In the heart of Muharraq, Bahrain’s former capital, the heritage site “Pearling, Testimony of an Island Economy” relates the unique legacy of Bahrain’s pearling era, through the architecture and the urban heritage of the old city of Muharraq as well as three pearl producing oyster beds in the northern territorial waters of Bahrain. Conservation works have been ongoing in the site since 2011 and currently, Nukhidhah House, the Pearling Path Visitor Centre, Bu Mahir Visitor Centre and Qal’at Bu Mahir are open to public visits. Please see the The pearling path in detail for more in-depth information
Walking the Path
The Pearling Path can be experienced and visited at any point of its 3,5km stretch that snakes through the old alleyways of Muharraq.
Visitors can choose to start their visit at the Pearling Path Visitors and Interpretation Centre, which sits in the heart of Muharraq at the entrance of the Qayssareyah Suq, and hosts an exhibition space with rotating exhibits on pearling history alongside a cafe and auditorium. The urban components of the Pathway, including the street lighting and 16 public squares have been completed and offer a unique chance to be guided through the old roads of Muharraq to rediscover the old pearling capital of the Gulf.
The following houses and sites on the path are currently open to the public:
Bu Mahir Visitor Centre and Qal’at Bu Mahir
open daily from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (closed on Tuesdays)
Pearling Path Visitor and Experience Centre
open daily from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (closed on Sundays)
Al Nukhidhah House
open daily from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm and from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm (closed on Fridays)