Tours

For those delegates wishing to explore the Vegas of the Gulf during Friday’s lunch break, there are a number of exciting tours lined up for your enjoyment.

Depths of Bahrain

The first, departs from the hotel, with the first destination being the National Museum. Here you can see many interesting relics of Bahrain’s past, ranging from life-size models of dhows to demonstrations of traditional handicrafts enacted by frighteningly lifelike figurines to the Bahrain’s first automobile (belonging, like much else, to the ruling clan). Then the next port of call is Qalat-al-Bahrain (Bahrain Fort), a place of archaeological interest and a UNESCO World Heritage site located on a picturesque beach with an adjoining museum. The main attraction is the Portuguese-built fort, but there are plenty of other curiosities, with digs unearthing remnants from several Persian dynasties and the pre-Islamic Dilmun civilisation, of which this site was once capital. The next attraction is the Royal Camel Farm, which provides an excellent opportunity to view these majestic creatures (of the dromedary variety) close up. To follow comes the Al-Jasra Handicrafts Centre, which is a state-run exhibition of several traditional Bahraini crafts, predominantly focusing on textiles, pottery, and basket weaving. Close by is Al-Jasra House, an excellent example of traditional Arabic architecture. This stately home was built in 1907 in the pre-oil era and restored using wattle-and-daub walls and traditional materials such as coral tiles and palm tree trunks in the 80s. Within one can see a slice of life in the Gulf as it would have been a hundred years ago. That concludes the trip, upon which the group will return to the BritMUN venue.

Destinations

  • Bahrain National Museum
  • Qal’at Al-Bahrain
  • Royal Camel Farm
  • Al Jasra Handicraft Centre
  • Al Jasra House

Culture Ashore

The second tour also departs from the hotel and first visits the National Museum, followed by Qalat-al-Bahrain. Refer to option A for what these fascinating destinations have to offer. After this dive into the past, the trip veers firmly into Bahrain’s cosmopolitan present with a visit to Amwaj Lagoon, the heart of Bahrain’s bustling Amwaj district. An artificial archipelago built on reclaimed land, these shimmering isles nestled in the turquoise waters of the Persian Gulf provide a multitude of retail-satisfaction opportunities for docile consumers like yourselves and the experience the cafe life. Walking distance from this veritable Eden is the Amwaj Marina, where one can see the docking-places of the preferred method of transport of Amwaj residents; boats. After the dreaded yet inevitable heart-rending departure from this Arabian Xanadu, the trip will conclude in the Azizia Bird Kingdom, where one can witness a glorious host of our feathered friends. Finally, the group will return to the BritMUN venue.

Destinations

  • Bahrain National Museum
  • Qal’at Al-Bahrain
  • Amwaj Lagoon
  • Amwaj Marina
  • Al-Azizia Bird Kingdom