Manama isn't just towering skyscrapers and extravagant opulence. Behind this ultra-modern metropolis lies a more traditional and cultural side, which gives the capital of this island-state a unique and exotic feel. One of the oldest capital cities of the Gulf States, dating back to the times of Alexander the Great, the region was famous for its pearl-rich waters and commercial center, which are still influencing the city to this very day. Today Manama perfectly mixes modernism and traditionalism in a sole single blend. If you are looking for a more authentic feel of the city, you should head over to the Al Fateh Grand Mosque, the Bahrain National Museum, and the Beit al-Quran Museum. If instead, you want to immerse yourself in Manama's luxurious lifestyle then a trip to the Bahrain Financial Harbour and Wolrd Trade Center are a must. Finally, your visit to this lively metropolis would not be complete without a trip to the local souqs and the famous Bab Al-Bahrain souq, where you can experience Manama's very essence.