Fort of Bahrain
Bahrain National Museum
The museum was inaugurated in 1988 by the late Emir Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa in a grand ceremony attended by His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister, and then Crown Prince His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
Central to life in Bahrain for centuries, pearl diving has to be the quintessentialBahraini experience. The beach resort of Al Dar Island offersregular pearl dives and cruises to Jarada Island where you might findyourself sunbathing on the spit of white sand and bobbing in its clearwaters all on your own. In addition to pearls, you can also get the chanceto see up to 30 types of coral and more than 200 species of fish. Dolphinwatching along the many surrounding coral reefs is another popularpastime and they are best spotted at sunrise or sunset.
A day excursion to the pearl reefs is a lot of fun. Take a dhow trip for aneven more authentic experience. You can order Arabic food and pearldiverswill regale you with their tales of the high-seas.
For the wildlife enthusiast, a 45-minute ferry ride from Al Dur Jetty to HawarIsland is a must. The Hawar Islands are renowned as a wildlife preserveof international significance and offer a pristine beach and a chance tospot dolphins and rare birds thanks to their position in the middle of theirmigratory path.
BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) is an ultramodern motorsport facility that is located in the heart of the Sakhir desert. Designed by the renowned German engineer Hermann Tilke, the circuit incorporates many features of local culture.
Costing approximately $150 million, the entire facility took less than 18 months to build – quite a feat considering the massive undertaking that was needed to develop the land.
BIC features five FIA certified track layouts, more than anywhere else in the world . This allows the circuit to host a range of motor racing events. The 5.412-kilometre Grand Prix Track regularly hosts international races, including the Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, the FIA World Endurance Championship Six Hours of Bahrain, races in the GP2 Series and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.