Bahrain National Theater
Bahrain National Theater which was opened in November 2012 under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, is the crowning achievement in the Kingdom's longstanding efforts to enrich and develop local culture for many decades as evidenced by a history full of achievements, including establishing the first school in the Arab Gulf area in 1925 and the first radio station in 1941, in addition to a large number of cultural halls and institutes. It is one of the largest theaters and the 3rd largest opera house in the Arab World after Cairo Opera House in Egypt and the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman.
Built on an area of about 12000m2 overlooking the sea, the 1001-seat theater is located between the sea and the Bahrain National Theater lake next to the Bahrain National Museum, the shimmering edifice symbolizes the link between land and sea.
Its unique architectural design and wood-covered interior walls draw inspiration from the famous tales of 1001 Arabian Nights. Its intricately woven ceiling is inspired by the ceilings of traditional Bahraini houses, with crisscrossing aluminum strips that allow light and air through. Inside, the auditorium's modern and delicate curves contrast with its elm-covered walls to resemble pearling dhows. In fact, its entire design draws heavily from the country's sailing traditions, with a surrounding courtyard that stretches to sea's edge, making the entire building look as if it is floating on water. The theater, in addition to the main auditorium and two balconies, also houses a smaller auditorium that can seat 100 people, as well as a café in front of the sea. Rising from the top of the building is a golden architectural element that illuminates the center of the glass façade.
The theater is the place to go to watch top global musical and theatrical shows, or just to admire its amazing architectural design. It hosted a number of global performances from some of the World's foremost artists, such as the Orchestra of the 21st Century of Russia, legendary composer Yanni, Spanish opera superstar Placido Domingo, the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Ballets from Russia, and Il Divo.