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 the project is scheduled to be completed by 2020. Currently, Qal’at Bu Mahir, Al Ghus House and Nukhidhah House and the Pearling Path Visitors Centre 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. However, to get the best introduction to the path and all its sites, visitors are encouraged to start their visit at the Bu Mahir Fort and Bu Mahir Interpretative centre.
The Bu Mahir Fort can be reached via a boat taxi service that leaves the National Museum of Bahrain every half-hour between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, except on Tuesdays. Advanced booking is recommended by calling the Bahrain National Museum at 17299860.
By the end of 2019, the Qal’at Bu Mahir will be connected by a pedestrian bridge to the rest of the Pearling Path and will enable visitors to walk from the southern coastal point of the path to the northern tip at Siyadi Majlis. In the meantime, visitors can return to the National Museum by boat and continue their visit to the path in Muharraq.
Visitors can also 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 17 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:
Qal’at Bu Mahir and Bu Mahir Visitor’s Centre
open daily from 10:15 am – 4:30 pm except on Tuesdays
Pearling Path Visitor and Experience Centre
open daily from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm except on Wednesdays
Al Nukhidhah House
open daily from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm except on Fridays