10 things we love about Bahrain

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DubaiCat traveled to Bahrain and she sums up the reasons she loved it:

1. Food. Bahrain is all about fresh, quality and cheap street food. You place the order (yes the typical Arab way: you stay in the car and just honk, you get your food and you enjoy it on the way to your destination). Make sure you’ll try Malghoum Samara, Malghoum Mahmood and Jan Burger and of course the ultimate ice-cream with the super fresh cone from Atlanta. Bahrain is famous for the traditional breakfast also. My personal favorite breakfast was the Khobez Joben (bread with cheese) which you combine with Oman chips (lol). On top of the list of the restaurants: Coco’s ! Most probably you’ll have to wait but it’s so worth waiting! Try the salad with the strawberry sauce and the chicken mushroom dish! Also, don’t forget to try the traditional halwa and bring me some on the way back to Dubai.

Making some bread
Making some bread
@ Coco's . Try the homemade Ice Tea
@ Coco’s . Try the homemade Ice Tea
Traditional Bahraini Halwa
Traditional Bahraini Halwa

2. People. For some interesting demographic information, there are about twice as many men as women currently living in Bahrain. There are also more expats living in Bahrain than national citizens. In any case people are nice and smiley, they’re always willing to assist you and they have a positive attitude for life which cheers you up.

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3. Tree of Life. The Tree of Life is a 400-year-old tree that grows in the middle of the desert. Scientists say that its source of sustenance still remains a mystery event now. The tree is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Bahrain and it’s simply gorgeous.

Tree of Life
Tree of Life
Tree of Life
Tree of Life
Tree of Life
Tree of Life

4. Sea. Bahrain is not only one island, but an archipelago of 33 small islands. Each island is connected by bridges, and each region within the country is technically a separate island. Make sure you’ll spend one day at Al Dar Islands where you can spend the day chilling, having shisha by the sea, jet skiing or just sunbathing.

@Dar Islands
@Dar Islands
@Dar Islands
@Dar Islands
Shisha by the sea
Shisha by the sea

5. Bahrain Word Trade Center. The Bahrain World Trade Center is the world’s first skyscraper that uses wind turbines for clean energy. It is currently one of the most famous buildings in the country because of its unique architecture. It is also the second tallest building in Bahrain (Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay is the third!)

World Trade Center
World Trade Center
World Trade Center by night
World Trade Center by night

6. Adliya, Manama. What I call the “downtown Manama” with the several art pieces spread all over the small streets and the art galleries which promote the local contemporary artists will make your day!

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7. National Museum. The museum is very well done and is housed in a beautiful building on the water. This is the only place you can see a re-created traditional burial mound, complete with skeleton! I found it very nice and informative and it addresses Bahrain ancient and contemporary history. There is also a small gift shop with some historical books and interesting pieces of clothing and jewelery.

@National Museum Bahrain
@National Museum Bahrain

8. Bahrain is the most open-minded country within the GCC area. There are minimal restrictions on alcohol, people can receive massages from the opposite sex and clothing standards are more liberal.

9. Souk. Impressively rich souk for such a small country. The market is located in Central Manama. Here you will basically find anything you are looking for. This includes clothes, food (multicultural food), electronics, spices & nuts, souvenirs. Friendly people but very good at bargaining.

@Manama Souk
@Manama Souk
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@Manama Souk
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@Manama Souk
@Manama Souk
@Manama Souk

10. It’s only 1 hour away from Dubai, it’s a super cheap destination with plenty of flights within the day and it’s a great wake up call to realize that real life is not as perfect and sterilized as Dubai is making us feel. It’s like you’re visiting a big big village with all the cons and pros! Plus it’s they invented the “shisha in the car” activity and it’s definitely a reason to visit them!

Shisha in the Car
Shisha in the Car

It’s just worth visiting. Khalas.

PS: Don’t forget my Halwa on the way back!


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@DubaiCatOfficial

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4 Days in Bahrain with AIESEC

I have so many reasons to consider myself as the luckiest person in Dubai. One of the most important is that I’m surrounded by nice and ambitious young people who happen to conduct AIESEC UAE. 🙂

AIESEC members organized a 4 days trip to Bahrain and this video is just my way to thank them for the hospitality, the effort they put, the energy and the happy attitude throughout the whole trip.

I’ve been around them the past year and I had the chance to get to know what exactly this organization is about, but I’m not gonna go in details, you can find everything here: http://www.aiesec.ae/

What I feel it’s worth sharing, is that I actually saw people’s lives changing with the internship opportunities AIESEC provided them with.

I knew Arabs are very hospitable but that was more than I could imagine. Thank you all guys. Keep us the great work. AIESEC is lucky to have you Sara, Samara & Mahmood.


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The City of Love is calling Dubai

You’ve always dreamed of offering to your loved one the ultimate Paris experience?

Eventissime By Julia, is bringing Paris closer to Dubai.

A brand new concept in organizing VVIP luxury private events and the brainchild of Julia Baudin, officially launches in Dubai.

Julia, a well-known expert in events management with 25 years of experience, invited us a few days ago in the gorgeous Omnia by Silvena Restaurant in Downtown to present us the idea. Her extensive experience in creating one-of-a-kind events and the growing appetite of Middle Eastern clients for luxury experiences has inspired her to create Eventissime By Julia, the new VVIP private event organizer whose brand promise is “Exception is a Privilege”.

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Eventissime By Julia offers exceptional venues selection and out of this world experiences in Paris, France for the privileged few. Elite venues such as Maison Guerlain, Vaux le Vicomte, and Studio Harcourt to name a few will be fully privatized for VVIP Guests. Only the latest and grandest in the City of Love.

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Maison Guerlain

Julia has partnered with luxury French brands to bring these extraordinary moments to life. Amongst these are three partners, detailed below, who each have a distinctive flair in making personal celebrations memorable, wishes granted in style and tailored to the individual’s tastes and preferences.

Vaux le Vicomte
Vaux le Vicomte

We can’t wait to see more from her!

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Vaux le Vicomte

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You thought Sheikh Zayed is the widest street in the world? You’re wrong!

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I was just scrolling down my Facebook page and I saw an article with the title “Say Hi to the world’s widest street”. I clicked on the link to open the article and in the meantime I was thinking to myself “I can say salam alaikum instead” with an “I know the answer” smile on my face.

When the link finally opened I was surprised to see that it’s not our Sheikh Zayed as I thought but the 9 de Julio Avenue in Buenos Aires.

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The avenue has up to seven lanes in each direction and is flanked on either side by parallel streets of two lanes each.

At a normal walking speed, it takes pedestrians two to three green lights to cross 9 de Julio Avenue’s. 

I’m sorry to inform you but we missed the chance to break another world’s record! I’m sure we’ll do something about that soon.

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DubaiCat

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