There truly is no better place to spend your days in Bahrain than in a mall (if you exclude all the historic sites, the amazing food spots and seafront walks).
But with so many across the Kingdom, it can be difficult to know where to go, especially if you’re planning to spend a whole afternoon or evening there.
There are plenty of options, from luxury to convenience, and Time Out has rounded up six of the best.
Read on to find out more.
City Centre Bahrain
This is the biggest mall in Bahrain, and with 340 different stores you’re bound to find everything you need. There’s a Carrefour for your groceries (the first in the Kingdom), a VOX Cinema Cineco, and there’s even a Saks Fifth Avenue for all your designer goods.
Daily 10am-midnight. Road 4650, Manama (1717 7771).
Dragon City is very aptly named as this massive Chinese-themed shopping mall may as well be a mini city, complete with more than 700 commercial units and a 50,000 sq m market. The traders here are wholesale, and the owners, China Middle East Investment and Trade Promotion Centre, hope Dragon City will promote Chinese products in the region.
Sat-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Road 6347, Diyar Al Muharraq (3229 6366).
LuLu Hypermarkets turn even the best of us into little kids thanks to the size and quantity of goods on offer, so the fact that Juffair Mall has one inside is a huge draw. On top of this, it also hosts a Mukta A2 cinema, meaning you can stop off and enjoy all the latest Indian movies after a day of shopping.
Sat-Wed 10am-11pm; Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Awal Avenue, Juffair (1736 0088).
If luxury goods is what you’re after, MODA Mall is the best option. This shopping centre, located inside the iconic Bahrain World Trade Centre, has everything from Louis Vuitton to Dior. After a day of maxing out your credit card, head up to Maki for award-winning Japanese sushi.
Daily 10am-10pm. Bahrain World Trade Centre, King Faisal Highway (1721 1398).
Seef Mall is the second largest in Bahrain, but it doesn’t mean it’s second rate. Head here for more than 300 retail stores and seven department stores. For Brits missing home, make sure you visit the Marks and Spencer inside, and for everybody else, go anyway for high-quality goods.
Sat-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Fri 10am-11pm. Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Highway, Seef, Manama (7791 1113).
There aren’t many shopping malls in the world that come with a fantastic view, but The Avenues in Bahrain Bay certainly ticks all the boxes. Sure, the 130 stores inside are appealing, but what really makes this place a winner is the 1.5 km of seafront it curves alongside. Admire the view, without the sweltering heat.
Sun-Thu 10am-10pm; Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Road 4660, Manama (1715 1060).