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Culture

Bahrain Mosques: The splendor of Islamic design and decoration

May 21, 2019

For more than a thousand years, mosques have been places of worship for Muslims around the world. To this day, the beauty and rich history of these holy sites continue to inspire visitors. There are many beautiful Bahrain mosques. They are a testimony to the rich Islamic culture of the city. Architecture in some of these mosques will leave you spellbound. Let’s take a look at some of the most stunning Bahrain mosques that will take your breath away. You should visit these beautiful mosques during your visit to Bahrain.   Al Fateh Grand Mosque The Grand Mosque of Fateh is the largest place of worship and among the largest mosques in the world. The Grand Mosque of Fateh is also known as Al Fateh Islamic Centre and Al Fateh Mosque. The mosque is located next to the King Faisal Highway in Juffair, Manama. Al Fateh Grand Mosque was built under the patronage of the late Sheikh Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa in 1987 and was named Ahmed Al Fateh. The mosque covers 6,500 square meters and has the capacity to accommodate more than 7,000 worshippers at one time. The walls of the mosque are beautifully decorated with Kufic script. Also, it is crowned with the largest fibreglass dome in the world. Al Khamis Mosque Al-Khamis Mosque was built around 692 AD, one of the oldest Bahrain mosques and also in the Arab world. The identical double minarets in this ancient Islamic monument make it easy to identify and can be easily observed while driving along Sheikh Salman Road in Khamis. It dates back to the eleventh century and was rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries. During this reconstruction, the twin minarets were added. The Khamis Mosque was recently partially renovated. Siyadi Mosque Part of the Siyadi House complex, which belonged to a former 19th-century pearl merchant, is the oldest Siyadi mosque preserved in Muharraq and still used for daily prayer. Bait Al-Quran The House of Quran is located in a building that is beautifully engraved in Arabic script. Bait Al-Quran is one of the most beautiful Bahrain mosques. It displays an impressive collection of Quranic manuscripts as well as a library of more than 50,000 books written in Arabic, English and French, most of which focus on Islam. Manuscripts dating back to the seventh century as well as the Quran written on rice, peas, and grains are among the exquisite collections. He claims to be the only institute in the world devoted to the Quran. The building also houses a mosque, a showroom, a religious school and a museum and hosts a variety of art galleries. This delightful little mosque has been incorporated into Beit Al Quran compound and is open even in the absence of the museum. Often overlooked, contains one of the most unusual features you may see in a Bahraini mosque, a beautiful dome of stained-glass. Located above a mihrab (pointing to the direction of Mecca) decorated with blue tiles that evoke Islamic Persia. The tiles in the yard have a similar effect, just take you to Muslim Spain. Yateem Mosque Built-in 1992 by Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, this mosque can be easily identified by its unique minaret. But the real jewel is inside: framed by beautiful Kufic line, four columns carrying twin arches of an impressive mosque mihrab, which are sculpted elaborately in different geometrical patterns repeated, creating a stunning effect. It is considered as one of the best Bahrain Mosques. You can visit the mosque with respect outside prayer times. The mosque doesn’t hold Friday prayer. Sheikh Hussain Mosque There are many mosques in Bahrain, but this small mosque is one of the amazing Bahrain mosques. It is perfectly shaped with an extraordinary design, offers a modern look at the architecture of the ninth-century minaret tower in Samarra, Iraq, a city of great spiritual significance. The door of the beautifully carved wooden mosque is noteworthy. To know more about Bahrain: Pearl Diving: Experience Diving and Have a Precious Pearl Holidays in Bahrain: things to do on your next holiday Best Malls in Bahrain: Shopping in the Pearl of the Gulf

Pearl Diving: Experience Diving and Have a Precious Pearl

June 04, 2020

Travelers who dive into the heavenly blue waters of Bahrain can return home with more than memories of their time on the islands. Adventurous visitors can now participate in diving missions to find pearls and bring treasures they are lucky to find underwater. Pearl diving has been closed to tourists for 80 years but is being submitted again as part of a major drive to bring tourists to the Arabian Gulf. Bahrain has been recognized as the world's pearl capital and will become one of the few places where visitors can dive for precious gems.   Explore many of activities in Bahrain   Try diving in Bahrain   What is pearl diving? Pearl hunting is a pearl recovery activity of wild mollusks, usually oysters or mussels, in the sea or freshwater. Pearl hunting was widespread in the Persian Gulf and Japan, but also it occurred in other regions. In most cases, pearl-bearing mollusks live in depths that can not be accessed manually from the surface, and there is a need to dive or use some forms of tools to reach them. How deep do pearl divers go? In Asia, some pearl oysters can be found on shallow water at a depth of 5-7 feet from the surface, but divers often had to go 40 feet about 12 meters or even 125 feet deep to find enough pearl oysters. These deep dives were extremely dangerous to divers. How much is a real pearl worth? Pearl value can vary greatly depending on many factors, such as its type, size, color, surface quality, and much more. The wild pearl will be worth more than cultured pearls. However, on average, the pearl value ranges between $ 300 and $ 1500. Tools of Pearl Diving Definitely, you will need some essential equipment when you decided to go pearl diving. Although pearl hunting is a kind of diving into water (scuba diving), more equipment will be needed for pearling. Divers will need stone and iron weights, nose clips, oyster knives, leather finger protectors, oyster baskets and cotton diving suit. Pearl Diving in Bahrain Visitors to the Bahrain Kingdom are invited to the deep waters of the Gulf for diving and searching for natural pearls, where the history of the pearl hunting industry is restored to this day. By selecting a group of four diving sites, each containing an abundance of oysters, divers can collect up to 60 oysters from the seafloor in the Gulf. And if they are lucky enough, they can preserve the finest treasures of the island forever. Bahrain’s Best Pearl diving sites The Bahrain Pearling Track became the second Bahraini place to be included in UNESCO World Heritage List in 2012 after Bahrain Fort. In recognition of the importance of the Bahraini pearl heritage worldwide, it focuses on three local oysters and more than ten locations on the ground in Muharraq. Ras Rayyah, the northern tip of Muharraq is the starting point for all diving activities in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Visitors with a licensed permit can dive for two hours, and collect up to 60 oysters in one session. This license allows visitors to access diving sites such as Sayah, Amamah, Shataya, and Balata, located off the coast of Muharraq, north of Bahrain Island. The pass allows for government control of the ocean, ensuring the surveillance of diving trips and the number of oysters collected for sustainability. For beginner divers, Sayah, the site closest to the beach, is the most convenient, and visitors who do not have a full PADI license are welcome to dive into the shallow water. Bu Amama, Shtayaah, and Bulthama are deepwater sites located about 35 miles from the coast of Muharraq Island. Here, visitors must obtain a full PADI license and be fully equipped with scuba diving equipment. Whatever the preferences, whether they are beginners or advanced, there is a unique experience available to all through the official diving companies Delma Marine and Scuba Life. It is worth mentioning, Scuba Life Bahrain runs separate PADI courses for those looking for a qualification to the Bahrain Kingdom. Museum of Pearl Diving Besides going to pearl hunting, you can also enjoy visiting the Bahrain Pearl Diving Museum. Located in the Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs, as it is an important historical building in itself. The museum lists the history of pearl diving in Bahrain with different tools. As well as other artifacts from the history of maritime navigation in Bahrain. For more adventures: Horseback Riding: Best Horse Riding Tours around the world Mountaineering: Best Mountains to climb around the world Safari Jeep Tours Between the Wildlife and Spectacular Deserts Hot Air Balloon Activity: Journey to discover the world from above

