Riffa is the second largest city in Bahrain, and broadly divided into West Riffa and East Riffa. These two are the largest in the Southern Governorate. Riffa is one of the popular tourist destinations in Bahrain.
The East Riffa offers several attractions to visitors including the Riffa Fort (Sheikh Salman Bin Ahmad Al Fateh Fort), apart from numerous shopping malls to choose from. The two main shopping streets here are the Riffa Bazaar and the Bukuwara Street in the Royal Golf Club. The Riffa Views developed by Arcapita, is one of the large residential and commercial centers in East Riffa.
The East Riffa has more shops and markets than West Riffa. Arab and Jewellery costumes and perfumes available here are quite popular. The locality also has few Souqs, with Persian Carpets, Arabian perfume and Arabian oil being sold here. Riffa is also a good place to purchase gold, just like in Manama or other localities in Bahrain, and gold is available at good bargain.
There is a large shopping mall in Riffa, the Riffa Shopping Mall, wherein one gets to explore all branded items including shoes, glasses, garments, and a variety of other goods.
Playing Golf at the Royal Golf Club is one of the top activities for golf-lovers who visit this part of Riffa. Riffa also offers artificial lakes, commercial districts, international school, supermarkets, Lulu Hypermarket, and Royal Women's University. East Riffa also houses Bahrain National Stadium, which hosts several reputed football matches.
However, West Riffa is more of a residential locality, and majority of ruling family, including ministers and business investors occupy this area. The famous Clock Tower of Riffa is located at West Riffa. All major sports events are held in West Riffa. You can also take time out to visit the residences of the King of Bahrain, H.H. Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, and the Prime Minister, Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.