This island nation in the Persian Gulf comprisies a small archipelago centered around Bahrain Island, situated between the Qatar peninsula and the north eastern coast of Saudi Arabia. The area is 92% desert, although there’s also 160 miles of coastline around numerous small islands. Our guide to running in Bahrain is focused on the main visitor areas of Manama, Seef, and Arad, with some nice waterfront path and beach options.
The best places to run in Bahrain center around the waterfront in Arad and Manama. We love the loop around the Arad Lagoon to the Fort. In Manama, a series of waterfront options can be run separately or strung together, starting at Marina Beach and including Bahrain Bay, Seef, Reef Island, and Bahrain Fort. Other good runs include Nurana Island and Al Jazair Beach.
For getting around Bahrain, vehicles are the norm, but there is a decent and expanding bus system. Note the weather in Bahrain can be very hot and the routes exposed. Run early or late, and take the right precautions.