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Al Fateh Mosque
The mosque is the largest place of worship in Bahrain. It is located next to the King Faisal Highway in Juffair, which is a suburban neighborhood of Manama. The huge dome built on top of the Al-Fateh Mosque is constructed entirely of fibreglass. Weighing over 60 Megagrams (tonne), the dome is currently the world’s largest fibreglass dome. The marble used in the floors is Italian and the chandelier is from Austria. The doors are made of teak wood from India. Throughout the mosque are calligraphy writings in a very old type of style called Bahrain.

The library of Ahmed Al-Fateh Islamic Center has around 7,000 books, some as old as 100 years or more. These include copies of the books of the teachings of Prophet Muhammad or what is referred to as the books of Hadith, the Global Arabic Encyclopedia, the Encyclopedia of Islamic Jurisprudence, Al-Azhar journals which have been printed more than a hundred years ago, as well as numerous periodicals and magazines.

Besides being a place of worship, the mosque is one of the premier tourist attractions in Bahrain. It is open from 9am to 4pm and tours are conducted in a variety of languages including English, French, Filipino, Russian and many other languages, special arrangements are encouraged for smooth sailing. The mosque is closed to visitors and tourists on all Fridays.

Bab Al-Bahrain
Bab Al-Bahrain is located at the entrance to the Manama Souk. It was built in 1949 and included government offices at the time. Bab al-Bahrain was overlooking the sea and was subjected to great changes over time, but the Ministry of Culture adopted this facade of civilization and was able to restore the first Bab al-Bahrain, it was, and became the tourism sector to carry out its ministerial work at the site of the door itself, and receive visitors Through an information center.
From behind Bahrain’s façade, Manama’s landscape looks very alive with the old Manama Souk, one of the oldest markets in the Kingdom of Bahrain, where many shops and products sell popular and modern goods, offering a different shopping experience among a range of textiles, spices and incense. Perfumes, souvenirs, popular and handicrafts and other parts of the world, as well as a range of popular cafes.

Beit Al Quran
Housed in a building spectacularly engraved with Arabic script, Beit al Quran (House of Quran) showcases a fascinating collection of Quranic manuscripts as well as a library of over 50,000 books written in Arabic, English, and French that center mostly on Islam. Manuscripts dating back to the 7thcentury as well as Qurans written on parchment, rice, peas, and grains are among the impressive collection. It is claimed to be the only institute in the world devoted to the Quran.
The building also houses a mosque, an auditorium, a madrasa (religious school), a museum, and hosts a variety of art exhibitions

Qal’at Al-Bahrain
Qal’at al-Bahrain is a typical tell – an artificial mound created by many successive layers of human occupation. The strata of the 300 × 600 m tell testify to continuous human presence from about 2300 BC to the 16th century AD. About 25% of the site has been excavated, revealing structures of different types: residential, public, commercial, religious and military. They testify to the importance of the site, a trading port, over the centuries. On the top of the 12 m mound there is the impressive Portuguese fort, which gave the whole site its name, qal’a (fort). The site was the capital of the Dilmun, one of the most important ancient civilizations of the region. It contains the richest remains inventoried of this civilization, which was hitherto only known from written Sumerian references.

Qal’at Al-Bahrain Site Museum
Opened in February 2008, the Qala’at Al-Bahrain (Bahrain Fort) Site Museum seeks to maintain the ancient historic features of the site, as well as document the archaeological periods by preserving the artefacts discovered at the site.
The museum is located on the northern coast of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and is surrounded by a picturesque seascape and lush greenery that escaped urban encroachment.
The museum’s collection showcases five different historical periods which are arranged chronologically, each within its own separate gallery.
The three-dimensional design concept of Qala’at Al-Bahrain Site Museum covers two floors and reflects a strong continuation between its interior and exterior spaces. The design also allows its rear sea-facing façade to open a direct path from the heart of the village to the shoreline.
The museum also contains a main courtyard leading to a café which overlooks the coastline opposite the fort, as well as a lecture hall and gift shop.
Qala’at Al-Bahrain Site Museum is situated across from the historic Qala’at Al-Bahrain, one of the most important historic political and military forts in the GCC region. The fort is part of the Qala’at Al-Bahrain Site, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.

Sheikh Ebrahim Center
Built on the site of the Majlis of Sheikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, the center functions as a forum for dialogue between people in philosophy, literature, poetry, culture and the arts. It consists of several houses spread around Muharraq and one in Manama, all showcasing different aspects of Bahrain’s rich heritage.

The Bahrain National Museum
The Bahrain National Museum was officially inaugurated by the late Amir H.H. Shaikh Isa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa on 15 December 1988. It was considered one of the finest museums of its kind in the Gulf region. Today, the Bahrain National Museum is one of the island’s main cultural landmarks.
Conceived and designed by Krohn and Hartvig Rasmussen, the outstanding building is characterized by its white travertine marble facade and is centrally located on an artificial peninsula overlooking the island of Muharraq. The Museum is the repository of 6000 years of Bahrain’s history. The story of Bahrain comes to life in the Halls of Graves, Dilmun, Tylos and Islam, Customs and Traditions, Traditional Trades and Crafts, and Documents and Manuscripts.

The Bahrain National Theatre
The National Theatre of Bahrain, also known as the Bahrain National Amphitheatre, is a waterfront building complex situated in Manama next to the Bahrain National Museum and consists of a main 1001-seat auditorium and a smaller 150-seat flexible studio theatre. Opened on 12 November 2012, the theatre encompasses an area of 11,869 square meters (127,760 sq. ft.) making it the third largest theatre in the Middle East and is the first national theater in the Kingdom and one of its cultural icons.
It’s intricately woven ceiling is inspired by the ceilings of traditional Bahraini homes with crisscrossing aluminum strips that allow light and air through. Inside the auditorium’s modern and delicate curves contrast with its elm-covered walls to resemble pearling dhows. Its entire design draws heavily from the country’s sailing traditions, with a surrounding courtyard that stretches to sea’s edge, making the entire building look as if it is floating on water.