Experience

Best Malls in Bahrain: Shopping in the Pearl of the Gulf

May 08, 2019

Shopping is one of the most leisure things to do, where you can stroll through the luxurious malls. Malls all over the world became a place where everyone can enjoy. Malls in Bahrain is where you can find everything you need. A wide range of international brands of fashion and jewellery are situated under one roof. Moreover, plenty of restaurants ranges from fast food outlets to fancy restaurants. Some malls offer its visitors entertainment areas such as parks, open areas and games area. Here is a list of the best malls in Bahrain where you can enjoy during your visit. Malls in Bahrain Seef Mall Seef Mall is one of the largest malls in Bahrain. Located in the Seef area of the capital city, Manama. It features 370 outlets with an area of almost 72,000 sqm. Seef Mall spreads on a total area of 135,000 sqm. In addition, it has 55 restaurants, food stalls and cafés. Seef Mall offers a family-oriented destination, besides many entertainment venues for every family. Magic Island Amusement Park within the mall is a major attraction on an area of 4300 sqm. Furthermore, the mall has one of the largest multiplexing films in the Middle East with a six-screen Cineplex and a 10-megaplex screen. Moreover, Seef Mall is popular among British expatriates as it houses many well-known brands in the UK, including Marks & Spencer, Laura Ashley, Clarks and BHS. British visitors will find this interesting, as BHS no longer has any stores in the UK. City Centre Bahrain The country's true mega-mall, City Centre Bahrain has something for everyone. If international brands have a presence in Bahrain, you'll definitely find them at City Centre Bahrain. Alongside these brand, you will also find a food court, Carrefour supermarket, cinema complex and a small hub for local designers. The shopping centre opened its door to the public in 2008 to be the largest in Bahrain. Since then, it has held the spot as the largest shopping, leisure and entertainment destination in Bahrain. Furthermore, It claims 340 retail outlets, including the first Carrefour Hypermarket in Bahrain, and 60 dining outlets. It also has Magic Planet is a family entertainment centre for kids and family. Wahoo! The waterpark is a climate-controlled indoor/outdoor water park. In addition, a 20-screen Cineco Cinema is spread across 8,000 sqm. This largest and one of the best malls in Bahrain is about 158,000 sqm. Moda Mall Moda Mall is one of the best Malls in Bahrain. Located at the Bahrain World Trade Center in Manama and boasts the largest range of luxury brands in the Kingdom of Bahrain under one roof. It has more than 80 fashion brands, more than 50 jewellery brands. Furthermore, it also has a wide range of restaurants such as fast food outlets and fine dining. Leading retailers dominate high-end shopping malls like Think De Beers, Louis Vuitton, and Dolce & Gabbana. The courts form beautiful glass domes within the commercial centre, allowing natural light to shine. In addition, Moda Mall includes a fitness centre, beauty salon, banks and a business centre. All of these features are distributed over an area of ​​approximately 16,500 sqm. The Avenues Bahrain Avenues is a waterfront shopping mall located along Bahrain Bay in Manama. It was built in 2017. Inspired by Avenues - Kuwait, one of the most luxurious shopping malls in Bahrain. It is also the first shopping and entertainment destination of its kind in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Although the mall is located on one floor only, it has about 40,000 sqm of lease space with 130 shops. Moreover, 50% of the commercial area will be reserved for restaurants and cafes overlooking the Gulf of Bahrain. The Avenues also includes a private playroom and 12 cinemas. In addition to parks, gardens and parking spaces for 1400 cars. Avenues Bahrain is set to receive a water taxi service to transport passengers to and from the building. Al Aali Mall Located in the business district of Seef, Al Ali Mall is established as an upscale shopping destination with its luxurious suburbs and a rich and sophisticated ambience. The 52,000 square meter complex maintains its commitment to tradition, exquisite dining and timeless luxury. This small mall next to Seef Mall has gone for high quality. Represents one of the best shopping malls in Bahrain. There is a replica of an old Gulf souk in Al Tawaweesh Market section, as well as brands such as Armani, Jimmy Shaw and Nouf, a shop front for the local designer of Noof Al Khor. Turkish sweets lovers should stop at Malatya Bazaar. Juffair Mall Established in the Juffair district of Manama, the Juffair Mall opened in 2015. After a while, the 120th Lulu store in the world has been opened at Juffair Mall. At the Mall, visitors can access shops, a spacious dining hall and cinemas spread across the five floors of the mall. Juffair Mall is one convenient destination for families, residents and tourists. This comfortable and real place is one of the best shopping malls in Bahrain. To discover more about Bahrain: Holidays in Bahrain: things to do on your next holiday Bahrain food: A Journey to taste the best Bahraini dishes Best value for money: the top 7 cheap hotels in Bahrain Bahraini adventure: Top places to visit in Bahrain

