Dating love in kingdom of baharain

Expedia has flights with Qatar Airways from Manchester via Doha from around £354.

On arrival, visitors must obtain a tourist visa for US (£9) and when leaving pay a BD3 (£4.50) departure tax.

Think restaurants that wouldn't look out of place in Notting Hill, plush beach resorts, reams of history (forts, ancient burial mounds and temples) - and sunshine.

BEAM DOWN The only non-stop flights to Bahrain are on British Airways (0870 850 9 850; com) and Gulf Air (08; from Heathrow.

Getting around Manama itself is relatively easy on foot, but you will probably want to hire a car for sightseeing around the island.

If you're dining in the district of Adliya - home to a cluster of stylish and very popular restaurants - have a pre-dinner cocktail (very good Margaritas) at Zoe, (00 90) contemporary New York loft in design.

DINING WITH THE LOCALS Mezzaluna (00 99) in Adliya (a little warren of streets with no names but the restaurants are well signposted) has been converted from an old Bahraini house.

Hertz (00 973 321 287), in the airport offers car hire from BD10 (£14.50) per day.

GET YOUR BEARINGS The Kingdom of Bahrain in the Arabian Gulf is made up of 33 islands, although most are just tiny rocky outcrops.

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