The Diplomatic Area (Arabic: المنطقة الدبلوماسية; transliterated: al-Mantiqah ad-Diblomasiyah) is an area that's located within the CBD of Manama, the capital city of Bahrain, an island kingdom in Persian Gulf.
The Diplomatic Area is Manama's financial district, housing hundreds of banks, investment firms and Takaful societies that serve the entire Persian Gulf. It is mainly composed of office blocks and government buildings.
Most of the government ministries like the Ministry of Industry & Commerce, Ministry of Works & Housing and the Ministry of Justice have their offices in the Diplomatic Area. The Central Bank of Bahrain is also head-quartered in the Diplomatic Area. The Diplomatic Area also houses the Public Prosecution and the court of Bahrain. Skyscrapers like the Bahrain World Trade Centre are located in the Diplomatic Area.
Bahrain National Museum is located in the Diplomatic District along the Manama bay. It is Bahrain's largest and most popular museum. Bait Al-Quran (The House of Quran) is also located in the Diplomatic Area. The House of the Quran was built to accommodate a comprehensive and valuable collection of the Holy Quran and manuscripts, a concept which is unique in the Arabian Gulf.
The Diplomatic Area also has shopping districts within. The Manama Souk is located in the area. It is Bahrain's Lower end shopping district, with triditional shops and coffee houses. A high-end shopping complex, Moda Mall at The Bahrain World Trade Centre is also located in the area. It houses 160 designer stores such as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Fendi, Gucci, Kenzo, Christian Lacroix, Lanvin, Max Mara, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Emporio Armani, Escada, Valentino, Bottega Veneta, Matthew Williamson, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Roberto Cavalli and more. The mall also features some of the finest jewelry brands including De Beers, Tiffany & Co., Boucheron, Chopard, Van Cleef & Arpels, Folli Follie, Cartier, Rolex, among others.