Bahrain area guides: Amwaj Islands

Everything you need to know about these expat hotspot off the coast of Muharraq

Bahrain area guides: Amwaj Islands

Amwaj Islands is a group of six artificial isles off the coast of Muharraq. This is a popular spot for expats looking to buy and rent, and a great place to stay on any visit.

As the islands were only reclaimed in the early Noughties, everything here is new and luxurious – and the fact that there are so many waterfront properties is a definite bonus. This was also the first freehold land available in the Kingdom, meaning foreigners can buy homes here.

The area is far enough from the hustle and bustle of the capital city for it to be calm, but close enough to both the airport and Manama to make it an attractive location. Amwaj Islands were designed to be a real community – it has everything from healthcare facilities (Amwaj Medical and Wellness center), to a school (Choueifat International), and a supermarket (Alosra). There are also a number of hotels in the area such as the ART Rotana Hotel and Resort, the Grove Hotel and the Ramada Hotel and Suites.

In the centre of the islands is the Lagoon that has all the cafés, restaurants and spas you will want to visit while staying or living here. Along the waterfront you’ll find Lebanese restaurant Areesh and the Middle Eastern Veranda, as well as fast food spots such as Mooyah Burgers Fries and Shakes, Chili’s and Nando’s. If you fancy being active, you can also rent bikes and cycle around the waterfront. For those who prefer being pampered, there’s also the Argan Day Spa or the Dinora Rivera Beauty Salon.

Watersports are another reason to visit Amwaj Islands – it’s home to the Boating International Sea Services, the only recognised RYA training centre in Bahrain, and the centre also offers scuba diving classes and wakeboarding or waterskiing activities.

You can also rent a canoe or kayak to navigate the calm waters around the islands, or hire a boat at the marina to visit another island. The marina is a beautiful spot for a stroll, especially at night, and it’s the only place in Bahrain where superyachts can dock so you might just spot a celebrity on your visit.

Boating International Sea Services

You can go scuba diving or take part in a number of watersports through this cracking centre.
Amwaj Marina (3991 2828).

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