Juffair (Arabic: الجفير‎) is a district situated in Manama, Bahrain. It was originally a separate village inhabited by Shia Muslims but it has been absorbed by the suburban expansion of Manama in the 20th century, and presently includes large parts of land reclaimed from the sea.[1] It is home to many hotels, restaurants, flats, and villas.[2]

Juffair
الجفير
Neighborhood
Juffair Starbucks
Juffair Starbucks
Juffair is located in Manama
Juffair
Juffair
Location in Manama
Juffair is located in Bahrain
Juffair
Juffair
Juffair (Bahrain)
Coordinates: 26°12′40″N 50°36′4″E / 26.21111°N 50.60111°E / 26.21111; 50.60111Coordinates: 26°12′40″N 50°36′4″E / 26.21111°N 50.60111°E / 26.21111; 50.60111
CountryBahrain
GovernorateCapital Governorate

It is also the site of Bahrain's largest mosque, Al Fateh Mosque, which houses the National Library.

HistoryEdit

In 1908, John Gordon Lorimer's Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf described Juffair as a village located on the northern tip of the cape of Juffair. It boasted 80 reed huts occupied by Baharna, cultivators and fishermen. The village was home to 15 pearling vessels at the time. A large clump of 900 date palms existed to the southwestern portion of the village alongside lucerne fields. A census of livestock showed 2 horses, 7 donkeys and 4 cattle at the time. [3]

A British naval installation known as HMS Juffair was established near the old Juffair village on April 13, 1935, in the area where ASU-SWA is located today.[4] In 1950, the United States Navy leased office space aboard HMS JUFFAIR from the British. In 1971, after their treaty expired, the British left Bahrain, granting the island total independence. The United States, through agreement with the Bahraini government, took over part of HMS JUFFAIR, renaming it Administrative Support Unit Bahrain, subsequently Naval Support Activity Bahrain. Many Westerners live in Juffair.

AmenitiesEdit

The offices of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Central Informatics Organization, Bahrain Society of Engineers, and the Bahrain Tribune newspaper are all located in Juffair. The Bahrain School and Modern Knowledge School are both also located in Juffair.

There is a new commercial road in Juffair (Al Shabab Road) that houses many restaurants and retail outlets, such as McDonald's, Chili's, Nando's, Asian Zyng, Dairy Queen, Hardee's, Starbucks, Abraj Grills, and Burger King, etc. Near the entrance of Juffair, there is a building called Murjan Shopping Center that has a large supermarket, a restaurant, Post Office, and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf coffee shop.[citation needed]

The American Naval Support Center is located Juffair.[5]


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Vacations Juffair — Bahrain, PlacesOnLine.
  2. ^ Bars & Clubs, TimeOut, Bahrain.
  3. ^ "'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol. II. Geographical and Statistical. J G Lorimer. 1908' [222] (245/2084)". Qatar Digital Library. 2014-09-30. Retrieved 2020-08-30.
  4. ^ Manama (Juffair), Bahrain (Al Manamah), GlobalSecurity.org.
  5. ^ "Naval Support Activity Bahrain". Military.com - Base Guide. Retrieved 20 January 2018.