Bahrain has been a fast growing destination in the Middle East since the early 1990s. Tourist attractions include archeological sites, notably Qal-at Al-Bahrain (The Portuguese Fort), the National Museum, and the Heritage Center. In 2000, there were 3,868,738 tourist arrivals, almost 3,000,000 from other Middle Eastern countries, and tourism receipts totaled $469 million. Most visitors need a visa and valid passport.
The US State Department estimated the daily cost of staying in Bahrain at $271 in 2001.