Hit the beach Bahrain’s first managed public stretch of shore
Time Out Bahrain staff
I’m loving this weather at the moment! You better be taking me somewhere outdoors... Of course we’re going outside! We’re going to Bahrain’s first-ever managed public beach, which is based in Diyar Al Muharraq.
Bahrain is an island. Surely there are LOADS of beaches? Funnily enough, there are not. There are a couple of public beaches, but these tend to be fairly litter-strewn. Not the kinds of places you head for a sunbathing sesh. Marassi Al Bahrain’s two-kilometre beach, on the other hand, is spotless, and open to the public for free!
I like free. So what’s going on? It’s had a bit of a lull in summer, but expect activities coming up, such as water sports, yoga and gym classes. Any day of the week, grab your towel and perch yourself on the shore, enjoying the stunning sea views and tasty food from the gourmet trucks.
Food trucks! Now we’re talking. What’s that about? Well, a cluster of food trucks are there from 10am to 6pm every day, selling a range of food, from burgers to healthy salads and everything in-between.
Nice! Now, I’m looking around and there seems to be a lot of construction going on... Yes, actually, Marassi Al Bahrain is only in phase one of development. There’s so much more to come!
Be more specific... The aim, we hear, is to create a classy, family oriented getaway for GCC residents looking for a short holiday, but don’t want to go all the way to Europe. They say it’s a “smart city for a future that combines tourism and a community of seafront living”.
Yadda, yadda, yadda. What does that actually mean?! Loads of entertainment and dining options, green gardens, ocean-facing residences and two world-class hotels.
Oooh. Which hotels? None other than The Address Hotels + Resorts and Vida Hotels and Resorts.
When will all that be ready for us to tour around? The first of its five development phases (what we just mentioned) will be finished by 2019. Until then, surf’s up!