The Kingdom of Bahrain, is an archipelago of 33 islands in the Persian Gulf, east of Saudi Arabia. Renowned for its rich source of oil and pearl, Bahrain is regarded as one of the fastest growing financial centres in the Middle East. It is also often referred to as the “Middle East Lite” because it continues to retain the Persian Gulf heritage alongside its modern development. Despite having a liberal, modern and cosmopolitan society, Bahrain still has the remnants of over 5,000 years of ancient civilization making it an excellent place to experience authentic Arab culture and learn about its history. In addition to leisure activities such as golfing, pearl diving, horseback riding, and shopping, there are many forts and castles including Qal’at al-Bahrain which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that visitors can explore.
Qal’at al-Bahrain– Awarded the status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, Qal’at al-Bahrain is a very important archaeological site in the Arabian Peninsula. Qal’at al-Bahrain is an archaeological site consisting of four core elements: an archaeological tell, a sea channel, a sea tower, and palm-groves. A mere 20-minute drive from our Fraser Suites Bahrain, Qal’at al-Bahrain is an impressive cultural site that is definitely worth visiting. The archaeological tell of over 16 hectares is the largest in Bahrain and considered the most intact example of a continuous human stratigraphy from about 2300 BC to 16th century AD. Although only 25% of the site has been excavated over the past 50 years, a great number of residential, public, commercial, religious, and military structures have been discovered. These structures help to provide an insight to the site’s significance as both a trading port and a political centre over the past centuries. These archaeological finds have underlined the importance of Qal’at al-Bahrain in understanding the country’s history – Early Dilmun, Middle Dilmun, Late Dilumn, Tylos, and Islamic periods. Before the excavation of the site, historians could only find out about the Dilmun civilization, one of the most important ancient civilizations of the region, from the written Sumerian references.
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The earliest civilization on the site, dated to around 2300 BC, comprised of a small settlement, organised on oasis agriculture, hunting, and fishing. By virtue of Qal’at al-Bahrain’s strategic location, the ancient settlement rapidly flourished to become the capital and ancient harbour of the Dilmun civilisation. Strategically situated along the maritime trade routes between areas such as the Indus Valley and Mesopotamia, and China and Mediterranean, it served as a key trading point in the region. Given that Qal’at al-Bahrain was the key centre of the political and commercial activities in the Gulf region, it became the melting pot of different cultures, reflected in the diverse archaeological finds and structures which exhibit a range of languages, cultures, and beliefs.
Visitors would also be able to see the most outstanding fortification examples from the 3rd century B.C to the 16th century AD at Qal’at al-Bahrain. From 16th century till its abandonment, Qal’at al-Bahrain was dominated by the Portuguese who used the site for mainly defence purposes. A large and magnificent Bahrain Fort was built by the Portuguese on the top of the mound during this period. This fort was considered the most spectacular standing architectural monument on the site, and has lent its name (gal’a) to the entire site – Qal’at al-Bahrain. Today, the Bahrain Fort is still incredibly well-preserved. To have a better understanding of the rich history of this site, head to the Qal’at al-Bahrain Site Museum on-site.
Make Fraser Suites Bahrain your choice of accommodation. Located in the heart of the city with direct access to Seef Mall, this luxury Bahrain hotel is an easy stroll from leading businesses, corporate venues, designer shops, gourmet restaurants and first-class entertainment. Gaze through floor-to-ceiling windows at magnificent panoramas of the city’s skyline or Arabian Gulf. Relax in plush living areas, prepare meals easily in stylish kitchens, and enjoy state-of-the-art technology including free, fast WiFi. Whether you’re in Bahrain for business or pleasure, attending an event at Bahrain International Exhibition Centre, relocating to Bahrain or enjoying a family holiday in the Kingdom, Fraser Suites Seef Bahrain offers luxury and spacious accommodation in Manama to suit your needs.
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