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Manama’s name means ‘sleeping place’ but you wouldn’t know it from the plethora of lively night spots that the city has to offer. Manama was named the Arab City of Culture not long ago and any Manama city guide will tell you that there are many beautiful art centres to be found in this shining metropolis. It’s also known for its extensive and eclectic National Museum. The main place to find restaurants in Manama is the Adliya area, where there really is every type of food on offer at a very high quality. If you want to try some traditional Bahraini food shopping visit the Manama Souq.
A visit to Bahrain National Museum is known as one of top things to do in Manama for tourists.The Al-Fatih Mosque is a breath-taking place to visit. This immense, lovingly crafted building was made on reclaimed land and is actually the largest building in the country. A tour around the mosque is a good introduction to Islamic culture. If you want to get a feel for the city's swarming centre, the Bab al-Bahrain or ‘Gateway to Bahrain’, is a good place to start. One of the key Manama events that it’s really worth visiting for is the International Book Fair that is usually organised for the end of March or early April. The Bahrain International Music Festival is also held in Manama in the National Theatre, usually in late September or October, and has really boomed since Manama was named city of culture. To check out Manama’s artistic scene, visit the La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art, which is an enchanting exhibition space with lots on offer in its large complex. The National Theatre of Bahrain, next to the National Museum, will also be of interest to art and culture lovers.
Transport to Manama is fairly simple; Bahrain International Airport is the only airport in Bahrain and it is to the east of Manama in Muharraq. A taxi can be hired from the airport to Manama, but it’s a good idea to check that you are being metered or decide on a price first. Transport in Manama itself is also largely done by taxi, although there are public buses on offer if you can master the timetables. Many tourists take Manama transport into their own hands by renting a car.