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10 of the best things to do in Bahrain; Hazel Plush; Wanderlust

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48 reasons to love Bahrain: from its Unesco world heritage sites to Manama’s souq; Katy Gillett; The National

The kingdom celebrates its 48th National Day today…

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My home town: A local’s guide to discovering Bahrain; Katy Gillett; National

While Weekend editor Katy Gillett isn’t Bahraini, she grew up on this tiny Gulf island and knows far more about it than the place she was born (Preston, England)…

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Manama’s revamped Water Garden and six other outdoor attractions in Bahrain worth visiting; Katy Gillett; The National

A redevelopment of the capital’s water park will be ready by May 2020…

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Discovering the old and new in Manama, Bahrain; Sophie Prideaux; The National

A thriving food scene and two Unesco World Heritage sites make Bahrain well worth a visit…

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Pearl of the Gulf; Rebecca Underwood; Chichester Observer

Bahrain – Qal’at al-Bahrain – Ancient Harbour and Capital of Dilmun

Rebecca Underwood finds out more about the beguiling Kingdom of Bahrain. Soaring above the clouds with Bahrain’s national carrier, my mother and I were cocooned in true comfort and style reclining in Gulf Air’s Falcon Gold seats.

We placed our dining order with the on-board chef and were enchanted with our first experience of Arabian hospitality, and in just over six hours we touched down in the captivating Kingdom of Bahrain. Known as the ‘pearl of the Gulf’, Bahrain was once the world’s leading supplier of natural pearls and is made up of a cluster of thirty-three islands located on the glittering waters of the Persian Gulf. Connected to the north east of Saudi Arabia by means of the 25 kilometre King Fahd Causeway, Bahrain offers visitors an intriguing glimpse into a colourful kaleidoscope of Arabian culture and history.

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Tiny, Warm Gulf Country; Anand & Madhura Katti; eGlobal Travel Media

Bahrain – Qal’at al-Bahrain – Ancient Harbour and Capital of Dilmun

Kingdom of Bahrain stands out as a friendly, cosmopolitan country with a long history. The ancient land of Bahrain has been known by many names since millennia. Maher Zayan, our local guide mentioned Dilmun, Awal and Tylos as popular among those.Our first visit in capital Manama was to the national museum, where professor Zayan, who had doubled up as a guide, was taking us back to a far off history in proudly introducing his homeland.

Bahrain National Museum on the shores between Manama and Muharraq is a good way to understand the roots of the country. Bahrain’s recorded history dates back to 5000 years. Sumerians of ancient Mesopotamia (now Iraq) had etched Epic of Gilgamesh in Dilmun alongside the tales of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

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Bahrain Protects Its Archaeological Heritage; Benjamin Plackett; Al-Fanar Media

Bahrain – Qal’at al-Bahrain – Ancient Harbour and Capital of Dilmun

This is a place where the new stares the ancient squarely in the face.

The Qal’at al-Bahrain—also known as the Fort of Bahrain—is a cavernous complex of ruins layered one on top of the other. Its cross-sections display some 4,000 years of the island’s history, from the early Dilmun civilization to the Islamic and modern periods. Various invaders, from the Portuguese to the Persians, have also left their traces.

The UNESCO-recognized site sits within walking distance of a large shopping mall and the glass towers of central Manama. It’s a perfect symbol of an ongoing tussle between archaeological heritage and infrastructural development across much of the Gulf.

In this contest, history usually takes second place.

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