Bahrain Traditional Houses

Abdullah Al Zayed House for Bahraini Press Heritage


The newly restored 100-year old building opened in November 2003. Being the house of the founder of the first weekly newspaper in Bahrain and the Gulf, the house is dedicated to the preservation of Bahrain's press heritage and at the same time preserves part of the country's unique architectural traditions.




Al-Jasra House


Al-Jasra House (Beit Al-Jasra) which is located in the village of Al-Jasra, is a traditional style house built in 1907. It was restored in 1986 using old-style building materials such as coral stones and palm leaf trunks..




Bait Khalaf


Which is one of the unique traditional houses of Manama's pearl merchants, presented by Khalaf family.





Bin Faris House for Sut Music


The Mohammed bin Faris Sut Music House was opened on 12 September, 2005 as a museum commemorating the achievements of the Bahraini singer and musician Mohammed bin Faris, who was a master of a type of music that originated in the Arabian Gulf region, the Sut. Through his own compositions and mastery of the art form, Mohammed bin Faris brought Sut music to new heights and gave it a particularly Bahraini form.




Bin Matar House


The Bin Matar House was built on reclaimed land in 1905 and at the time was surrounded by the sea on three sides. Supervised by the Bahraini master builder Mussa bin Hamad, the building was constructed in a traditionally Bahraini manner, using palm tree trunks, sea-stone and gypsum. The building was initially used as the permanent seating places (majlis) of Salman Hussein Bin Matar, one of Bahrain's most prominent pearling merchants. Even as the building was eventually used as a clinic for the famous Dr. Banderkar and home of the Al Eslah Club, the top floor was retained as a residence by the Bin Matar family until 2002.




Ibrahim Al Arrayed House for Poetry


The Ibrahim Al Arrayed House of Poetry was built in the mid-20th century in the Bahraini colonial style. It was located on the famous Palace Road, leading directly to the Shaikh Hamad palace. Ibrahim Al Arrayed acquired the building and lived there until the late 1970s.

The Ibrahim Al Arrayed House is dedicated to the art of poetry, which plays a central cultural role in this region. It is named after the famous Bahraini poet Ibrahim Al Arrayed, who was Bahrain's foremost figure in poetry and literature for over half a century. Opened on 3 April, 2006, the House of Poetry has become a cultural center for events relating to poetry. It also houses a large collection of books and works by the foremost figures in the field of poetry of the region, forming a base for researchers and lovers of poetry.




Kurar House


Kurar is a form of embroidery using a golden thread. The Kurar ribbon is created amongst a minimum of three women at a time and immediately embroidered onto a garment. After the Kurar ribbon is completed and sown onto a garment, it is burnished to give it its characteristic shine and final touch. The Kurar House was established on 12 March 2007 to preserve the dying and unique Bahraini art of Kurar embroidery. The building provides a venue for elderly Bahraini ladies to pass on the art of the Kurar to younger generations.




Nukhidhah House


The Nukhidhah house is one of the houses of the "Pearl Walk", as a part of the project "Pearling and its cultural landscapes in Bahrain".





Shaikh Ebrahim Bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa Centre for Culture and Research


On 12 January, 2002 the Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Centre for Culture and Research opened its doors once again as a forum for debate and exchange on current cultural, social and political issues. Built on the land of the original seating places (majlis) of Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, the current building is a modern reconstruction.




Sheikh Isa Bin Ali House


The House of Sheikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa was his residence and the seat of his government. This beautiful house offers insight into the royal life in the 19th century. It consists of several rooms arranged around four courtyards and characterized by its wind towers. It is considered one of the most impressive example of Gulf Islamic architecture on the island.




Siyadi House


The house of Ahmed bin Jasim Siyadi, a former well-known pearl merchant in the 19th century, is a beautiful example of a historic style building that Muharraq is known for. Its three story façade features uniquely curved corners and beautiful stucco work. The house is part of a larger complex of buildings that contain a mosque and seating places (majlis). The house is included in the "Pearling: Testimony of an Island Economy" project and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012.