Dhow Art Abdulla!

I always wondered where the countless fishing dhows we see every day were made. This evening I got my answer on coming across one such traditional dhow ‘factory’, right there on the highway leading to the airport. I have earlier seen a similar factory but that churned out dhows made of steel sheets, which are…

Something’s Fishy

Garlands of fish are hung out to dry on a dhow at the fisherman’s “village” in Muharraq. I have seen fish being dried in their hundreds of thousands on the Mumbai coast in India but this was the first such “sighting” here in Bahrain. Strange as it might seem, I am sure the garlands were…

Noha’s Ark ?

This is what Noah’s Ark might have looked like. Well, not exactly but this scene was quite unusual in modern-day life. Scores of these winged creatures had perched themselves on this ramshackle fishing dhow off the Arad coast of Bahrain this evening just as the sun set on yet another cold and windy winter day.…

National Pride

With Bahrain’s National Day (December 16) and His Majesty King Hamad’s accession to the throne anniversary (December 17) round the corner, several ingenious ways of showing loyalty to Bahrain’s leadership have once again come up. This traditional fishing dhow, set up with pictures of His Majesty, the Prime Minister and the Crown Prince is the…

Sailing ahead, finally!

For the first time this evening, I came across a dhow-making yard (above) in Bahrain, complete with slipways and other infrastructure one would normally see at a large shipyard. While it wasn’t surprising to see the dhows (traditional fishing vessels) being manufactured were primarily of steel with a smattering of wood, what caught my eye…

For the love of the plate!

A traditional fishing dhow pictured through a steel-wired fishing trap it carries to grab the catch for the day. Scores of such dhows sail every morning and evening from several of Bahrain’s fishing harbours to stock the country’s fish markets. These dhows, manned by a crew of mainly Indian and Bangladeshi fishermen, are sometimes at…

Fishing for the perfect shot

It was high tide, very windy and a rough sea that greeted me this evening when I went to Hidd with my camera. So if I had hoped I would get some great pictures in favourable weather conditions, I was mistaken. It was far too windy and dreary to get a perfect shot of almost…