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Fly to Bahrain for a unique look at the Middle East. This sun-soaked collection of islands is the perfect place to get your first taste of this exciting region.

Why go?

Rent a car in Bahrain, discover the highlights and find out why visitors return here again and again...

The Kingdom of Bahrain is a collection of 33 islands in the Arabian Gulf. Bahrain Island is the largest. Traditionally a pearl-diving centre, it was the first Arab country to discover oil in 1932. Bahrain today is a major financial centre and is famous for the Bahrain World Trade Centre and Formula 1 race circuit.

Visitors arrive here for relaxing holidays on the islands, for cultural breaks in the capital, for the year-round warmth and sunshine, and to see super-fast race cars whizzing around the track when the Bahrain Grand Prix takes place each year in spring.

Arrange car hire in Bahrain for pick up at Bahrain International Airport (BAH), on Muharraq Island, just off the northern tip of Bahrain and four miles from the capital, Manama. A handful of other car-rental locations can also be found across Bahrain; these are mostly in downtown areas. This might be a more convenient option for you if, for example, you wish to explore the capital for a few days on foot before discovering more of the island. You can select the most ideal collection point when you book cheap car hire in Bahrain well before you travel. Booking in advance is also the best way to secure the cheapest rates.

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Where to explore?

When you book car hire, Bahrain will reveal its most valued treasures. Read on to find out what to see and do...

A good place to start is the capital of Manama. The Manama souk is the largest of Bahrain's numerous traditional craft markets and souks. There is a dazzling collection of jewellery on sale at the newly opened Gold City.

Bahrain National Museum has a collection of treasures from more than 6,000 years of history. Museum exhibits include ancient burial mounds brought in from the desert. Visit the trendy Adliya district for its bars, cafés, restaurants, clubs and art galleries. Older houses in Adliya have been converted into galleries. The House of Beit al-Jasra, the birthplace of the current emir, is a restored traditional building just outside Manama, as is the 3,000-year-old Bahrain fort.

Bahrain car hire will provide a sturdy vehicle for visiting the interior of the country. See the Sar and A'Ali tombs at the town of A'Ali, just south of Manama, among a honeycomb of 170,000 ancient burial mounds. The Al Areen Wildlife Park on the edge of the desert has its own herd of Arabian Oryx.

Jabal ad Dukan - the Mountain of Smoke - is Bahrain's highest point and lies in the centre of Bahrain island, just over 16 miles south of Manama. Situated there is the Oil Museum, which stands next to the site of the first oil discovery well.

Take a break from driving and relax on a 40-minute boat ride around the Hawar Islands to see the dolphins and flamingos.