Hospitality

Best Ramadan Nights Tents in the Arabian Countries

May 06, 2019

Although during the day hours in Ramadan there are no restaurants or coffee shops working, life begins after the sunset. Ramadan is a very special occasion for Muslims. You can experience different traditions and celebrations of Ramadan Around the world. However, all Arabian countries commonly celebrate the holy month. Ramadan Nights tents spread over the luxurious and fancy hotels and restaurants, where you can have your delicious Iftar or Suhoor with your family and friends. Also, you can enjoy your meal with a background of traditional music. Check out this list of Ramadan's best Ramadan tents in Arabian countries.   Dubai Every year, Dubai hosts a number of amazing Ramadan nights tents. Hotels and restaurants save no expense when it comes to touring the city with the most luxurious places of Ramadan. In this unique work, which seems to be unique in Dubai, we end up with more choices than we may need. Iftar at The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC Ramadan Majlis In the celebration of the holy month of Ramadan, it was delighted to announce the return of the DIFC Ramadan Majlis, which is one of the spectacular Ramadan nights tents in Dubai. Also, it is a unique experience inspired by the immensely generous hospitality that is synonymous with Arab culture. Constellation Ballroom at Dubai Marina The traditional large Iftar buffet is luxurious and varied, offering a wide range of Arabic and international favourites. Celebrate the special month with the best traditional hospitality that celebrates the rich Arab heritage with a touch of modern elegance. A large Iftar buffet featuring traditional Arabic and international cuisine is served in this gorgeous Ramadan nights tent. Along with Iftar in the Constellation Hall, you can enjoy the ambience of the arabesque tent suitable for small groups. Al Falak Ballroom at Burj Al Arab One of the best Ramadan nights tents is the world-famous Al Falak Hall, inspired by the Viennese Opera House. It is transformed into a grand hall that wears Arabesque patterns in Ramadan. Guests can enjoy an Arabic Iftar buffet with various selection of local dishes. As well as a live Badri band, bringing an authentic Arabic Ramadan experience that will simply leave the guests in a state of awe. Bahrain If you will be in Bahrain during the month of Ramadan, then there is only one thing you should think about. Which of Bahrain’s many tents or restaurants you can head to for Iftar? You can focus on spending time with friends and family or enjoy your holiday rather than browsing the internet for options. Here is a list of the best Ramadan nights tents and Iftar choices in Bahrain, where you can enjoy the special Arabian culture. The Four Seasons Ramadan Tent The Four Seasons tent is one of the most famous Ramadan nights tents in the region. This Arabesque inspired tent will be located in the Bahrain Hall, where friends and families can gather for unforgettable Iftars and Ghabga outings. The tent features a numerous selection of traditional Bahraini cuisine as well as Lebanese, Moroccan, Indian, Turkish and international cuisine. Qasr Al Sultan Ramadan Tent Indulge in the beauty of Arab culture and the traditions of the Middle East. With cultural celebrations and live cooking stations that offer the best Arabic, Turkish and international cuisine and sweet dishes in Ramadan. Qasr Al Sultan tent is the culinary destination of all. A traditional Bahraini and Turkish section will be presented as a proud representation of local culture. Also, you can enjoy the mix of Arabic-Turkish music from a band in a relaxed atmosphere. Egypt Being in Egypt during Ramadan is such a magical experience, where all streets wear Ramadan decorations. Also, there are many luxurious Ramadan nights tents in many governorates such as Cairo, Alexandria, Sharm El-Sheikh and Luxor. Here are the best Ramadan tents in Cairo. Dusit Thani LakeView Enjoy an amazing Iftar and Suhoor outdoors tasting on the backdrop of an oriental Takht, a singer, and a DJ in a quiet, open-air setting overlooking the pool. There is a range of delicious flavours you can choose from, including Arabic dishes, live cooking stations, a grand selection of hot and cold mezze. In addition to Ramadan delicious drinks such as Tamr Hindi, karkadeh and Qamaruddin, sumptuous main meals and a wide range of Eastern desserts. Kempinski Nile Hotel A wonderful oriental menu for Iftar and Suhoor is served daily at The Roof. Enjoy your favourite Ramadan series on the big screen. While drinking your favourite Ramadan drinks and surrounded by the enchanting landscapes of the Nile. A selection of Ramadan Oriental desserts is available at the Chocolate Lounge. Sofitel El Gezirah Share Ramadan spiritual days and nights with your family and friends while savouring authentic specialities from the Middle East, including a wonderful selection of Oriental pastries in La Palmeraie. A delicious buffet is prepared for Ramadan. Head to Kebabgy to get traditional barbecue specialities with surrounding music and oriental Takht.

