Bahrain is defined by its relationship with water. Take the name of the country: the two seas “in Arabic, the approach is not too low on the island, but the water adjacent to their coasts. Therefore it is shallow, the water lapping the coast of Bahrain that people regularly “recover” the pieces of land, occupying the space between the sand bars, as if recovering the lost territories. The new Bahrain Financial Harbour in Manama is rising like Neptune as reclaimed land, buildings and proud, as the twin towers appear to be holding back the sea. Of course land reclamation in the Gulf has become the fashion. Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Doha and Muscat have ambitious projects involving a sea domesticated in a human landscape. Only Bahrain, however, can claim a truly integral connection between the two: the freshwater springs that bubble off the coast helped nearly 4000 years of colonization, the layers that are exposed in countries rich in sites archaeological around the island. The springs also encouraged the brightest of pearls – the trade in which he helped build early fortunes of the island.
Like an oyster, Bahrain’s rough exterior takes some surprisingly open, but worth the effort. From the excellent National Museum in Manama and Muharraq traditional houses of the burial mounds extraordinary Sar, there are many good places to visit. For more modern pearls, is the spectacular Bahrain World Trade Centre, King Fahd Causeway and the new project of islands in the far south. Presumably, the engineers have factor in the projected effects of global warming or sea can still have the last word.
Manama means “sleeping place”, but with a central, their last minute shopping, and lively bars and nightclubs, it is difficult to see when the city has the opportunity to sleep. Manama is a bird of the night and people gather on weekends for a nice dinner and a drink out of service. For those who prefer an early start to a long night, but the town is quite sleepy during the day, and it is unlikely that there will be more than one queue to the excellent National Museum of Bahrain.
One of the best nightlife in Bahrain. It plays a mix of world music, house, R & B, hip hop and Latin rhythms.
Serious clubbers night has to collect the detailed Bahrain Hotel and Restaurant Guide, which lists the bars and clubs. Live shows are listed in “Nitelife ‘of Bahrain this month, and in the papers is English.