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Riffa Fort
Riffa Fort
Riffa is located in Bahrain
Location in Bahrain
Country  Bahrain
Governorate Southern Governorate
Settled 18th century
Population (2010)
 • Total 121,566[1]
Time zone UTC + 3

Riffa (in Arabic: الرفاع‎, transliteration: Ar-Rifāʿ) is the second largest city in the Kingdom of Bahrain.[2] Riffa is divided into two parts; East Riffa and West Riffa. The city is mainly located in the Central Governorate, while smaller parts are in the Southern Governorate. Most of the city's inhabitants are Sunni Muslims.

The city is growing fast: at the 2001 census it had a population of 79,550 and in 2008 it had an estimated population of 111,000.[3]

East Riffa

East Riffa has many attractions, one such attraction is Royal Golf Club is considered as one of the top activities to do in the area.[4] A new development, created by Arcapita, called Riffa Views, is a large residential and commercial center.[5] The project includes artificial lakes, an international school,[6] commercial districts, supermarkets, and will have access to the recently opened Royal Women's University. Lulu Hypermarket is new addition to the rapidly increasing commercial centres in East Riffa.

West Riffa

West Riffa is predominately a residential area. Most of the ruling family, ministers and business investors live there. His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain lives there, as well as the Prime Minister, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa. Riffa’s famous clock tower is located in the centre of West Riffa.

East Riffa is home to Bahrain National Stadium, where most football matches and important sports events in Bahrain take place. West Riffa and East Riffa, each has its own football club and stadium.


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  2. ^ National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
  3. ^ World gazetteer
  4. ^ The Royal Golf Club
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