Traditions

Discover the Different Traditions of Ramadan Around the World

May 16, 2019

Ramadan is considered as the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. Muslims fast from dawn to dusk in Ramadan and engage in the spiritual reflection of God. It is one of the most easily identifiable aspects of religion. Fasting is the avoidance of food and drink. Ramadan fasting is a special part of the Islamic faith. Also, it is considered as one of its five pillars. It is a time when rewards for fasting and worship are bountiful. Ramadan around the world is much more than fasting. It is a holy month ingrained in faith, culture and history. Throughout the world, Muslims celebrate this unique and special time by amazing and marvellous celebrations of their region that have passed through generations. Here are some traditions and celebrations of Ramadan around the world. Traditions of Ramadan around the world Usually, the beginning of the month is greeted with greetings such as "Ramadan Mubarak!" One of the distinguishing features of the month of Ramadan is nightly prayer in the mosque called “Taraweeh”. Ramadan nights tents are increasingly common in five-star hotels that offer luxury and expensive meals from sunset to sunrise. People like to celebrate this holy month by being together in some of these tents eating and listening to traditional music. Another feature of Ramadan is the evening television programs. Each country display some series, that are made especially for Ramadan. There are different ways to celebrate Ramadan around the world. Indonesia Muslims throughout Indonesia perform various rites to "purify" themselves the day before Ramadan. Many areas in Central and Eastern Java. It retains a tradition of cleansing called padusan which means "bathing" in the Javanese dialect, where the Javanese drown in the springs and soak their bodies from head to toe. Padusan is a testimony to the synthesis of religion and culture in Indonesia. Springs have deep spiritual significance in the Javanese culture and are an integral part of cleansing for the holy month. The practice is believed to have been published by Wally Sungu, a group of exalted priests who were the first missionaries to transmit Islamic teachings via Java. For years, it has been common practice for local elders and religious leaders to choose and designate sacred springs for padusan. Nowadays, many go to nearby lakes and pools or purify themselves in their homes. Morocco During the month of Ramadan, Moroccan neighbourhoods roam the streets by the Nafar. A city crier, wearing a traditional scarlet, slippers and a hat, representing the beginning of the dawn with a melody. Chosen by the inhabitants of the city because of his sincerity and sympathy, walking in the street while blowing a horn to awaken them for Suhoor. This tradition, which spread throughout the Middle East to Morocco, dates back to the seventh century when one of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) walked in the streets at dawn to sing the Muslims prayers. When the music of Nafar swept through the city, it was met with gratitude, thanks and official compensation from the community on the last night of Ramadan. Turkey Since the days of the Ottoman Empire, fasting people have awakened during the month of Ramadan to the sound of the drum which strikes early on the suhoor. Despite the passage of time (especially the invention of the alarm clock), still, more than 2000 drum musicians roam the streets of Turkey, uniting the community during the holy month. The medallions are decorated in traditional Ottoman costumes, including a fez and a jacket decorated with traditional motifs. While walking with the davul (Turkish drum with two heads), Ramadan drums rely on the generosity of the population to give them tips (some money) or even invite them to participate in the suhoor meal. This tip is usually collected twice in the holy month, with many donors believing that they will have a good fortune for their kindness. Recently, Turkish officials have presented a membership card to drum performers in order to instil a sense of pride for those who play and to encourage the young generation to keep this old tradition alive in a growing capital. Egypt In Egypt, a popular scene in Ramadan is a lantern called "fanoos", which is often centred on an iftar table and can be seen hanging in windows and balconies. Every year, Egyptians welcome Ramadan with colourful fanoos, the intricate lanterns that symbolize unity and joy throughout the holy month. Although this tradition is more cultural than religious, it has become strongly associated with the holy month of Ramadan, with spiritual significance. Today, fanoos are often incorporated into other local traditions. For example, during Ramadan, children walk in the streets with their fanoos, singing happily, asking for gifts and sweets. Arabian Gulf Countries In the Arabian Gulf, wealthy sheikhs hold councils “majlises” where they open their doors to people to spend the night eating some food or having some tea or coffee and also having an exciting conversation. Check this for more knowledge about traditions around the world: Tribal lifestyle: the life of the Tuareg Arab chronicles: The most famous Arab travellers in history Different cultures: Strange traditions around the world

Experience

Horseback Riding: Best Horse Riding Tours around the world

April 27, 2019

Riding horses is fun, imagine creating a bond with such a powerful animal as a horse! Horses are one of the kindest and gentlest animals you will ever meet. Riding a horse and going for a hack is all you need after a stressful day or week. Whether you rode a horse before or not, you will always find someone to help or a riding school near you to suit your needs. If you're looking for something special to do and suit all the family members, so it's definitely horse riding! People of all ages enjoy it so much, so don't be put off. This article shows you the best horse riding hacks tours all over the world, so don’t miss it and start looking for the nearest tour for you. Benefits of Horse Riding Horse riding is a healthy exercise, and at the same time, it is a unique form of entertainment. Building strength and confidence are good things, that you will gain from riding horses. Also, there are many other positive things that riding a horse can do. Besides building strength in the body, it can also be used as therapy. The physical benefits that can be improved from horseback riding are circulation, respiration, balance and body metabolism. It also can help with the movement of the riders’ legs and increase coordination in their muscles. How heavy of a person can a horse carry? The general rule is that a horse has to carry between 15 to 20% of their weight, including the riding equipment and the rider. Based on the recommendation of a study, horses should not be loaded with more than 20% of their body weight. For example, a 545-kilogram horse would be able to carry about 109 kg of equipment and rider. The Best Horse Riding Tours A unique experience to feel like a real nomad exploring the amazing scenery. Take one of the best horse riding marvellous trips through a magnificent landscape, incredible mountains, or even along the beach shore while the blue skies are hugging you. Every horseback riding adventure includes highly qualified trainers and trained horses to let you go throughout an unforgettable experience. Malta Horses are an important part of Maltese life. Horse riding is a fun way to explore the countryside of the island. Also, it is possible to arrange sunset or sunrise tours. The island has many stables that offer rides for adults and children. Enjoy one of the best horse riding trips while exploring Malta. Bali During your holiday in Bali, don’t miss experiencing one of the best horse riding tours. This tour will take you for an hour and a half on the back of a horse. You can ride a horse on the Saba beach while enjoying the marvellous view of Batur volcano and Lake Batur. Enjoy plenty of tour packages in Bali and discover the beauty of Bali on a horseback. Egypt Although Egypt has plenty of things to do and discover, the most interesting thing is to have a horseback ride. One of the best horse riding tours that you can ever enjoy is those you find in Egypt. Discover the beauty of the Egyptian desert or take a ride along the beach. Beginners and expert riders are welcomed for any horse riding trip. Many places in Egypt offer you a fantastic horse riding such as The Pyramids of Giza. Also, one of the best things to do in Luxor is having a horse riding trip. The beauty and wonder of the red sea is another place to discover while you are enjoying tour packages in Egypt. Jordan Interested in horse riding? Examine one of the best horse riding treks in Jordan. The best adventure you can experience in your travel packages in Jordan. Among your horse riding, enjoy the view of Petra from above the Indiana Jones way. Experience a new way of Settling into a saddle for a memorable morning or afternoon horseback experience. Bahrain Pureblood Arabian horse is an elegant, majestic and breed like no other. Enjoy one of the most amazing and best horses riding in Bahrain. Experience the beauty of the desert and the stunning skyline of the sun by the Karbabad beach and Bahrain Fort. You can begin your unforgettable ride from the horse riding centre, pass by some quaint villages and the Bahrain Fort. Continue your ride towards the beach for a breezy ride and return back to the Centre.

