Dilmun days

Dear WAHO Family,

We are pleased to offer a variety of tailor- made tours, specially arranged for you by the experienced company Farhat International Tours & Travel. Depending on your arrival and departure days, we hope these tours will give ample opportunity to explore our island and learn more about our history and culture. Please note the price per person includes all transport, guides, refreshments and meals as indicated. Please note the Tour D ‘Bahrain Wildlife’ does not include a meal and is free of charge. We are also delighted to invite you to join us, free of charge, for the 2017 Bahrain National Arabian Horse Show on the afternoons of 14- 15 February. Please book your selected tours on the enclosed Conference Registration form.
If you have any queries or need clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Traditional Bahrain

Ahmed Al Fateh Grand Mosque: Set against the backdrop of palm trees and the sea, the Grand Mosque strikes a beautiful picture. With its exquisite Bahraini architecture, crowned by the world's largest fiberglass dome and blessed with tranquility reserved for the holiest of holy places. The Grand Mosque truly lives up to its name. Though non-Muslim visitors are welcome, it is important to dress modestly, cover your head (for women) and take your shoes off before entering.
Bahrain National Museum: Bahrain National Museum offers a comprehensive view of Bahrain's history and houses a wonderful collection of exhibits from contemporary Bahraini paintings, sculptures and ceramics to scenes depicting life in the Dilmun civilization more than 5,000 years ago. The most interesting part of the museum is "the walls" where a replica of an ancient burial mound dating to 2,800 BC is placed. The mound was taken from its original place and reinstalled in the museum.
Bahrain Fort: Thought to be once the centre of power for the ancient Dilmun civilisation, Qal'at al Bahrain (Bahrain Fort) has UNESCO World Heritage status. The Bahrain Fort occupies a strategic military position where the navigation movement could be watched. Excavations have revealed ancient soldiers' barracks, horse stables, an ammunition depot, a secret passageway, ceramic utensils and Islamic and Chinese currency coins.
Bahrain Fort Museum: Open to the public since 2008, the site museum display area consists of 5 exhibition halls organized around a massive Tell Wall. With 500 artefacts showcased, the long settlement history of the site is displayed evocatively with the unique backdrop of the wall, which recreates the different archaeological layers uncovered at the site. The seaside cafe of the museum offers a stunning view over the fort and the surrounding palm groves.

A- (9:00- 15:00)

A1- (13:30- 19:30)

Price per person: $ 91

 *denotes restroom facilities availability at the site
  • Drive to Al Fateh Grand Mosque
  • Visit Grand Mosque
  • Drive to Bahrain National Museum
  • Visit Bahrain National Museum
  • Drive to Bahrain Fort
  • Visit Bahrain Fort
  • Visit Fort Museum
  • Drive to Abd El Wahab Restaurant
  • Lunch/Dinner at Abd El Wahab Restaurant (Lebanese cuisine)
  • Drive back to your hotel

Bahrain Wildlife

Al Areen Wild Life Park: This Wildlife Park and Reserve project was established in 1976 in order to preserve what remained of Arabian endangered wildlife. The Kingdom of Bahrain is considered a leader in recognizing the threats to wildlife. In establishing the Al Areen Wildlife Park and Reserve it serves to protect the rare animals and work for its reproduction in addition to being an educational center for wildlife. You can enjoy the sight of different animals, birds and desert plants in their own natural environment. One can take a walk around the park and get close to unique birds that wander freely and happily around you. A bus tour at the reserve takes you around to get to know all the different kinds of endangered animals such as the Arabian Leopard, the Ostrich, the Arabian Gazelle, the Oryx and many more.
Falcon Hospital: Establishing a specialized hospital in treating falcons became an urgent need after the growing demand on the falcons' clinic established in 1986. In 2005, the Public Commission for the Protection of Marine Resources, Environment and Wildlife with the support of Al Areen Holding Company established Al Areen Falcon Hospital, which is considered to be one of the first specialized hospitals in the treatment of falcons in the region. It offers the finest and best quality of health care for falcons in and outside the Kingdom of Bahrain. The interest in falcons' health comes from the importance of preserving the Arab heritage of falconry, being one of the most important cultural icons of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the region.
Royal Camel Farm: This privately owned Camel Farm is a must for people whose only contact with camels has been at a zoo or on television. It's an absolutely charming experience to be able to 'meet' and be up close to these gentle creatures. For those not aware, the camel is not known as the ship of the desert for nothing. For centuries this large, strong desert animal has helped man traverse the deserts of this region and North Africa . They are capable of going for days across great distances over hot, dry desert terrain with little food or water. They tread easily on soft sand where most vehicles would get struggle carrying people and heavy loads to places that have no otherwise navigable roads. The camel carries its own built-in food supply on its back in the form of a hump. The hump is a large lump of fat that provides energy if food is hard to find.

