7 top reasons to hit the desert and visit Bahrain

Following in the wake of the recent announcement of Bahrain as one of the Middle East’s most popular destinations and, no doubt, taking advantage of new visa laws encouraging international tourists, the folks at  The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain have come up with seven reasons to visit the spectacular country.

Famous for its pearls and pearl beds since 2000 B.C., Bahrain was once the number one pearl supplier on Earth. Visitors can delve deep into the Arabian Gulf and experience pearl snorkelling – or for those seeking more of a thrill, pearl diving to discover metres of oyster beds, home to what has been prized as some of the best pearls in the world.

Stunning nature

Guests can visit one of the many islands that Bahrain boasts, soak in the sun, venture into the striking desert dunes or go island hopping. Reef Island prides itself in being an island of bliss in the heart of the city, located on the North shore of the capital Manama, whilst the Al Dar Island, reached easily by boat is a small island with a laid-back atmosphere and beaches, allowing visitors to unwind in serenity.

Formula One

Just a short drive from The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain is the Bahrain International Circuit, open all year round for families to take to the world famous track, which is home to 12 of the Bahrain Grand Prix. For motor racing fanatics, visit Bahrain in April for a chance to be a spectator at the Formula One.

A warm welcome

Home to over 50% expatriates from all over the world, Bahrain is a wonderful realm of multiculturalism that is complemented with welcoming locals. Tourists here will immediately feel the warmth of the local population who are some of the most accommodating in the Middle East.

Ancient heritage and  Architectural wonders

Bahrain was once home to the ancient Dilmun civilisation. At school, most of us read The Epic of Gilgamesh, the world’s very first poem recorded, around 2000 BC. Scholars believe that Bahrain (then Dilmun) is thought to be the place where Gilgamesh travelled to seek immortality. Bahrain has a world heritage fort that will take your breath away. If you love architecture, ancient civilisations and far-reaching views then Qal’at al-Bahrain, or Bahrain Fort, is the place for you. It’s right by the sea and there’s also a museum with everything they’ve found dating back to 2300BC.

Spectacular Shopping

Don’t miss out on the ‘Gold City’ in the capital Manama, an area abundant in diamonds, gold and Bahraini pearls – some of the world’s most exquisite jewellery. The colourful and bustling souk is full of gold jeweller, spices, woven baskets, textiles and of course, Bahraini pearls – the most sought-after in the world.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

Featuring an exclusive  beach, its own lagoon and a private island the The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain — located three kilometres from the city centre of Manama — is well placed to take advantage of all these attractions. But, If you just prefer to stay in an enjoy the hotel, there are also private tennis and squash courts, water sports,  paddle boarding — and 11 restaurants offering authentic and incredible cuisine and design from around the world.

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