Travel Reviews

Traveling stories: the best travel books for avid readers

April 07, 2019

If you love traveling and love reading then you must love traveling stories! Actually, traveling stories are probably one of the most important reasons why a lot of young readers grow up to become travel lovers, they make them yearn to travel themselves. Some travel books tell real stories and adventures that happened to travelers, and some tell fictional stories about magical countries, and some mix both worlds and tell fictional stories about traveling to real countries. What combines all these books however is that they weave a fantastic tale about discovering the world. So here are the best traveling stories and travel books, we bet you will find yourself dreaming about your next trip when reading one of them. Around the world in 200 Days, Anis Mansour This book tells a fascinating journey of traveling around the globe in 225 days, a journey which the author himself has undertaken for various reasons, one of them is writing this book. The traveling stories told in this book take us in a magical tour from east to west to north to south, we discover the world as Anis sees it. Some of the stunning countries he visited in this book are Japan, USA, Indonesia, and India. He also made many stops at smaller islands and less traveled destinations in his trip, one of the least traveled destinations he talks about in the book is his trip to Tibet to meet the Dalai Lama. The book also talks about the facts and traditions of those countries in that era, as Anis Mansour made that trip in the early 1960s. This book has certainly inspired many to travel and see more of the world around them. Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift This fictional book may very well be the most popular traveling story of all time, everyone has heard of Gulliver's Travels, and many have read them. Many people say that Gulliver's Travels are meant to show us the true human nature, that it is, in fact, a journey to discover how people actually act. Whether that was the true intention of the writer or not it certainly adds a depth to the enjoyable stories. Gulliver takes us with him on a weird journey to the land of the tiny people, then to the land of the giants and the lands of various weird human species, and we enjoy every minute of that bizarre trip. Even though the book was written in 1726, you will find that the human nature which Swift takes a journey through has not changed much. The Geography of Bliss, Eric Weiner In a quest for happiness, Eric Weiner, a former correspondent from war-ridden countries, takes a journey to what he presumed to be happy destinations. His traveling stories are both funny and inspirational, you will find yourself equal amounts daydreaming about traveling and wondering about the true meaning of happiness. Eric travels to Iceland, Qatar, India, and Denmark in his quest for happy places, and to Moldova because people often assume that it is an inherently unhappy place, and we join him through this journey full of life laughter and philosophy enjoying his interactions with locals in search of the answers to this significant question: what makes a society really happy? South and East: Trips and Dreams, Mohamed El-Makhzangi This travel book is a collection of travel journals written by Mohamed El-Makhzangi, a renowned journalist and writer who traveled to less paved roads to write about them. These journals were published at the time in the paper in which he worked but were later collected and made into a book that provides a mesmerizing read. In his travel stories, El-Makhzangi takes us to different destinations, he went to sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, and Indo-China. At a time when all travel journals talked about the West, this book was written in the early 90s, he chose to travel South and East to give readers new destinations. El-Makhzangi’s sense of humor makes this book a fascinating read indeed. Travels with Charley: In Search of America, John Steinbeck At the age of 58, renowned author John Steinbeck decided to take a long road trip with his faithful dog Charley to rediscover America. As usual, Steinbeck’s writing is beyond beautiful, and his eye for detail and ability to see people for what they truly are make this book fascinating to read. You will probably find yourself more interested in road trips after reading this book, and more familiar with the culture and traditions of Southern USA. So B. It, Sarah Weeks A traveling story like no other, this fictional story tells the tale of a young girl called Heidi who goes on a long distance journey to discover the truth about her life. This book may not be what most people have in mind when talking about travel books, however, it does tell a remarkable travel story from a unique perspective. When we see life through this small girl’s eyes, we get a fresh fascinating outlook for traveling, and gain a better perspective of life, we learn that the journey is just as important as the destination. To learn more about inspirational traveling stories see also: Arab chronicles: The most famous Arab travelers in history Extreme tourist destinations: The Edge of The World

Hospitality

Best Italian Food: Taste The Famous dishes of the Country of Magic and Beauty

April 04, 2019

Italian food is one of the global cuisines that everyone is truly obsessed with. Much best Italian food we all fall in love with such as pasta, pizzas and risottos. There are many varieties to choose among Italian dishes when it comes to pasta, you will have many choices like penne, lasagne, spaghetti, macaroni and ravioli. You can soak them in numerous sauces, herbs, vegetables and meats, and enjoy a delicious hearty meal. Pizzas are also a favourite option for a quick meal during movie nights or family gathering. Italy offers its travellers plenty of restaurants and places to explore. One of the best Italian places to visit on your trip to Italy is the local restaurants, where you can taste the best Italian food ever. Among your visit to Italy, there are a multitude of popular Italian dishes, await your discovery. These traditional Italian dishes are combined with Italian culture. One of the best ways to get the true taste of these Italian dishes is to directly taste them from local home chefs. Pizza Pizza is one of the most famous and best Italian food. When you think about pizza, the first type that comes to mind is Margarita. This simple but tasty originating dish from Naples. If you order this popular pizza from the local pizzeria, you can expect a delicious pizza served with a crispy and topped with olive oil, garlic, basil, tomatoes, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Pasta Carbonara Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish derives its name from 'Carbon' meaning coal. It was a pasta popular with the coal miners and one of the best Italian food you can ever taste. The chef served it with the tasty bacon instead of pig’s cheese. Arancini Crisp and golden brown, arancini refers to the delicious and most tasty dish of stuffed rice balls. The rice balls are fried after being coated in a dusting of crunchy breadcrumbs. These rice balls are usually filled with tomato sauce, mozzarella and peas. There are a diversity of regional variations of the arancini in Italy such as pasta and pizza dishes. Some examples served the arancini con ragù (with tomato sauce, rice and mozzarella), while arancini con burro (made with creamy béchamel sauce). Also, there are the arancini con Funghi and arancini con melanzane. You can try this classic Italian dish in the local hosts Antonella and Paola in Rome. Lasagne If you are looking for having a taste of true Italian cuisine, then you should try Lasagne. The Lasagne is one of the best Italian food, made by baking sheets of lasagne pasta. You can taste this delicious lasagne pasta which is layered with cheese, ground meat and vegetables. Also, it served with different varieties of sauces such as bechamel or tomato. Osso buco Alla Milanese Meat lovers will fall in love with the osso buco alla Milanese dish. It is one of the best Italian food. The tender veal is cooked and braised slowly in white wine and served with an array of delicious vegetables. Also, aromatic gremolata is served with the dish to complete the gorgeous taste, it is a condiment made with lemon zest, garlic and parsley. You can also enjoy the best part of the dish after finishing the meat and vegetables, which is the savouring creamy marrow from the bones of the veal. Prosciutto Another famous Italian dish and one of the best Italian food is prosciutto. This Italian dish refers to dry-cured ham, which is served uncooked and cuts in thin slices. The finest prosciutto originates from the central and northern regions of Italy. Usually, the meat is served with pasta or wrapped with slices of cheese or sweet melons. Saltimbocca Don’t miss this savoury delight Italian dish. The dish is made of thin slices of veal, topped with salty prosciutto and herb leaves. All these ingredients joined together with a toothpick and sautéed in a pan until the meat is done. There are different varieties of meat can be used in the dish, such as chicken and mutton. This dish is highly popular among locals and travellers in Italy. Torrone One of the best Italian food is Torrone. It is a creamy and sticky candy, made with ingredients such as honey, egg whites, toasted nuts and citrus zest. This candy is commonly found in cafes and candy stores all over Italy. You can also try the Torrone dipped in rich chocolate. Tiramisu Tiramisu is a famous dessert, which is known all over the world. It is one of the best Italian food you can taste. Light and creamy dessert, made of ingredients such as coffee, eggs, sugar, cocoa and mascarpone cheese. Creative dessert-makers innovative different recipes and varieties such as the fruit tiramisu and chocolate Tiramisu. To enjoy more cuisines you can also read: Indian Cuisine: a tour in the magic land of spices Bahrain food: A Journey to taste the best Bahraini dishes Food adventure: a tour around the world kitchens

