Bahrain’s desert is a very busy place in the winter but when people leave after a camping season lasting several months, they leave behind their furniture, tents and even (broken) televisions. This particular camping site must’ve been the place to be when in full flow a few months ago, complete with a nightclub and a DJ in attendance, plush sofas and carpets. Sadly, it’s up to the municipality to take what is now trash, away!
This is perhaps one of the world’s loneliest trees.
Bahrain’s Tree of Life, reportedly around 500 years old, is also number 6 in a list of the world’s seven most amazing trees.
The mesquite tree sits at the highest point in the barren desert, miles from the another natural tree and is thought to have tap roots reaching hundreds of feet down to aquifers.
The site, also recently home to a major excavation project, is a well-known tourist attraction, particularly in the winter, and a venue during the night of musical and dance concerts featuring some of the world’s best-known ensembles and theater groups.
These trees at Bahrain’s Zallaq beach on the country’s Southern shores present a rather desolate and depressing look on a hot but windy summer afternoon. Perhaps Bahrain’s only piece of land that resembles a regular beach, Zallaq is visited by hundreds of people every weekend who come there to get a feeling of being “at one” with the vast waters of the Arabian Gulf.
The authorities are now taking steps to further develop the area by setting up special facilities for picnickers as well as other visitors. Several chalets, which are rented out on a daily basis, have already come up while other infrastructure coming up.
Perhaps these trees will begin to “green” to co-incide with the conclusion of those plans!