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.
I surprised myself today by visiting the Al Areen Wildlife Park. Having been in Bahrain for so many years, I found it rather strange I had never taken this place seriously and thought it was just another “haunt” for the country’s “weekenders”.
Needless to say, it was a revelation. Among other animals and birds, we came across several species of deer roaming around in the open.
These are just two of the pictures taken during the trip. But more will come. Watch this space!
The Bahrain Summer is finally here. It seemed like it would take forever to arrive after a rather prolonged winter but now that it has, it’s been quite sudden. And what’s strange is that there has been no spring because we’ve had temperatures suddenly shooting up to 28 degrees C from around 17 degrees C last week. This could mean only one thing – that we are in for a rather severe hot months, until at least the middle of October. Here’s welcoming the real Bahrain weather. The picnic’s over!