Cheap Flights to Bahrain
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Flights to Bahrain
Bahrain, officially the Kingdom of Bahrain, is a Middle Eastern archipelago (with Bahrain Island) located near the western shores of the Persian Gulf. Saudi Arabia lies to the west of the country and is connected to Bahrain by the King Fahd Causeway while Iran lies 200 kilometres (124 miles) to the north across the Persian Gulf. The peninsula of Qatar is to the southeast across the Gulf of Bahrain. Its capital and largest city is Manama. Bahrain is known for its social liberalism among the Muslim countries of the region, making it popular with travellers for its less strict application of Islamic law upon its non-Muslim minority. Like most of its neighbours, it has a heavily petroleum-based economy, but has a more laidback culture that formed a cosmopolitan middle class that is not found in its neighbouring countries.
What to see & do
There are numerous tourist and historical sites and attractions that one can visit in Bahrain. The most popular one is the Bahrain National Museum, which provides a comprehensive introduction to the country’s sights, history, and culture – not to mention, it is housed in a post-modern building with stunning landscapes and architecture. It also exhibits archaeological finds from ancient Dilmun; a section on contemporary Bahraini culture; and has a wildlife hall, as well as numerous gallery spaces used for contemporary exhibitions of art and sculpture. Other places of interest include the Qala'at al-Bahrain (Bahrain Fort); the Tree of Life, which is located right in the middle of the desert amidst the oil wells and other infrastructure of the petroleum industry; extensive prehistoric burial grounds such as A'ali (the world’s biggest prehistoric cemetery); famous houses like Al Jasra House, an excellent example of Bahraini architecture; and several others in Muharraq that are being included in the Pearling Trail, a recently approved UNESCO World Heritage Site.
How to get around Bahrain
There are three ways to get around Bahrain. One is by metered taxi. However, there are taxis that have missing, covered, broken, or unused meters. If this is the case, you should get out and find another one with a properly working meter, or at least one where you can negotiate a price first – the latter is technically not allowed but is practised. Be wary of taking taxis, especially if you’re coming from the airport. Another way is by public buses, which run to many parts of Bahrain. Fares are cheap, but expect hot and crowded conditions when taking the bus. Lastly, renting a car is most recommended if you’re planning to visit several sites.
How to get there
Bahrain International Airport, located in Muharraq just east of Manama, offers plenty of connections throughout the region and London. It also serves as the main base for Gulf Air. Eastern Saudi Arabian residents opt to fly out via Bahrain through Gulf Air’s shuttle services to Khobar and Dammam. Low-cost carriers such as Air Arabia, Rotana Jet, and flydubai offer flights from destinations in the United Arab Emirates like Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Other ways to get in are by bus (via Saudi-Bahraini Transport Company) and by car (via the 26-kilometre King Fahd Causeway that links Bahrain and Saudi Arabia). Before, there are Valfajre-8 ferry services to and from Iran, but had long since been cancelled.
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