D- (09:00- 13:30)

D1- (14:00- 18:30)

Price per person: Free

 *denotes restroom facilities availability at the site
  • Drive to Royal Camel Farm
  • Visit Royal Camel Farm
  • Drive to Al Areen Wild Life Park
  • Visit Al Areen Wild Life Park
    (Refreshments are available at the Park's cafe.)
  • Visit Falcon Hospital
  • Drive back to your hotel

Desert Delights

Bahrain Military Museum: This Museum was opened by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to mark the 45th Anniversary of the Bahrain Defence Force, which occurred on February 5th, 2013. The minute you enter the museum you'll be taken by awe at the rich history that it displays. The museum is divided into five different sections (The Hall of Rulers, Forts Hall, Documents Hall, Horses Hall, and Old Weapons Hall). If you start with the Hall of Rulers, you'll go through the history of how Bahrain was conquered by Sh. Ahmed Al Fateh (Ahmed the Conqueror), and you'll find a map of the battles that took place at that time. All of the museums halls display progression of Bahrain's military throughout the island kingdom's history. The Horses Hall will be of extra interest to our WAHO visitors.
Sheikh Salman bin Ahmed Al-Fateh Fort: This fort commonly known as Riffa Fort due to its location in Riffa, is a historic landmark and stands witness to one of the most important junctures in Bahrain's history. Within its beautiful architecture lives the memory of the ruling family of Bahrain, the Al Khalifas. There is a small but beautifully conceived interactive gallery located at the Riffa Fort.
First Oil Well: Situated at the base of Bahrain's highest point the Jebel Dukhan, Well #1 was the first ever oil well in the southern part of the Gulf area. The well which was operated by The Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) first produced oil on 16 October 1932 at an initial rate of 9,500 bopd (barrels of oil per day). In 1970 the field peaked at 79,000 bopd, and after that it started to decline to around 32,000 bopd by 2009.
The Tree of Life:This tree is an approximately 400 year-old, 9.75 m (32 ft.) high Prosopis Cineraria tree. The tree stands on top of a 7.6 m (25 ft.) high sandy tell that formed around a 500-year-old fortress. The tree is a local tourist attraction, visited by approximately 50,000 tourists every year. It is believed to be the site for cults practicing ancient rites. Since October 2010, archaeologists have unearthed pottery and other artifacts in the vicinity of the tree, some of which may date back to the Dilmun civilisation.

E- (9:00- 15:00)

E1- (13:30- 19:30)

Price per person: $ 85

 *denotes restroom facilities availability at the site
  • Drive to the Bahrain Military Museum
  • Visit Bahrain Military Museum
  • Drive to Sh. Salman Bin Ahmed Al Fateh Fort
  • Visit Salman Bin Ahmed Al Fateh Fort
  • Drive to First Oil Well & Oil Museum
  • Visit First Oil Well & Oil Museum
  • Drive to Tree of Life
  • Visit Tree of Life
  • Drive to Al Abraj Restaurant
  • Lunch at Al Abraj Restaurant
    (Middle Eastern cuisine)
  • Drive back to your hotel

Bahrain Motorspot

Bahrain International Circuit: The Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) is an ultramodern motorsport facility that is located in the heart of the Sakhir desert. Designed by the renowned German engineer Hermann Tilke, the circuit incorporates many features of local culture into its design. BIC features five FIA certified track layouts, more than anywhere else in the world. This allows the circuit to host a range of motor racing events.
The 5.412-kilometre Grand Prix Track regularly hosts international races, including the Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, the FIA World Endurance Championship Six Hours of Bahrain, races in the GP2 Series and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Here guests will enjoy a 4x4 passenger ride in a Range Rover over a purpose built terrain and a tour of the magnificent circuit.

C-BAHRAIN MOTORSPORT

(9:30- 15:00)

Price per person: $ 139

 *denotes restroom facilities availability at the site
  • Drive to Bahrain International Circuit
  • Enjoy the 4X4 Passenger Ride
  • Guided Open tour of the Bahrain International Circuit
  • Visit the Welcome Center
  • Drive to Al Areen Palace Hotel
  • Lunch at Al Areen Palace Hotel
    (International cuisine)
  • Drive back to your hotel

