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While not historically the most-visited international touring spot, Bahrain is on the up, and it merits a mention in any arena guide due to its Al Dana Amphitheatre – an architecturally sublime, fan-shaped outdoor venue for 9,841 spectators, next door to the Bahrain International Grand Prix Circuit on previously virgin desert land.
Designed to the highest of international standards, the Al Dana offers almost universal wheelchair access, a roof designed to mimic the profile of the mountain range behind, a 1,700m2 bar/lounge, and a VIP desert garden with bonfire pit. Eric Clapton opened the amphitheatre in 2013 and has been back since the pandemic, along with Kings of Leon, Ahlam and, in October 2022, Justin Bieber.