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!
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These are some more pictures from the Al Areen Wildlife Park in Bahrain. Our visit last week was a revelation because we never expected so many varieties of birds and animals there.
Of particular interest were the scores of giant ostriches and several varieties of deer – including the Arabia Oryx, not to mention several species of duck, geese, storks and pelicans.
The park was established in 1975 with over 100,000 plants and trees and more than 500 animals including the Arabian oryx, which is almost extinct in the wild. Persian gazelle, Springbok, impala, fallow deer and Chapman’s zebra are the other attractions.
The reserve area is off-limits without special permission. Access to the park is by bus from the main entrance. This takes parties around a tarmac road from which you are able to get good views of a variety of Arabian mammals, some roaming free and others in pens.
There are also some African animals which remain from the first establishment of the park. Arabian species include scimitar-horned oryx, addax, Arabian oryx, dama gazelle, Nubian ibex, wild goat, Barbary sheep and Asiatic Onsager.
Wild bird species are also attracted to the park. Near to the administrative building is a walkway which gives close views of various species of birds and animals. Bahrain was perhaps the first Arab country to realize the rapid decline of many native wild animal populations in the region and the urgent need to carry out safety measures that could make sure their survival. The park was a response to a bid to conserve wildlife in the Middle East, with the hope it would promote similar projects in other countries.