Flights to Bahrain
The Kingdom of Bahrain, as it’s formerly known, is a small island nation in the Persian Gulf with Qatar to the south and Saudi Arabia to the west. Although Bahrain is predominantly a Muslim country, it is far less stringent with its rules than neighbouring countries and hence makes a good alternative to Saudi for an Arabian holiday.
Bahrain International Airport (airport code: BAH) is the country’s only international airport and is situated near the capital city, Manama. Flights to Bahrain from South Africa will require one or two connections and are offered with a variety of airlines. Choose from one stop flights to Bahrain with Etihad Airways via Abu Dhabi, Qatar Airways via Doha, Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa, Emirates via Dubai or South African Airways and Egyptair via Cairo. Two stop flights to Bahrain from Johannesburg are offered with Kenya Airways flying via Nairobi and Addis Ababa.
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The Tourist Attractions in The Bahrain:
As mentioned above, Bahrain is a good alternative to somewhere with Saudi Arabia for an Arabian holiday without too many sacrifices! Being a small country Bahrain does not have a limitless number of attractions, but there is plenty here to keep you occupied for a week or two depending on what you like doing!
Manama is the capital and largest city of Bahrain. You’ll find an interesting mix here of cosmopolitan with Islamic, reminding you that this is primarily a Muslim country. Mosques like Al Fateh Mosque certainly are not difficult to miss and their typical Muslim architectural styles are attractive to admire. On the other end of the scale is the famous Pearl Monument which has come to be the recognised image of Bahrain.
Whilst in Manama you should also visit the Bahrain National Museum and do some shopping. Bahrain is a reasonably priced country for shopping in so you might be able to find some bargains, particularly if you visit the Manama Souq. You’ll find just about every product you’ve ever thought of and more here!
Manama also has a vibrant nightlife and entertainment on offer too. Visit some of the bars and mock British pubs, or even the Hard Rock Café and rub shoulders with some of the Arabs who’ve come over to enjoy the life they can’t have in Saudi Arabia!
For such a small country, Bahrain has a surprising amount of history. Civilisations have been calling Bahrain home for over 5000 years though evidence of inhabitation actually goes back 9000 years. The most popular archaeological site is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Qal’at al-Bahrain now has a Portuguese fort standing here, though the mound on which it stands has been created through years and years of human occupation. For example, this was once the location of the capital city of the Dilmun civilisation.
In more recent years Bahrain has attracted attention as the location of one of the Formula 1 races. The Bahrain Grand Prix is held on the newly constructed Bahrain International Circuit and draws large number of visitors into the country.
When Should You Visit?:
Bahrain is known as being a relatively hot and humid country with summertime highs (in July) of 38C. During June and July Bahrain commonly suffers from dust storms brought over in the wind from Saudi. This and the heat and humidity mean that Bahrain is best visited in the spring or winter as the temperatures aren’t so high.