In the capital city of Al-Manamah in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the incredibly popular Bahrain Gold Souq or the Bahrain Gold Market can be found. The so-called Gold Market is named because of its nearly unmatched gathering of gold, goldsmiths and craftsmen. Two of the most famous stores in the area would be the Gold Souk building and the Gold City building, both situated near Bab Al-Bahrain. This place is not only attractive to tourists and visitors because of its sheer quantity of gold and golden objects, but also because most items possess an amazing amount of value both in weight and in craftsmanship. Unlike many other gold retailers, the quality of gold found and sold here range as high as 21 to even 24 carat in purity. Located in the busy streets of Government Avenue, the souq is now host to an unbelievable array of merchants and retailers parading some of the finest-made gold products in the East.
A trip to Bahrain would certainly be incomplete without experiencing the sights, smells, and sounds of the souq. This place is like a melting pot of different cultures and beliefs, ranging from traditional Middle Eastern artifacts, a variety of foods and exotic spices, fragrant and enthralling perfumes and scented oils, electronic gadgets and bits and pieces of the modern technological world. Clothes, fabrics and textiles from across the globe, antiquities and collectibles, and of course, gold as the highlight of the busy market can all be found here.
Visitors may find just about anything related to gold in these historical, narrow winding streets. Jewelers and craftsmen in their stalls will undeniably offer you a sight that is incomparable. Thousands of shops and stalls display a myriad of golden trinkets, jewelries, accessories, and other frills. Handicrafts, souvenirs, and other treasures are abundant here as well. The best part is that prices are never outrageously expensive but rather affordable.
In the middle of all the gold, glitter and glamour, visitors will be able to notice the thriving culture and architecture of Bahrain. Immerse yourself in the picturesque setting of the souq, which is a brilliant jumble of trade and bargains. To fully enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience, it will be a good idea to try bartering or haggling a few times. You can get a feel of the locals’ friendliness and at the same time witness how business savvy the people are. You are sure to end up with spectacular finds with or without a large budget. At any rate, the challenge and excitement of bargaining is well worth the experience.
It is worth noting that observations by other tourists and visitors very much praise the quality of gold traded and sold here, stating with full confidence that almost all items are purely and finely-crafted. As a treat to yourself and your family, you can even have your gold items personalized with engravings after your purchase. That would truly be a special gift or memorabilia from an unforgettable visit to the Bahrain Gold Souq.