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1. Visit Al Qaisariya Souq
Al Qaisariya Souq offers a wide range of items, from pearls to spices and tea, in its various shops. Founded by Sheikh Abdullah bin Ahmed during his rule from 1825 to 1842, the term “Qaysariyya” refers to a market established by a ruler. Al Qaisariya Souq, one of the oldest sections of Muharraq market, offers a diverse array of products, from pearls to spices and teas. The souq is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the “Pearling, Testimony to an Island Economy” Pearl Path.
2. Explore Shwaiter sweets factory and shop
Shwaiter sweets, a 150-year-old family-run business, is renowned for its colorful gelatinous desserts adorned with cashews and almonds. The place is a hit among both locals and tourists. You can also tour their factory across the street. The sweets are intensely sweet, best balanced with bitter Arabic coffee. They offer a range of other treats for those with a sweet tooth, and you’re encouraged to sample before purchasing.
Shaikh Hamad Avenue, Muharraq souq, Muharraq http://showaiter.com/
3. Discover traditional houses
Muharraq, once a hub for pearl merchants, showcases traditional houses that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage “Pearling Path.” Although the pearl industry declined in the 1930s due to oil discovery and competition from Japanese cultured pearls, the government has worked to preserve the area’s architectural heritage. These houses are best explored on foot. Additionally, three oyster farms off Bahrain’s northern coast are also part of this heritage trail.
4. Visit the house of Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa
The House of Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa is a remarkable structure that stands as the oldest building in Bahrain. Built in the 19th century for the royal family, the house showcases intricate architectural details, including beautifully carved wooden doors and ornate gypsum panels. One of its most fascinating features is the wind tower, an ancient form of air conditioning. If you find yourself overheated while exploring, simply stand below this tower to experience a refreshing, natural breeze. This house is not just a building; it’s a living testament to Bahrain’s rich history and architectural ingenuity.
762 Rd No 1045, Muharraq, Bahrain
5. Visit Kurar House
Founded in 2007, this center aims to preserve the intricate art of golden thread embroidery, a unique Bahraini craft. Elderly Bahraini women serve as mentors, passing down their skills to the younger generation. The art form is a collaborative effort, usually overseen by the company’s president, known as “Qutba,” along with two or three other women, called “Al-Dawakhil.” The building itself is a tribute to traditional Bahraini architecture, featuring a courtyard design and carved wooden windows. It offers a wonderful opportunity for visitors to interact with local women and gain insights into this cherished craft.
7J36+J94, Muharraq, Bahrain
6. Visit Siyadi House
The Siyadi House, or Bayt Siyadi, is a significant historical landmark located in Muharraq City, Bahrain. It’s part of a larger complex built for Abdullah bin Isa Siyadi, a prominent pearl merchant. The complex not only includes the Siyadi House but also features a mosque and a majlis, a traditional gathering space. This ensemble of buildings offers valuable insights into the region’s rich cultural and historical heritage.
7J47+43V, Rd No 633, Muharraq, Bahrain
7. Visit the house of Muhammad bin Faris
This museum is dedicated to the accomplishments of Mohammed bin Faris, a renowned Bahraini singer and musician who played a pivotal role in shaping Sawt music, a genre originating from the Arabian Gulf region. The museum is a reconstructed version of Faris’s original house and serves as a cultural hub. It features a music hall near the premises that frequently hosts musical evenings and folklore bands, keeping the Bahraini form of Sawt music alive and celebrated.
7J26+49C, Muharraq, Bahrain
8. See traditional exhibitions
The Busaad Art Gallery once the home of artist Ibrahim Mohamed Bou Saad, has been exquisitely restored and now showcases the artist’s vibrant and bold creations. The gallery also features a gift shop for visitors. Not far from here, on Airport Road near the Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait, you’ll find the former residence of award-winning artist Rashid Al-Arifi. This privately owned museum displays art that encapsulates the essence of the Dilmun era in an abstract form. The museum’s gift shop offers books, postcards, and jewelry featuring Al-Arifi’s art. Another noteworthy location is Maison Jamsheer, a traditional house-turned art gallery that hosts a variety of cultural events.
9. Explore historical castles
Bu Maher Castle, constructed in 1840, is rich in maritime and pearling heritage. Serving as the initial point on the historic Pearling Path, it was once a significant fishing port and a sea gateway. Visitors can take a boat from the Bahrain National Museum’s port to reach the castle’s visitor center. Another historical site is Arad Castle, built in the 15th century. Originally situated on a separate island, it is now connected to Muharraq. The castle is especially captivating after sunset when its Islamic-style architecture is illuminated. The site also hosts seasonal cultural festivals throughout the year, offering additional reasons to visit.
Maher Castle: 6JR7+GC7, Muharraq, Bahrain
10. Enjoy pastry at Al Tawah Pastries
Al Tawah Pastries is the go-to spot for pastry lovers in town, consistently drawing crowds for its diverse and delectable offerings. The restaurant serves an international array of pastries, featuring Italian, Gulf, and Levantine cuisines. From various types of pizza to cheese and thyme pastries, yellow cheese delights, sfiha, and spinach with cheese, the options are endless. For meat lovers, the restaurant offers meat and chicken “brides,” a type of stuffed pastry. Additionally, Al Tawah serves a variety of shawarmas, including meat and chicken options, making it a culinary hotspot for all tastes.
NEAR – K.F.C، SHOP – 117 ROAD – 503, Muharraq 205, Bahrain