The Bahrain Fort (Qala’at al-Bahrain) is situated on the north shore, about a five- or ten-minute drive from Manama. Although it has been renovated and is in excellent shape, it needs furniture, signs, and exhibits. The event is free to attend.
A museum, which opened in February 2008, is located adjacent to the fort and includes numerous items dating from the ancient Dilmun period to the Islamic era, many of which were discovered in the fort and nearby ruins. The museum is a huge white rectangular structure with no indication that it is a museum. Daily hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and admission is free.
The Tree of Life is a metaphor for life. Despite the fact that the trees thrive throughout Bahrain, this one is unique in that it is a 400-year-old tree that has withstood the severe desert environment. You’ll need a vehicle to get reach the tree since it’s off the beaten path and not on a public transportation route.
Take the Zallaq highway east, which becomes the Al-Muaskar highway, to reach the tree. After a while, you’ll notice a sign for the Tree of Life, indicating a right turn. (Despite the fact that the sign seems to suggest that you must turn into a dirt road that leads nowhere, do not do so; instead, wait until the next junction, which is several meters ahead.) There are no signs along this route, so keep an eye out for a junkyard on the right. Turn right just before you reach a hill with a 10-percent-slope warning. You’ll see indications of the Tree of Life again if you continue straight on this route (including roundabouts). The signs will lead you along a road that will ultimately be empty of these markers, but you will finally see the tree to your right in the distance (it is large and wide, not to be confused with other smaller trees along the way). In Gas Well # 371, it takes a dirt road. You can drive straight out of the tree, but remain on the vehicle-worn route, since turning it off may cause your car to get stuck in the softer sand.
Although it seems to be a tough job, the Tree of Life is worth seeing since it is so unusual. The tree is covered with graffiti, which you won’t see until you get close to it. Arrive just before sunset for a beautiful view of the tree and the surrounding desert.