The Riffa Golf Course is an oasis in the sands


Enjoy tee-time at the golf course.

The recently opened Riffa Golf Course has come as an answered prayer for many of the sportís fans in the region. Set in the Riffa Valley with the 19th century Riffa Fort as a backdrop, the 18-hole championship standard grass course is designed to be challenging but fair.


Have a splashing time.

Watersports have always been popular in Bahrain, and ideal weather conditions mean it is an activity you can indulge in right through the year.

If you are interested in water-skiing, windsurfing, sailing or yachting, you can approach any of several clubs, many of which also have special classes for beginners.

Regular competitions are also held in the various sports, and visitors are welcome to join in.

You'll fall for this - hook, line and sinker!

Who doesn't enjoy spending a lazy afternoon fishing? What makes it doubly rewarding is that the catch can be quite good with hamour, grouper, chanad and barricuda inhabiting the waters. Arab World Tours (tel 9637737) organises special fishing expeditions for tourists.


Go ice-skating (yes, you read that right)

Ice skating might seem like an unlikely sport in a desert country, b ut the rink at Funland (tel 292313) is, in fact, a big draw with Bahrain's residents. Skates can be rented and there is a professional instructor for beginners.


Let Arabian horses send your pulse racing.

Arabian horses are among the world's most prized breeds and a day at the Sakhir race course explains why they are so highly rated.

Races are held every Friday from October to March, and typically attract 3,000 to 5,000 fans.

Feel the excitement of Formula-1.

Motor sports have always been popular on the island, and interest is set to go into high gear when Bahrain becomes the first Middle Eastern country to stage a Formula-1 race in April 2004.

If you are a motor sports fan and can't be there for the big event, you can still enjoythe regular weekend drag races.

Not quite Formula One, but the souped-up vehicles provide their fair share of thrills and spills.

Call the Bahrain Motor Club on 686295 for details.


Run - just for fun.

Bahrain Roadrunners (tel 756568) and Bahrain Hash House Harriers (6694684) organise regular competitive and fun runs. Races include the Predictor, with the winner being the one who most accurately forecast his or her finish time.


Have a wheel of a time at chariot race.

Once a year, the Rotary Club stages the Charity Chariot Chase, where teams race each other in specially designed chariots. No animals are harmed during the staging of this charity production - the chariots are drawn by team members. If you happen to be in Bahrain when the Cha-Cha-Cha is held, you might want to go and watch what is guaranteed to be a fun event.

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If you like your daily run, here is a good long route that doesn't cross any streets. You can get in an eight-mile run, starting at the Ritz Carlton Hotel and along the waterfront to the Sail Bridge (towards the airport) before heading back. Heat is not a problem in the winter. In the summer, try to get out as early as possible. Always carry lots of drinking water.