700 677.
  • Horse ridingSaar,  +973 17690926, +973 39566809. For anyone wanting riding lessons or an occasional hack, the Twin Palms Riding School and the Dilmun Club are good places to start.
  • Horse racing. Arabia is of course famous for its horses. The national racecourse at Al Sakhir hosts races every Friday from October to March. The grandstand holds up to 3,000 spectators and entry is free, although visitors should be reminded that betting is prohibited.
  • Pearl Diving. Bahrain is also famous for its pearls. Try your hand at pearl diving and maybe take home one of these natural gems of the sea.
  • Bird WatchingHawar Islands, Boats depart from Ad Dur Jetty,  +973 1729 0377. 10AM daily. The Kingdom and the Hawar Islands in particular, are a haven for native and migratory birds including flamingos, bulbuls, ospreys and sooty falcons. Any twitchers are strongly advised to take the 20 km boat trip to the Islands.
  • Ice Skating The only ring in town is located at the Fun-land centre along the Marina corniche.


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