Adventure plan

Holidays in Bahrain: things to do on your next holiday

April 22, 2020

The kingdom of Bahrain is a very diverse cosmopolitan country, spending holidays in Bahrain is a fascinating experience indeed as you will never be short for things to do. From scuba diving to camping to cycling to sailing, the kingdom has got it all, and we are here to help you navigate your way around the numerous activities you can do during your next vacation in Bahrain. Here is our fantastic guide to spending amazing holidays in Bahrain. Pearl diving in Bahrain Known as The Pearl of The Gulf, of course, the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of things to do in Bahrain is pearl diving. The center of natural pearl trade in the world, the kingdom does not allow artificial pearls or trade in them to preserve the industry. And a few years ago, the government allowed tourism agencies to arrange recreational pearl diving tours in Bahrain. You can enjoy diving, learn all about this age-old trade and get to keep the pearls you find, what more can a person ask for! In the old days, pearl divers would cover their faces with a cloth and weigh themselves down with a rock to be able to collect oysters. It was a hard job that not all could endure. Nowadays, however, it is a totally different practice. Pearl diving now is a very popular pastime among people spending their holidays in Bahrain. And for tourists, it is a fantastic recreational activity. A licensed tour operator must accompany all divers, and gear them up properly. Also, each diver gets to collect a limited number of oysters to check for pearls in them. Camping in Bahrain People in Bahrain take camping very seriously, the activity is very popular among both locals and tourists. The high season for camping in the kingdom in the winter, from November to March you will find almost all camping sites in Bahrain brimming with activities. However, some serious campers love spending the summer nights under the stars. Of course in the harsh gulf summer, you can only camp in the desert during nighttime. The most famous campsite in Bahrain is Sakhir, where you can find dozens of desert camp sites. People also enjoy camping around the Tree of Life, a 400-year-old huge tree and is about 32 feet high, that sits alone surrounded by sand dunes. In Bahrain, you can take your tent and set up your own camp, you can rent an existing tent, or you can join an arranged camping tour, anyways you are guaranteed to have fun and spend an unforgettable holiday in Bahrain. Cycling in Bahrain Cycling or biking or bicycling is a very popular activity in many countries, it is a sport, a means of transportation and a way to tour the wonderful attractions of any city. Combining exercise with fun and exploration, cycling is one of the best ways to boost your mood as well as your energy. It also helps you burn fat, increase muscle mass and sleep better. In addition to that, Bahrain features many magnificent cycling tracks, so you can find numerous amazing places to enjoy cycling in the Kingdom, whether you choose to go solo or join a cycling tour. As an archipelago, Bahrain comprises many amazing beaches, and a lot of them feature cycling tracks. There is also a wonderful track to be enjoyed at Al Areen Wildlife Park. Our personal favorite is the cycling tour around Bahrain Fort, as it allows you to enjoy exercising while exploring a wonderful historical site with a backdrop of amazing sea views. Horse riding in Bahrain A relaxing pastime or a competitive sport, horse riding can be whatever you want it to be! Horses are magnificent animals, they are a joy to be around let alone ride. And horse riding has always been associated with luxury and sometimes royalty. Horseback riding allows people to breathe in the fresh air, explore the city, and enjoy being around striking creatures This splendid activity can be enjoyed in many locations in Bahrain. Imagine riding a beautiful horse along the golden Bahraini coastline while enjoying the sunrise or sunset, or riding a charming mare between green fields in the countryside… Yes, this can be you on your next holiday! Taking a cruise in the Gulf Looking for a relaxing day on a luxurious yacht? Looking for a fun day full of water sports like snorkeling and swimming? Want to explore more of the smaller islands in the kingdom? Cruises in Bahrain can offer you all that and more, taking a cruise in the Gulf is one of the most popular activities when spending holidays in Bahrain, and for good reason. The sea breeze offers relief from the hot crowded cities, and you can find many different tours that allow you to enjoy numerous activities from lively water sports to quiet relaxing day trips. For more about spending holidays in Bahrain see also: Bahraini adventure: Top places to visit in Bahrain Best value for money: the top 7 cheap hotels in Bahrain Brunch in Bahrain: top restaurants for brunch in the kingdom   For more about activities in Bahrain, click here

