Bahrain

Bahrain is the smallest of all Gulf countries. Tourists are attracted to this island state for its weather, unique mix of history, modern Arabian style, good shopping and minimal travel restrictions. From diving and water sports to some of the regions best museums and archeological sites, Bahrain has a lot to offer. The country has its own Formula 1 grand prix, vast air-conditioned shopping malls, uniquely designed skyscrapers and fabulous eating options. With its sizable expat population, a relaxed friendly atmosphere is felt everywhere.

The ancient civilization of Dilmun, which dominated trade between Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley, was centered here. The inhabitants of Dilmun have left behind settlements, temples and thousands of tumuli scattered around this tiny island.

The Bahrain Fort has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 2005. The Bahrain National Museum has a collection of artifacts dating back to the island's first human inhabitation 5000 years ago.

Beit Al Qur'an, one of the island's most distinctive pieces of architecture, is home to a rare collection of Islamic manuscripts, prints and books.