Old Capital of Bahrain

Sheikh Isa Bin Ali House: Situated in Bahrain's second city, Muharraq, the house was constructed by Sheikh Hassan bin Abdulla bin Ahmed Al-Fateh and was used by Sheikh Isa bin Ali as his residence and the center of Government from 1869 to 1932.
Sheikh Ebrahim Center: Founded by Sheikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa in 2002, this cultural centre has its origins at the turn of the century when it was the site of a 'majlis' hosted by her grandfather, Sheikh Ebrahim Al Khalifa, who once invited thinkers, politicians, poets and writers to gather every Monday to discuss various issues of the day. Now, once again, Monday nights see artists and intellectuals gathered here for lectures and performances in a state-of-the art auditorium. The organisation has also restored several of the area's local houses that had fallen into disrepair and are now devoted to different aspects of Bahraini culture.
Abdullah Al Zayed House: Dedicated to the man behind Bahrain's first magazine, Al Bahrain (launched in 1934), this magnificently renovated house contains old copies of magazines, newspapers and some interesting correspondence. An annexe housing books and other documents features a spectacular triple-volume brass wall that glistens under a mod skylight - inspiring.
Kurar House: The focus of the prettiest house of the group - and our personal favourite - is the age-old craft of embroidering traditional thobes (traditional male garment) with gold thread. Downstairs, there's a leafy courtyard surrounded by rooms displaying handmade garments, while upstairs you can watch women wielding needle and thread.
Mohammed Bin Faris House: The Mohammed bin Faris Sut Music House was opened on 12 September 2005 as a museum commemorating the achievements of the Bahraini singer and musician Mohammed bin Faris. Mohammed bin Faris was a master of a type of music that originated in the region, the Sut. Through his own compositions and mastery of the art form, Mohammed bin Faris brought Sut music to new heights and gave it a particularly Bahraini form. The Mohammed bin Faris Sut Music House is a reconstruction of Mohammed bin Faris' house at site of the original building.
Arad Fort: Strategically located at a sea passage, the Arad fort is a typical example of Omani military architecture at the end of the 15th and early 16th centuries. This fort was once the site of fierce battles and underwent different construction phases. It is nicely illuminated at night and hosts seasonal festivals throughout the year.
Muharraq Souq: Smaller than Manama souq, the Muharraq souq features a wide range of merchandise and is known for its famous sweet shops. The oldest section of the souq, Al Qaisariya, offers a charming shopping experience. Suq al Qaisariya is an integral component of the "Pearling Trail; a testimony of an Island Economy"(UNESCO World Heritage Site).

B-OLD CAPITAL OF BAHRAIN

(9:00- 15:00)

Price per person: $ 85

 *denotes restroom facilities availability at the site
  • Drive to Sheikh Isa bin Ali House
  • Visit Sheikh Isa bin Ali House
  • Walk to Sheikh Ebrahim Center
  • Visit Sheikh Ebrahim Center
  • Walk to Abdullah Al Zayed House
  • Visit Abdullah Al Zayed House
  • Walk to Kurar House
  • Visit Kurar House
  • Drive to Mohammed bin Faris House
  • Visit Mohammed bin Faris House
  • Drive to Arad Fort
  • Visit Arad Fort
  • Drive to Muharraq Souq
  • Visit Muharraq Souq
  • Lunch at Saffron Restaurant
    (Authentic Bahraini cuisine, live cooking demonstration)
  • Drive back to your Hotel

Shopping in Bahrain

The Seef District has 3 main shopping malls, which can be easily accessed from your hotels The Ritz- Carlton and Swiss Belhotel.

Seef Mall: Seef Mall was the first of its size in Bahrain, which blends together various lifestyles, offering unique international brands. Located in one of the fastest growing residential and retail districts in the Kingdom, the Seef District, the mall is designed to cater to quality-conscious customer. There are 2 foodcourts and a variety of restaurants to dine-in. (10am- 11pm)

Al Aali Shopping Complex: Al Aali Shopping Complex, with its plush environs, sophisticated atmosphere and abundance of luxury labels, beckons the creme de la creme of the Kingdom's shoppers. This elegant space provides some unique labels present in the country. There is a foodcourt and a variety of restaurants to dine-in with outdoor restaurants alongside the mall.(10am- 10pm)

City Center Bahrain: City Centre Bahrain is the largest shopping, leisure and entertainment destination in Bahrain, attracting more than 13.5 million visitors annually. Spread across more than 158,000sqm of retail space, City Centre Bahrain offers an international mix of more than 340 exclusive brands including 60 dining outlets, with major stores. The mall's integrated family leisure offer includes Wahooo! Waterpark, the Middle East's first and largest indoor-outdoor waterpark, a 20-screen Cineco Cinema, and a Magic Planet. There is a foodcourt and a variety of restaurants to dine-in. (10am- 12am)

For more information you can visit: www.culture.gov.bh