Adventure

Mountaineering: Best Mountains to climb around the world

August 25, 2019

It is a unique adventure, that you can feel a side effect of the lack of oxygen while feeling very proud of your achievement. This experience is a life-affirming about standing on the top of a lofty peak and looking down from the roof of the world. The world is full of many mountains that you could climb. In this article, we will provide you with a list of the best mountains to climb all over the world. What is climbing mountains? Mountaineering is the sport of climbing mountains. It is the challenge and perseverance by putting hands and feet on rocks or snow to reach a summit. The climber can pause and look out from the high above over a world ruled by nature and her raw beauty. Mountaineering is not only climbing mountains with the hard way with an ice axe and rope, but it is also simply challenging and difficult hiking up steep rocky slopes in the high mountains. What to wear? Climbing the mountains need some preparation and specific type of clothes. Warm clothes and good comfortable footwear are essential. Also, it is more perfect to have reasonable fitness. However, as a sense of adventure and a head for heights will certainly come in handy. The Best Mountains to climb These 5 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a good amount of preparation and fit legs. However, if you choose to go on one of these trails, you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. North America North America has thousands of miles of awesome hiking trails to name such as the Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Nevada and the Appalachians. One of the best mountains to climb is Yosemite National Park, which includes a number of one-day and overnight hikes, like the Mist Trail. Mist Trail is about 5.4 miles past Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls. For valley enthusiasts, there is the epic South Kaibab Trail in Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park. Stay in Arizona and enjoy the amazing Templeton Trail in Sedona, where you can hike through the shadow of the region’s towering red buttes. South America One of the best mountains to climb is in Patagonia, where you can begin your South America trekking adventure. In Patagonia, you can set your sights on the magnificent Torres del Paine National Park. Also, there is the 62-mile W Trek, which takes place in craggy mountain ranges, glaciers and lakes. Another fascinated Trek is the amazing Mt Fitzroy Trek, located in Argentina’s Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Asia One of the most famous and best mountains to climb is the Himalayas. There are many places for trekking such as Everest Base Camp and the mountain’s peak itself. Also, Bhutan’s famed Snowman Trek, with its high-altitude hike across nine passes. The Himalayas are a haven for trekking opportunities. Another best mountains to climb is the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. It is a classic high-alpine trek. Annapurna Circuit follows the ancient trade routes and passes through quaint mountain villages. Along your way, you can find the Buddhist prayer flags, stupa and prayer wheels dotting the path. It takes around 15 days or more to trek the side treks off the main route. Along the trail, many guesthouses can be found, so you don’t need to carry equipment like tents and sleeping bags or even food for more than a day. The Middle East Jordan offers you a multitude of day-long hikes, which is considered as one of the best mountains to climb. It will get you out amongst its magnificent desert-scapes and ancient archaeological sites. You can experience a long way on the road trek the 47 miles trail, which passes from Petra to the Dana Biosphere Reserve. The trail takes place through the mesmerizing architecture of the Rose Red City, plunging desert canyons and towering sandstone cliffs. Alternatively, you can try the newly established Jordan Trail, which is an epic 404 miles route. The new Jordan trail runs along great distance through the country from the farming villages of Umm Qais to the Red Sea at the Gulf of Aqaba. If you don’t like the 36-consecutive-day hike, you may divide the route into eight distinct legs, each one takes around four to five days to hike. Europe Europe is a great place to start your hiking adventure, with its well-established routes and challenging treks. It is a home for some of the best mountains to climb in the world. The 34 miles Laugavegur Trail takes in a plethora of the spectacular volcanoes, glaciers and hot springs of Iceland. You can enjoy hiking among the six huts along the route for easy camping. Slovenia also hosts one of the best mountains to climb in Europe. The 310 miles Slovenian Mountain Trail, features 50 huts en route to house weary walkers. The eponymous 4810m-high Tour du Mont Blanc mountain takes you 105 miles into the heart of the continent. This trail passes through different countries such as Switzerland, France and Italy. Hikers can easily customize their route to enjoy the forest scenery, mountain passes and the historical sights. For More Adventures: Desert Camping: An Adventure and Unforgettable Experience From surfing to skiing: The best destinations for water sports Hot summer? Cool down at the best water parks in the world

Hospitality

Oman: Dine in the Best Oman Restaurants

April 07, 2020

Wondering what and where to eat? Well, Oman offers some of the best places, where you can eat as the dishes served have Arabian charm. It has plenty of gorgeous and fascinating Oman restaurants. Also, it offers you different flavours to match everyone’s taste. This country is one of the most amazing destinations to travel and known for its amazing architecture. Al Angham This exquisite restaurant located in Muscat next to the Royal Opera House offers an unusual night at the opera. Where you can enjoy the Omani silver napkin rings and the carved wooden ceiling. This unique stylish restaurant served the national cuisine. Kargeen Cafe One of the best Oman restaurants is Kargeen Cafe. It has open-air and majlis-style dining. This Muscat restaurant has spilt into a courtyard of illuminated trees creating a thoroughly Arabian experience. Make sure you try the hibiscus drinks and avocado milkshakes. Bait Al Luban This delightful restaurant is housed in a guest house in Muscat. It was built 140 years ago. Bait Al Luban serves delicious Omani cuisine such as vegetarian stews and meze. It is characterized by its incredible decor. Located Opposite to Mutrah's Fish Market. Al Bahjah Restaurant Seeb has a large expat community from India, therefore, Al Bahjah restaurant has opened to serve plenty of good Indian food. Most dishes are from Kerala, in southern India, however, it also served international options including chicken tikka masala. The restaurant is one of the unique Oman restaurants with its dimly lit and atmospheric. Sahari Restaurant This Turkish restaurant is one of the popular Oman restaurants. It characterized by its hand-painted murals and breezy terraces overlooking the lagoon. It is a delightful place to watch the beach at low tide. Some local music is always played in the restaurant. Also, it offers freshly caught seafood, including prawns and squid. And if you tried the grilled seafood platter, Turkish bread baked in-house and salad will be served with it. Al Mina Restaurant & Bar One of the best Oman restaurants is Al Mina restaurant. It is located in Salalah with an open-sided terrace-style. The restaurant has an amazing view of waves thundering on the shore. Seafood and vegetarian dishes from Spain are served in the restaurants. While Italy and Greece are given an Arabian flourish. It hosts live bands to play cool Latin music. The Beach The Beach is one of the top-class Oman restaurants. Located in Muscat, in a luxurious beachside location. The restaurant is characterized by its superb Arabian ambience created by fire pits and subtle lighting. You can taste the multi-course tasting menu. Aroos Musandam Restaurant This cosy restaurant is one of the best seafood restaurants in Khasab. Located in the centre of the town. There is a great variety of the catch of the day seafood you can taste, such as lobster, prawns, crab and fish. But it also offers Omani and Indian dishes and complimentary soup for larger orders. Delicious juices are also served. Al Mandi Al Dhahabi Al Mandi Al Dhahabi is a top choice restaurant in Nizwa. This friendly restaurant serves Middle Eastern cuisine, especially the Omani and Zanzibari food. The Mandi dishes which consists of rice and meat are very delicious. Enjoy the best view of the souq, while sitting on the roadside terrace make the best of the souq view. Rozna As if Oman didn't have enough forts, Rozna is one of Oman restaurants built as a fort in Muscat. Unlike its dusty old predecessors, this building has been covered with a flowing falaj and dining tables. In this unique restaurant, you will also be able to experience the traditional floor seating and a perfect setting for the tasty traditional cuisine. Turtle Reserve Restaurant Ras Al Jinz serves international cuisine, in Turtle Reserve restaurant. It is characterized by its canteen-style. You can enjoy seating on the small terrace outside the main block. The buffet includes standard international food in Middle Eastern and India. Jebel Nights Taste the Middle Eastern and Iranian food in one of the amazing Oman restaurants in Jebel Akhdar. Despite its kitsch European decor and the lingering smell of cooking, you can enjoy the steaming stews and bread easily compensate. Zahr El Laymoun With its colourful bench seats, spill onto the pavement at this excellent Lebanese restaurant. Zahr El Laymoun is one of the gorgeous and cosy Oman restaurants in Muscat. There are lots of different hot and cold meze, and it can be offered and rolled out slowly over the course of an evening. To know more about best restaurants around the world: Brunch in Bahrain: top restaurants for brunch in the kingdom. Sun, salt and seafood: the best restaurants in Alexandria. Where to eat in Trabzon: Best Trabzon Food. Where to eat in Morocco: a journey through Moroccan food. Turkish food: The best restaurants in Istanbul. Dine like an Egyptian: The best restaurants in Cairo.

