Architectural Jewels of Manama (Self Guided), Manama

In Manama you can find numerous examples of modern architecture in addition to beautiful traditional structures. Zamil Tower is an excellent example of the blending of modernism and traditionalism. Take this tour to visit the architectural highlights of Manama, from its glittering skyscrapers to its Islamic mosques.
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Architectural Jewels of Manama Map

Guide Name: Architectural Jewels of Manama
Guide Location: Bahrain » Manama (See other walking tours in Manama)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 Km or 3.7 Miles
Author: ellen
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Manama Old Palace
  • Matam Ajam Al Kabeer Mosque
  • Zamil Tower
  • Bahrain World Trade Centre
  • National Bank of Bahrain (NBB)
  • Bahrain Financial Harbour
  • Abraj Al Lulu Skyscrapers
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Manama Old Palace

1) Manama Old Palace

The Old Palace of Manama is an important architectural masterpiece of the city. It is located on Old Palace Avenue next to other attractive landmarks and important buildings. The palace is a great example of traditional Islamic architecture and is where all foreign rulers and other important guests are met by Royal dignitaries.
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Matam Ajam Al Kabeer Mosque

2) Matam Ajam Al Kabeer Mosque

The Matam Ajam Al Kabeer Mosque is one of the most attractive religious buildings in Manama. It was first mentioned officially in 1881. The building is extraordinarily beautiful, with a brightly colored facade, traditional ornamentation and a grand dome. Many Iranian worshipers come here to pray. As Persians have arrived in Bahrain, they have brought with them the Baha'i Faith, which is practiced at this mosque.
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Zamil Tower

3) Zamil Tower

Al Zamil Tower is a skyscraper in Fereej Al Fadhel located opposite the Bahrain Sheraton and just across from Government House. Built in 2005, the 21-storey tower covers 16,893 square metres of space and has parking facilities for 154 cars. It won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2007.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Bahrain World Trade Centre

4) Bahrain World Trade Centre

The Bahrain World Trade Center is a 240 m (787 ft) high twin tower complex located in Manama. The towers were built in 2008 by the multi-national architectural firm Atkins. It is the first skyscraper in the world to integrate wind turbines into its design.

This 50-floor structure is constructed in close proximity to the King Faisal Highway, near popular landmarks and the scenic Pearl Roundabout. It currently ranks as the second tallest building in Bahrain, after the twin towers of the Bahrain Financial Harbour. The project has received several awards for sustainability.

The two towers are linked via three skybridges, each holding a 225kW wind turbine, totalling to 675kW of wind power production. Each of these turbines measure 29 m (95 ft) in diameter, and is aligned north, which is the direction from which air from the Persian Gulf blows in. The sail-shaped buildings on either side are designed to funnel wind through the gap to provide accelerated wind passing through the turbines. This was confirmed by wind tunnel tests, which showed that the buildings create an S-shaped flow, ensuring that any wind coming within a 45° angle to either side of the central axis will create a wind stream that remains perpendicular to the turbines. This significantly increases their potential to generate electricity.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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National Bank of Bahrain (NBB)

5) National Bank of Bahrain (NBB)

The National Bank of Bahrain was founded in 1957 and today has a number of branches located throughout the country. It is the country's leading banking services provider. The bank's main offices are located in the center of Manama in a remarkable skyscraper that stands out in the city's skyline.
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Bahrain Financial Harbour

6) Bahrain Financial Harbour

Bahrain Financial Harbor (commonly abbreviated as BFH) is a large-scale commercial development project in Manama. The commercial complex is located next to King Faisal Highway, near many popular landmarks such as the Bahrain World Trade Center, Abraj Al Lulu, Pearl Roundabout and the National Bank of Bahrain. The majority of the project is being constructed on reclaimed land. The BFH project consists of multiple construction phases and when finished will include the Bahrain Performance Center, Commercial East, Commercial West, Diamond Tower, Dhow Harbor, Financial Center, Harbor Row, Residential North and Residential South. The two tallest twin towers (Commercial East and Commercial West) are currently listed as the tallest completed towers in Bahrain, with 54 floors and a height of 260 meters (853 feet).
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Abraj Al Lulu Skyscrapers

7) Abraj Al Lulu Skyscrapers

The Abraj Al Lulu is a large residential project located in Manama. The entire project consists of three large towers, two of which have 50 floors and one of which has 40. The three towers (Gold Pearl, Silver Pearl and Black Pearl) are located next to King Faisal Highway, which is close to popular landmarks such as the Pearl Roundabout, NBB Tower, Bahrain WTC and the Bahrain Financial Harbor. The entire project covers a land area of over 23,230 square meters. Abraj Al Lulu was built by the Al Hamad Contracting Company. The complex, completed in March 2009, can accommodate over 1,100 cars in its four-story parking lot and consists of over 860 luxury 1 to 3 bedroom apartments.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Manama, Bahrain

Create Your Own Walk in Manama

Create Your Own Walk in Manama

Creating your own self-guided walk in Manama is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Shopping Tour of Manama

Shopping Tour of Manama

Manama, a bright city with a rich culture, has an abundance of places to shop, including souks, which specialize in local handicrafts, and grand malls that offer something for everyone. Bahrain is known for its natural pearls and gold, so you can find some spectacular jewelry here. Striking handmade carpets are another Bahrain specialty. Take this tour to visit the most popular shopping spots in...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
Museums and Galleries Tour

Museums and Galleries Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.4 Km or 4.6 Miles
Top Religious Buildings

Top Religious Buildings

Manama is a primarily Islamic city and is home to a number of mosques, which are each unique in their own way. The city's mosques are more than just places of worship; they are architectural masterpieces and vivid examples of Bahrain's culture and religion. Don't leave Manama without visiting the splendid mosques and religious buildings found on this walking tour.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 Km or 3.9 Miles
Manama Introduction Walk

Manama Introduction Walk

Manama is a modern looking metropolis that has been at the center of major trade routes for centuries. The capital city of Bahrain, nicknamed the “Pearl of the Gulf” for its pearl industry playing an important role in the national economy, the city projects an image of prosperity, and is replete with monuments, fountains, parks and archaeological sites. The Bahrain National Museum charts...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.1 Km or 4.4 Miles
Cultural Venues of Manama

Cultural Venues of Manama

Islamic culture is one of the richest and most ancient in the world. Bahrain shares many elements of Islamic culture but has its own unique history and traditions. Manama's art galleries, museums and craft centers are intended to develop and preserve the culture of Bahrain and to share the country's culture with those who are interested. Take this tour to visit some of Bahrain's...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.7 Km or 4.8 Miles