Bahrain- Part I

Last year, in the month of November, we went on a trip to Bahrain. It was a four-day trip. In this post, I want to tell you about the various tourist places in Bahrain and also share the pictures I clicked. Come along !!

Here is a very short introduction about Bahrain…

The Kingdom of Bahrain, is a country that has 33 islands. Manama is the capital of this country. The history of Bahrain dates back to the Dilmun Civilization (3rd Millennium BCE onwards). The word ‘Bahrain’ basically means ‘two seas’ in Arabic. As you all must be knowing, Arabic is the official language of Bahrain while English is used in the business sector. About Bahrain

On Day 1, we visited the places given below…

1. First Oil Well of the Gulf Region

The first Oil Well of the Arabian Gulf Region is located in Bahrain. This well is located below Jebel Dukhan (This translates to ‘Mountain of Smoke’. It is Bahrain’s highest point.) There is a stone pillar, placed near the oil well. On the stone pillar, it is carved that oil first spurted from the well on 16th October, 1931 and that oil was first struck on 1st June, 1932. There is also an Oil Museum near the well, but we could not go there as it was closed.

stone pillar
the oil pump

2. Tree of Life

In Arabic, this tree is called as ‘Shajarat-al-Hayat’. The tree is located on top of a deserted barren land that is similar to a small hill. The exact age of the tree is still a mystery, but it is believed that the tree is nearly 400 years old or more than that as well. Manama, is the nearest city and is nearly 40 kilometres away.

Tree of Life
branches of the tree

3. Dilmun Burial Mounds

These Burial Mounds are one of the Several Cultural Sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. In this place, the mortal remains of the people of the Dilmun Civilization were buried. These sand mounds were constructed between 2200 and 1750 BCE. There are almost 11,774 burial mounds in Bahrain. As the remains are buried under thick layers of soil, they are one of the biggest and proper evidence that the Dilmun Civilisation existed.

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4. King Fahd Causeway

The King Fahd Causeway is a 25 km long bridge as well as a highway that connects Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. The bridge is named after the Late King of Saudi Arabia, King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. We travelled from Bahrain to the border of Saudi Arabia on this causeway. On both sides of the bridge, we enjoyed the view of the Gulf of Bahrain, which looked like it was boundless to our eyes.

the causeway
View of Gulf of Bahrain

We also visited the ‘Al Jasra Handicrafts Centre’. I will be writing about it in my next post…


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