The kingdom of Bahrain located on the Middle Eastern archipelago of the Persian Gulf and tucked into the small pocket of the sea and guarded by the Qatar and the Saudi Arabia is an oasis of social liberalism. The country is known for its authentic Arabness which attracts like-minded tourists. That is perhaps one main reason why I wanted to explore the nation, for it not just follows the rules of its ethics, and never thrusts them upon the travelers As a single women traveler in Bahrain, I enjoyed the social and shopping culture here and let me go ahead in sharing my travelling tips for other solo females in Bahrain.
All about Bahrain:
Most females resist Bahrain travel for its stringent rules on females, but in reality it is a truly fascinating country that is rich in culture, history and is loaded with ample tourist spots. There is a vast cultural difference and attitudes towards women here but with some respect for their culture and the differences in religion, I was able to have a fairly good time in this Middle East country.
Attitudes towards solo female traveler:
The position of women in most Muslim countries depends on the Sharia Law and it is unusual for women travelling alone here without her family. And it is true that women have clearly defined roles to play in this society. Most women here are covered up almost at all times and are not allowed to operate vehicles. Women are expected to be reserved here and single women travelers are required to maintain the same behavior in this land. It is tough for a solo traveler to meet local women or befriend them as ladies are hardly seen alone in public. I did feel a great sense of loneliness in restaurants and male dominated public places.
It is good not to indulge in Bahrain travel with a man, for it feels awkward here and there is a lot of gender segregation in this country. Male and female have to sit separated in public convenience and there are many women only zones in restaurants, cafes and parks.
Tourist Spots in Bahrain:
There are ample things to do in Bahrain for solo females the Bahrain fort that is located on the northern shore is just few minutes’ drive from the Manama city. The place has lots of signage, exhibits and furniture to offer; but remember driving by a female is strictly restricted here and we are always expected to be under the guidance of a male driver. The Bahrain museum, with loads of Islamic artefacts, the Abu Mahir Fort located at the Muharraq and the Arad Fort are worth Bahrain tourist spots to visit.
Safety tips for women travelling alone:
- It is good to avoid isolated places at late hours, as that with any country.
- Understanding their cultural significance is vital, gazing at the eyes of a man or smiling could be regarded as sexual advancements here.
- It is good to avoid being friendly and there are no chances of being harassed by a male here if we concentrate on our own work.
- Trying to be rude and creating a fuss are best ways to neglect men and to exit from an uncomfortable situation.
- Blonde haired women are more attractive than those with dark hairs, it is good to cover the head with a hat or scarf here.
Public displays of affected are discouraged in Bahrain, and with these simple tips solo women could enjoy a great deal here. For more news and information of this, visit joguru.com.