|Resorts & Excursions
Bahrain is an archipelago of 33 islands offering a blend of
ancient and modern. Modern skyscrapers share the landscape with
majestic mosques, embodiments of Islamic art, culture and architecture.
Manama, Bahrain's capital, is modern, dominated by a Manhattan-style
skyline. The souk lies in the centre of the old town, near the
archway of Bab al-Bahrain and, although much of the surrounding
area is modern, the street layout and division of occupations
still follow traditional lines: the gold souk, for example,
is to be found to the southeast of the market area and is particularly
impressive during the hours of darkness.
Much land, including the diplomatic area, has been reclaimed
from the sea. The ancient city capital of Bilad al-Qadim, which
dates from AD900, is just outside the new city