Khalifa bin Salman
Our cruise discovers the Persian Gulf, as well as Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Destination Bahrain, or the "kingdom of the two seas", so-called because its territorial waters meet those of Saudi Arabia in the west and Qatar in the south. Bahrain is the smallest state in the Arabian Peninsula, formed by an archipelago of 33 islands connected by bridges and strips of sand.
From the port of call, a shore excursion to Manama, the attractive capital is a must; it is home, among others, to the Bahrain International Circuit, known as “Sakhir”. The city offers an impressive architectural tribute to modernity, while the magnificent temples bear witness to deep roots in ancient traditions like falcon hunting, which is found in other nomad customs. Here you can get lost in the mystical beauty of the massive Al Fateh Grand Mosque, adorned with sacred objects and materials from all over the world, and admire the Bahrain World Trade Center, an advanced experiment in environmental sustainability, which is fascinating, in an oil-economy country.
Not to be missed:
- The Bahrain National Museum, a panorama of local culture
- Qal'at al-Bahrain, the 16th century fortress built by the Portuguese
- The burial mounds in the village of A'Ali, dating from the Bronze Age