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Muharraq is a famous tourist attraction running along the Muharraq Island in Bahrain. Muharraq island (formerly called Moharek) is the second largest island in the 33 archipelagos of Bahrain. It is a short drive from Manama; i.e. about 4km run from the capital city of Bahrain. It is Bahrain’s third largest city and was the capital of Bahrain till 1923. It has a strong historical and cultural heritage dating back to 3000 BCE. The prime economic activity is pearling, and Muharraq is also famous for its artwork and religiousness.
A prominent part of the Muharraq tourist showcase is the traditional Bahrain houses. The Sheikh Isa Bin Ali House is the most distinctive of the lot given its stunning display of plush ornate panels and carved doors tturning it into one of the most happening tourist places in Muharraq.
In 2012, certain portions of Muharraq Island were designated as the UNESCO World Heritage Site since it has a rich history associated with pearling. The UNESCO sites include a total of seventeen historic buildings, Abu Mahir Fort, and three offshore oyster beds making it a key Muharraq point of interest. One must visit the Siyadi House for a peek into the pearling cultural heritage of Muharraq. It is a traditional building which was owned by a pearl merchant.
Muharraq is located at a short distance of about 4km from Manama. So, a journey to Muharraq has to be routed through Manama, which in turn, is well-connected to the Bahrain International Airport and the King Fahd International Airport.
Manama is an important transport centre in the Gulf region, and the best way to reach here is- by flight. Muharraq via Manama is connected to all major destinations across Asia, Europe, US, Middle East, etc.
SABTCO's Bahrain Limo taxis links the airport and the city of Manama.
Taxis are the most dependable choice to connect with Muharraq and travel within the city too. Rental cars are another good option.
During the summers, the days are long, sweltering and it's hot and humid. In the winters, the climate is dry, windy but comfortable. The sky is clear mostly during the complete year. For a summer visit, the best months are April up to mid-May and then, mid-October to end of the November.
The rainy season is evident during January. To indulge in outdoor activities, the best time to visit Muharraq is from mid-November to mid-April. The last week of November is the best time to enjoy the outdoor activity pleasure.
During the summertime, plan a trip from April to mid-May and from mid-October up to November.
In Muharraq, there are many local events, giving you another reason to visit the city.
Spring of Culture is a packed art show where the visitors can enjoy dance, art, theatre, music and a host of cultural activities. The festival takes place between February to April every year.
Food is Culture is organised in January and is full of festive spirit shared by chefs, foodies, artists and experts forging a link with food, art and culture locally.
Bahrain Heritage Festival is an annual and globally reputed festival that reflects the country’s keen interest in preserving its rich heritage. Since its inception in 1992, the festival is an attempt to revive Bahrain’s heritage and culture and thus, protecting its memories. Here the tourists are greeted with fine craftsmen work, pottery, basket-weaving, handicrafts; traditional Bahraini music, pearl-related functions, such as pearling folk songs, showing traditional divers in action, and so forth.
Bahrain Summer Festival is a dazzling display of performing arts, folk music display and educative sessions about the heritage of music and art in the region plus pearling and fishing sessions.
The Bahrain Authority for culture and Antiquities organises National Day and Accession Day celebrations in December.
Don’t forget to pack travel insurance as well. It’ll cover for any mishaps you face on the trip, due to baggage or document loss, or even medical emergency.
There is plenty on the menu and your platter with a mix of Indian, Arabic and Turkish food.
There is Tabouleh, a salad dish prepared by soaking bulger in water and adding herbs and local vegetable and then, garnishing it with parsley and mint.
There is Hummus on fresh warm bread and the fresh and finely grilled Chicken Tikka.
The dessert bit is done with Hussein Mohd. Showaiter Sweets, the most popular Muharraqi sweet merchants. Have something sickly sweet and delicious.
Following are some of the prominent healthcare centres in Muharraq:
You can also contact your travel insurer for the list of networked hospitals and clinics. Networked hospitals may allow cashless treatment, which could be useful in case of emergency.
The official language in Bahrain is Arabic. It is mostly a mix of Classical Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic spoken in local dialects. Classic Arabic is the one in which Quran was written. Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is for the contemporary, everyday use. Further, there is a variety of Arabic Bahrani Arabic which is spoken in urban and rural areas both.
Bahrani speech in Muharraq is accented and consists of several dialects. Its unique features include the distinctive ‘ee’ sound in end of every question.
English is also widely spoken in Bahrain. There are newspapers in English, and it is the second compulsory language in schools. Then too, it is good to know the Arabic language simple phrases to appear tourism-ready and conversant together.
|Good morning||sabah alkhyr|
|My name is||aismi fi|
|Where is...?||ayn hu|
|Please||al raja fi|
|How much is this?||kam hdha fi|
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