The best things to look forward to in the next 12 months
Time Out Bahrain staff
Loaves and fishes Try the bread at Saar Bakery, it’s some of the best on the island and there’s always a queue. It’s about 300m on the right into Saar Village from the crossroads. When you come out stop and buy some fish from the roadside fish seller, always fresh and good value.
Flashes and bangs Check out the finally-opened laser tag arena at Ozone in Sitra where you can strap on the special laser-sensitive jackets and indulge your inner starship trooper taking on your mates in a future-style laser battle. If you lose there are other games to try (17 749 499).
Engines and drivers Bag a paddock pass for the Gulf Air Forumla 1 Grand Prix. You’ll have the chance to see the pit lane action and garages, wander around backstage, as it were, and catch some off-guard driver moments. If you don’t know someone who can blag you entry, check out www.grandprixevents.com/f1-races/bahrain/paddock-club-bahrain but be warned, it’s not cheap!
Birds and sea cows Visit Bahrain’s Hawar Islands a natural habitat where you’ll see rare and protected bird species as well as one of the world’s largest colonies of Socotra cormorants. The waters around the islands are a winter feeding ground for the incredibly shy sea cow or dugong, which makes a dive or boat trip a must. There are plans to develop the area so go before it’s gone. Book Hawar Islands accommodation through the Southern Tourism Company. Boat BD10, from Ad Dur (near the refinery past Isa Town) bring CPR or passport (17 311 770).
There and gone Take a trip to the disappearing tidal island of Jarada. You’ll need to go at the right time or you’ll miss it! Trips can be booked from Coral Bay with full service or just the boat included. (17 312 700).