Facts and Data
Official Unesco Page
Unesco World heritage since: 2012
Size of heritage: 35,087 ha
- Buffer zone: 95,876 ha
The site consists of seventeen buildings in Muharraq City, three offshore oyster beds, part of the seashore and the Qal’at Bu Mahir fortress on the southern tip of Muharraq Island, from where boats used to set off for the oyster beds. The listed buildings include residences of wealthy merchants, shops, storehouses and a mosque. The site is the last remaining complete example of the cultural tradition of pearling and the wealth it generated at a time when the trade dominated the Gulf economy (2nd century to the 1930s, when Japan developed cultured pearls). It also constitutes an outstanding example of traditional utilization of the sea’s resources and human interaction with the environment, which shaped both the economy and the cultural identity of the island’s society.
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Hotels and places to stay
Elite Resort & Spa
Novotel Bahrain Al Dana Resort
Al Bander Hotel & Resort
ibis Styles Manama Diplomatic Area
Pearl Bahrain Suite
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Large airport - 2 mi (4 km) King Fahd International Airport
Large airport - 53 mi (86 km) Doha International Airport
Large airport - 90 mi (145 km) Jubail Airport
Medium airport - 93 mi (150 km) Al Ahsa Airport
Medium airport - 96 mi (156 km) Asaloyeh Airport
Medium airport - 150 mi (242 km) Jam Airport
Medium airport - 153 mi (246 km) Persian Gulf International Airport
Medium airport - 153 mi (246 km)
Bigger and popular cities in the wider vicinity are these:
- Al Ahmadi
- Al Khawr
- Al Wakrah
- Ar Rayyan
- Az Za`ayin
- Bandar Bushehr
- Bandar-e Ganaveh
- Bandar-e `Asaluyeh
- Madinat ash Shamal
- Umm Salal `Ali
These are some smaller cities that might be interesting. They are all rather close.