MANAMA TRAVEL GUIDE
Shopping In Manama
The world-famous Gold Souq market in Manama is many people’s first association with shopping. This location is well-known for its exquisite jewelry, precious stones, and pearls. The merchandise is imported from numerous countries. Here, you can acquire the most pristine and exquisite Bahraini pearls at the best price. The local prices will satisfy even the most frugal tourists, as they are lower than in many European nations. For affluent consumers with high expectations, it is also possible to find suitable jewelry. The value of bargaining over price is an additional tempting opportunity.
Seef Mall, one of the largest retail malls in Bahrain, is located in Manama. This shopping and entertainment complex contains more than two hundred outlets where you may purchase both casual and formal attire. It is simple to mix strolls in the town with visits to eateries and cafes. Guests with children will want to spend multiple hours at Magic Island amusement park.
Bab al-Bahrain is the most interesting retail area in Manama. On its area is the renowned market with the same name. This is a true oriental draw for European tourists, where they may get wonderful national-style clothing, jewelry, and a multitude of lovely mementos. Travelers are particularly fond of the hand-painted clay plates, and women will be charmed by the selection of inexpensive jewelry and costume jewelry. Here you will find popular spices, traditional handkerchiefs, and presents.
The heart of the city Bahrain is among the city’s most popular retail districts. Its design is remarkably similar to that of European shopping malls. Within its walls are well-known brand stores, so fans of designer apparel and footwear will enjoy strolling through it. A quaint food court, flanked by gleaming storefronts, is an additional allure of the location.
Moda Mall – Bahrain World Trade Center is one of the trendiest shopping centers in Manama. It occupies a two-building complex of skyscrapers. This shopping mall is incredible. There is not enough time in a day to see all of its stores. In addition to boutiques selling traditional apparel and footwear, there are also food stalls selling popular spices and regional specialties. Large cosmetics boutiques specializing in all-natural items will certainly satisfy attractive women.
The store in Gold City specializes in selling jewelry. Similar to the Gold Souq bazaar, they sell exquisite pearl jewelry. Customers on a budget will be able to find gorgeous rings, while wealthier visitors can select from a variety of trendy necklaces and watches manufactured from precious metals.
There are a number of exquisite antique shops in the city. Asia Carpet & Antiques is among the most renowned. Many customers frequent this business. In pursuit of rare artifacts, while others are drawn to the abundance of hand-knotted carpets. Despite the fact that this store’s prices are fairly exorbitant, it is always packed with customers. It attracts numerous tourists as a museum.
The Al Raya Mall Shopping Center is among the other shopping destinations that will appeal to gourmet shoppers. On the building’s first level is a popular grocery selling national products and wonderful bread from local bakers. There are also a number of eateries serving Bahraini cuisine.
Shopping Malls In Bahrain
Al A’Ali Mall
Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Highway, Seef District, +973 1758 1000. Sa-F 10AM-10PM.
Within its air-conditioned confines, A’ali Mall has the appearance and feel of a typical open-air souk. A glass ceiling, boutiques with old-fashioned Arabic wooden doors, and souvenir carts all contribute to the mood. Top Designer stores may be found at outlet malls.
Bahrain City Centre
Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Highway, Seef District, +973 1717 7771, e-mail: [email protected]. Su-W 10AM-10PM.
Bahrain City Centre is Bahrain’s first and largest mixed-use complex, providing clients with the greatest retail, leisure, and entertainment experiences all under one roof. Bahrain City Centre has delivered a world-class retail environment as well as hundreds of other ‘firsts’ to the Kingdom, including the premiere of 150 of its approximately 350 internationally renowned brands. The outstanding entertainment offering at the Centre includes the region’s first indoor/outdoor temperature controlled 15,000 square metre Wahooo! Waterpark, Bahrain’s largest cinema complex Cineco 20, and Magic Planet, a family entertainment center for children and young people. Over 50 food court establishments have been set up to offer the most popular as well as unique selections from all over the world for food and beverage alternatives.
The Bahrain Mall
+973 1755 8100, fax: +973 17555569, e-mail:[email protected]. F-Th 10AM-10PM.
The Bahrain Mall is centrally located in Bahrain’s new shopping sector. This superb position is easily accessible from the main highway and from everywhere in the city. It contains over 120 multinational brands and speciality stores and spans 750,000 square feet.
Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Highway, Seef District, +973 17 558500, fax: +973-17 552581, e-mail: [email protected]. F-Th 10AM-10PM.
Discover a plethora of boutiques for your clothing, pampered lifestyle, and one-of-a-kind trends.
Moda Mall is situated on the ground level of the iconic Bahrain World Trade Center (BWTC), in the Diplomatic Area. Sa-Fri: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Moda Mall, the ultra-exclusive shopping complex on the bottom floor of the historic Bahrain Industry Trade Center (BWTC), with tenants that read like a who’s who of the fashion world. The mall houses 160 unique brand name shops, many of which were previously unavailable in the Kingdom of Bahrain, as well as several well-known worldwide ones.
Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Highway / Seef District, 17 58 11 11, fax: 17581888, e-mail: [email protected]. M-F 10AM-10PM, Sa Su 10AM-midnight.
Seef Mall, Bahrain’s first true mall, continues to dominate the retail sector and is the heart and soul of the Seef area, with its distinctive architecture and environment for the entire family to enjoy. Magic Island, the Middle East’s largest indoor amusement park, is conveniently located on the first level.
Manama Downtown, Diplomatice Area (To get to Yateem Centre, approach the Suq from Government Avenue, under Zamil Tower and follow the road in. Air Arabia on the corner announces that you have arrived at the Yateem Centre.), +973 1721 5615, fax: +973 1721 2969, e-mail:[email protected]. Mgt Off. Su-Th 9AM-1PM/2PM-5:30PM.
Bahrain’s First… Yateem Centre It pioneered the concept of a completely climate-controlled shopping center in Bahrain in 1981.
What to buy In Bahrain
On Bab Al Bahrain Street in Manama, there are more than a hundred stores selling gold and silver jewelry and ornaments. Small bottles of rosewater and copper goblets can be found in the same street’s antique shops. There is also Chinese pottery and Indian textiles. Perfumes, woven baskets, and regional fabrics are all available at the Central Market. If you opt to bring back a Bahrain pearl, one of the most valuable in the world, be sure to request an authentication certificate.
Prices in Manama, Bahrain
Bahrain is by no means a cheap travel destination, but it does not have to break the bank. Although there are no hostels, double rooms are available in inexpensive hotels. I slept at the Monroe Hotel and Suites for under £30 per night in a wonderful room with great wifi. The cheapest accommodation you may find starts at £15 for a very basic room. I didn’t have time to use the hotel’s pool, fitness center, or on-site restaurant. I highly recommend staying in the Al Hoora area, as there are numerous inexpensive eateries around and it is centrally located to many of the sites you will want to visit. Other regions may be slightly less expensive, but the cost of transportation to your desired location will be higher.
Groceries are inexpensive and can be purchased from tiny supermarkets within shopping malls or from the numerous little stores that line every street. My most costly lunch was 8BD in a nice restaurant, but I also had a burger and fries for 3BD and a takeaway shawarma for 0.3BD, all of which were wonderful and filling.