Manama

Manama is the capital of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the largest city in the country consisting more than 155 000 inhabitants. After the centuries of domination by Portugal and Persians, Manama obtained the right being the capital of independent Bahrain. Nowadays it is the capital with the economy widely based around the oil production and refining industry. Among top experiences in Manama are full of history Bahrain National Museum, Bahrain Fort, Manama Souq Market, Oil Museum, Desert Tour, Camel race and much more. Manama is an excellent place not only for a beach vacation but also for a business. Culture and history, adventure, first-class shops, and entertainment make a great combination for every visitor, no matter of the purpose. In order to receive a full picture of the Eastern fairy tale, it’s worth to visit and enjoy a magnificent view of the city and desert from “Tilly41” observation deck.

Corniche al-Fateh is a perfect area for a pleasant seaside promenade and calm evening in one of the numerous shisha bars. For those who adore unusual experiences, ride over the desert in a hot air balloon or jump with a parachute over the city will be a really breathtaking experience.

In order to make your holiday as relaxed as possible, SafeAround compiled information concerning possible risk in Manama’s neighborhoods.  

SAFETY INDEX

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Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Safety Index of Manama is equal to 53.8. Crime level in the city is on par with the main European capitals, with very rare violent crimes.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

As a frequently visited tourist destination, it is not surprising that pick-pocketing is common in Manama. Bag snatching does occur as well. Excessive vigilance in all public place is recommended, particularly in the old market areas (calling souks), airports and beaches.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Manama is a place where an occurrence of kidnapping and mugging is low.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : LOW

There are almost no known scams.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Accidents while traveling on the road occur frequently, although roads condition are generally very good. Many drivers don’t follow the speed limitations on the highways and drive recklessly. Night driving is supposed to be particularly dangerous because some drivers do not turn on their headlights.  There is a threat while off-road driving. Ensure cars are well equipped and you carry enough water. Taxis are expensive, though this is the only option to get around, excluding renting a car. Traveling be sea, plan your route in advance as sometimes the Bahrain government imposes curfews on waterways. Piracy is a risk in a Gulf.  

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

The Kingdom of Bahrein and Manama is not an exception experiences extremely high temperatures, which can exceed 50C. Sandstorms occur on a regular basis. Sometimes, severe thunderstorms may occur, making driving impossible. Information on natural disasters can be obtained from the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

A number of terrorist attacks occurred in the Gulf region in recent years. The probability of new attacks is high.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Overall, female travellers risk in Bahrain seems to be on par with main European countries, Australia, Canada or USA. Visitors should keep in mind the cultural differences and wear modest dress and avoid “small talks” with male strangers.   SafeAround recommends taking normal safety precautions and trying not venture alone isolated neighborhoods late at night.

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WHAT TO DO?

Manama Souq

Extremely antiquated place – old bazaar lies in the north of the Manama, between the old part of the city and the Central Business District.  The best locally hand-made jewelry, sweets, spices and leather products may be bought at this very authentic market. However, the crime rate is low in and around this area, pickpockets are the main threat, so we advise to be vigilant and not to leave your belongings unattended.

Juffair

Prime spot for a US personnel living in Bahrain and other expats living in the country. It is very close to school for kids, the US base and close to the main activities of Manama. Also, for those having an active lifestyle, this neighborhood is a perfect place. The safety level is high.

Seef and Reef Islands 

Sophisticated areas for the wealthiest of the country. Mostly consists of skyscrapers. The area is very safe both during the day and night.

The Central Business District

It is located in central Manama. Main hotels, office building, shops, and restaurants are in the CBD. The Bahrain World Trade Centre and the Bahrain Financial Harbour are situated in that area as well. For the best shopping experience, it’s worth to nip in “Moda Mall Bahrain”, which has more than 160 designer’s stores. The theft of smartphones are on the rise, remain vigilant thieves that use different strategies to rob you.  

Useful Information

Visa is not required for tourist stays under 30 days. Make sure your passport has at least a six-month validity from your planned date of return to the country you’re visiting.
Bahrain Dirham is the official currency of the Bahrain. The dirham is pegged to the dollar, 0.376 BD = 1 USD. All the other world currencies may fluctuate significantly.
The Kindom of Bahrain experiences extremely high temperatures, which can exceed 50C. The hottest months of the year are from June to September. In order to avoid risks of high temperatures, SafeAround advises avoiding staying in the sun for a long time and drinking a lot of water.
The largest international airport is located in Muharraq – Bahrain International Airport (BAH). It is an island located 7 km away from the capital. If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page