Manama Travel Guide
Manama city roads, water and buildings © jdl_deleon
First mentioned in Islamic chronicles in the year 1345,
historical Manama is now the capital and largest city of Bahrain,
at the north-eastern tip of the Persian Gulf island state. There is
a strong colonial influence in the area, with Portuguese occupation
in 1521 followed by Persian dominance in 1602. This lovely city is
a great base from which to enjoy the stunning beaches, buildings
and sites in the area.
The economy of Manama was traditionally based on pearling, fishing, boat building and trade, displays of which can now be seen in local museums. In 1932 the discovery of petroleum boosted the city's economy, which has recently diversified into tourism and retail. Declared a free port in 1958, the facilities of the Mînâ Salmân port, in the al-Qulayah Inlet, have also aided economic growth and provided more access to tourists.
Open-minded and tolerant of other cultures, Manama is visited by a large number of foreigners each year. These visitors can enjoy a vast array of attractions, from souks (markets) and shopping malls to forts and pearl museums, as well as the friendly nature of the locals. There is also an active nightlife with many popular restaurants, bars and clubs to choose from, making this a splendid vacation destination.
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