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Whether you’re a thrill-seeker looking to ride a camel or you enjoy discovering local culture with a visit to the Bahrain National Museum, Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre is the ideal starting point to begin your adventure. Perhaps it’s the excitement of the underwater world, deep sea fishing or sailing that intrigues you? Our Concierge will be pleased to assist you in planning the details of your excursions to make the most of your visit to Bahrain.

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    The Bahrain National Museum

    The Bahrain National Museum is the largest and one of the oldest museums in Bahrain which possesses a rich collection of Bahrain's ancient archaeologyical artefacts acquired since 1988, and covers 6000 years of Bahrain's history. This US$30 million complex includes three halls devoted to archaeology and the ancient civilisation of the Dilmun, while two other halls depict the culture and lifestyle of Bahrain's recent pre-industrial past.

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    The Bahrain Fort

    Bahrain's most prominent historical structure is located just a few minutes drive away from Kempinski. The Bahrain Fort or Qal'at al-Bahrain in Arabic, is also sometimes called the Portuguese Fort. Archaeological excavations carried out since 1954 have unearthed antiquities from an artificial mound of 12 metres height containing seven stratified layers, created by various occupants from 2300 BC up to the 18th century, including Kassites, Portuguese and Persians. It was once the capital of the Dilmun civilization and was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. Next to the fort is the site museum where lot of information about the history of the fort can be found.

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    Bahrain International Circuit

    The Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) is well known for hosting the annual Bahrain Grand Prix as well as local racing championships, drag racing and karting events all year round. Take a ride on the desert obstacle course with a 4x4, speed round the Kart Zone or spend an afternoon at one of their open track days.

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    Al Fateh Grand Mosque

    One of the largest mosques in the world capable of accommodating over 7,000 worshipers at a time is Bahrain's very own Al Fateh Grand Mosque. The huge dome built on top of the mosque is currently the world's largest fiberglass dome. It includes the National Library of Bahrain as well as an Islamic centre. Besides being a place of Islamic worship, the mosque is one of the prime tourist attractions in Bahrain. The mosque is closed to visitors and tourists on all Fridays.

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    Manama Souq

    The Manama Souq is a perfect place for shopping and will captivate you with possibilities for finding traditional key elements of the Bahraini way of life, with local arts and crafts, bags of spices in open air stalls, aromatic leaf tea and authentic shishas. During the cooler months the souq sometimes turns into a pop-up art gallery and market and even a concert venue, where young and vibrant Bahrainis display their fare and skills.

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    The Royal Camel Farm

    Down in Janabiya is the Royal Camel Farm which showcases the royal family’s collection of finest camels. If you’re feeling adventurous, camel rides around the farm can be arranged. Spend the afternoon exploring the beautiful animals in their natural surroundings. Open to the public every day.