Bahrain, a vibrant, modern Gulf country, has been able to strike a perfect balance between tradition and the 21st century. From its legendary beginnings as Dilmun, the land of immortality hailed in the Epic of Gilgamesh, to rumors that it was the fabled Garden of Eden, Bahrain has become renowned for many things. Among them are its pearls, its hospitality, its open-minded people and its enlightened leaders. Bahrain has entered the modern age with enthusiasm while retaining some of its old world mystique. As the place where oil was first discovered in the Middle East, Bahrain heralded the regional economic prosperity that has since followed. Today it is a financial centre, a tourist destination, an economic hub, a major port and home to a cosmopolitan mix of people.
Bahrain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Middle East with over two million tourists a year. Most of the visitors are from Arab states of the Persian Gulf but there are an increasing number of tourists from outside the region thanks to a growing awareness of the Kingdom’s rich heritage and its higher profile with regards to the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Lonely Planet describes Bahrain as an excellent introduction to the Gulf because of its authentic Arab heritage and reputation as relatively liberal and modern. The Kingdom combines authentic Arab culture, contemporary Gulf glitz and the archaeological legacy of five thousand years of civilization. The ancient civilization of Dilmun, which dominated trade between Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley Civilization, was centered in Bahrain. The inhabitants of Dilmun left behind settlements and temples and tens of thousands of burial mounds which dot the landscape. Dilmun prospered because it had fresh water, and it is this resource which has meant that Bahrain has long fought over by regional powers in a predominantly arid region. As a result, the island is home to many castles including the impressive Qalat Al Bahrain which was recently listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Bahrain National Museum has a wide-varied collection of artifacts from the Kingdom’s history dating back to the island’s first human inhabitation 9000 years ago. The government of Bahrain is encouraging tourism development and has participated partially in the capital of developments such as Durrat Al Bahrain while many gulf nationals have relatives in Bahrain or vice versa, regional tourism is also a significant source of income to Bahrain. The government continues to contribute into large-scale tourism projects such as the Bahrain International Circuit, the only Formula One track in the Middle East when it opened in 2004, and has awarded tenders for several tourist complexes across the Kingdom.
Bahrain is an Arabic word meaning “Two Seas” , referring to the island’s two sources of water, sweet water springs and salty water. The Kingdom is an archipelago of 40 islands - a number that is growing as new developments spring up across the Kingdom - placed midway between the Qatar peninsula and Saudi Arabia
Major Island Developments in Bahrain
Introducing the Kingdom to true waterfront living with its expansive waterfront promenade lined with cafes and restaurants, a landmark shopping destination and 5 star resort hotels. Welcome to a city filled with adventure, excitement, style, and serenity, welcome to Marassi Al Bahrain.
It is a $2.5 billion development which will form a man made island in the Arabian Gulf, connected to the city of Manama by two road bridges. When complete, the development will include business, retail and residential areas, all designed to create a coherent and integrated community.
It is the largest artificial island in Bahrain after the Amwaj Islands. The US$6 billion project will consist of a series of 15 large artificial islands, covering an area of over 20,000,000 m2 (220,000,000 sq ft) once completed in mid-2015. It will comprise six atolls, five fish-shaped islands and two crescent-shaped islands. Durrat Al Bahrain is a unique place where contrasting lifestyles complement each other. It’s an island and a city, it’s the desert and the sea, it’s a holiday and a home, it’s a place to be together, it’s escapism and adventure. It’s one world that offers you endless possibilities. It is a place like no other.
The US$ 1.3 billion Durrat Al Bahrain Marina is destined to become the first mixed use marina development of its kind and size in the Middle East. Covering an area of 600,000 square metres, and catering to nearly 4,000 households, this specially designed waterfront project will comprise villas, town houses and apartments, commercial space, recreational facilities, restaurants and cafes. The Marina will expected to accomodate up to 400 boats and yachts. The design of the development will provide residents with splendid views of the open sea and the adjacent golf course.
It is a unique master-planned city for the people of Bahrain offering a range of housing options and quality lifestyle for all strata of society. DIYAR AL MUHARRAQ offers a cohesive mix of residential and commercial properties with a strong line-up of projects aimed at creating a long term and sustainable township. Situated on the northern shores of Muharraq, its amenities include over 40 kilometres of waterfront, together with sandy beaches among the most extensive publicly accessible waterfront in the Kingdom - as well as all the elements one expects from a vibrant community, including schools, medical centers, parklands, sports facilities, and a wide selection of retail services including a shopping mall, showrooms, banks and hotels all supported by a high standard of infrastructure services.
Experience life the way it should be, at Amwaj Islands. A destination like no other. Six themed islands each offering a different living experience: Tala; Najmah; Asdaf; Murjan; Jood and Lulu. Perfectly balanced range of commercial, residential and leisure developments ensures plenty of open space. Modern and convenient services and facilities include supermarkets; pharmacies; hotels; restaurants; cafés; retail outlets; banks; schools, marina and communications company, with more under construction. Unmatched lifestyle and living experience in Bahrain. Amwaj Islands are the pioneers of waterside living in Bahrain, creating a perfectly balanced community development with individual beach villas / condominiums, providing a relaxing lifestyle for residents while still being conveniently located close to the bustling city of Manama. Amwaj Islands are the first to offer 100% freehold land ownership to expatriates living in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Its an Island of Bliss in the Heart of the City Located on Manama's northern shore, and minutes away from the new Bahrain Financial Harbour, Reef Island is ideally situated in the heart of Manama, the Gulf's, and one of the worlds, fastest growing financial centres. Reef Island offers its residents, and guests, all the convenience of easy access to a bustling cosmopolitan city complimented with the tranquility of a tropical island getaway. Conceived to be Bahrain's benchmark of luxury living, serenity and relaxation, Reef Island presents its discerning clientele with an exclusive living experience, on a purpose-built atoll and the kind of state-of-the-art amenities that they've come to expect. Embrace the tranquil splendour that is Reef Island and embrace life the way it should be lived.
The name Dilmunia is inspired by the ancient civilization of Dilmun, which is believed to be the original Garden of Eden. Dilmunia seeks to create a modern Garden of Eden where progressive society can prosper, while balancing the need for growth with the need for a healthy, sustainable ecology. Ithmaar Development Company worked with international master planners to conceive an island location that balances the needs of all its inhabitants. Business locations are balanced with residential and leisure spaces to create a considered and integrated whole. Dilmunia offers developers and investors with new business opportunities to develop world-class amenities, residential developments and lifestyle facilities designed to support holistic well-being. Situated in the heart of the Arabian Gulf, Dilmunia lies off the north-eastern coast of the Island of Muharraq, Bahrain. Its proximity to the Bahrain International Airport and easy accessibility to the King Fahd Causeway provides developers with a location well-connected to the prosperous GCC community at large, as well as internal transportation links to residential, commercial and industrial development zones.