Culture

Dilmun Civilization: The ancient civilization of the Gulf

April 21, 2020

Described as the place ‘where the sun rises’ and ‘the land of the living’, The Dilmun civilization was an ancient civilization situated in the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula. It was one of the oldest civilizations in the world. The capital of the Dilmun was located in the Gulf archipelago which is now the Kingdom of Bahrain; the Dilmun civilization was able to develop as a trade center due to its strategic location. It controlled the trading routes in the Arabian Gulf at the highest of its power. Despite its long history and its importance, very little is known about the Dilmun civilization, it is considered one of the greatest mysteries in history. Let’s take a look at this fascinating ancient civilization, and learn how people lived across the Gulf region in the old days. The Mythical Dilmun Dilmun is unique amidst other ancient civilizations in that it has two different stories, one story being that the civilization is entirely mythical, this story stems from the Sumerian mythology which mentions Dilmun as the mythical land of the gods. Dilmun was known as the bright and pure land in this mythological story. It was a paradise where sad and painful things like sickness and death did not exist at all. Its land was filled with divine water sources, these waters transformed it into a magical garden for the gods, where the mother goddess Ninhursag tended sacred plants. Due to its unbelievable beauty, many gods lived in Dilmun. Some say though that this story is actually about the garden of Eden, and that it does not refer to Dilmun at all, while others believe the Sumerians were fascinated with Dilmun because it had an abundance of natural springs transforming it into a lush green land amid the desert. The history of the real Dilmun From the fourth millennium to 800 BC, Dilmun was a significant trading center controlling the trading routes in the Gulf. The country was at its most prosperous during the first 300 years of the second millennium. Between 1000 BC and 800 BC though, Dilmun started losing its commercial power due to the piracy which flourished in the Gulf around that time. The ancient site of Qal’at al-Bahrain in the northwestern part of the island is considered to be the main harbor and the capital of Dilmun. This site features seven successive levels of settlement, and the oldest of them dates back to around 2300 BC. It also features a unique sea tower, which probably functioned as a lighthouse. This unique example of ancient maritime architecture is the only one of its kind in the region, together with the adjacent sea channel this clearly demonstrates the significance of this city in trade routes. Ancient trades Dilmun is mentioned in many other civilizations as a trade partner, or as the place where fine goods come from. Numerous sources can give us some idea of what was traded in those days. Some of the goods sent to Mesopotamia are precious woods, ivory, gold, and pearls from the Arabian Gulf, these goods were sent in exchange for silver, tin, textiles, olive oil and grains. In addition to that, the merchants of Dilmun had a monopoly on the copper trade, copper was brought from the mines of Oman and shipped to Mesopotamian cities. Historians can tell which civilizations had a trading history by looking at the types of the weights and measures used, if they have at some point used the same measures then they had a trading history. Dilmun had a long trading history with Mesopotamia and The Indus Valley. The Dilmun civilization More than just an important trade center, Dilmun comprised great agriculture due to the abundance of artesian waters in the area. In an ancient Sumerian text, Dilmun was described as a blessed, prosperous land dotted with great dwellings. The text also said that all the countries known to Sumerians brought their goods to Dilmun. We know that the Dilmuns believed in the after-life by their respect for the dead, they buried the dead with possessions such as tools, weapons, food, drinking vessels, and gold. This bears resemblance with the way the Pharaohs buried their dead, which tells us that the Dilmuns too believed that the dead will rise one day. The burial mounds of Saar The old settlement in Saar includes two main areas, a residential area and a cemetery where the inhabitants buried their dead. The city was established around a natural spring and had a complicated well, which proves that the existence of fresh water was one of the main reasons a great civilization had been established in the area. Showing all the components of a modern city, the site of the residential area features houses, restaurants, commercial outlets and a place of worship. People are mostly fascinated though with the ancient cemetery adjacent to the city. The complicated design and the sophistication with which it was built is very interesting. To learn more about ancient civilizations see also: Inca’s Civilization: Traditions, Aspects of life and Achievements of Ancient Incan People Mayan achievements: Inventions and History of Maya civilization     Explore more: Travel packages in Bahrain

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