Bab Al Bahrain

The Gateway

This was once the gateway to Bahrain – the ‘main door’ – from where everyone entered the island kingdom, also called Bab Al Bahrain – entrance to Bahrain. That was, however, until the early 1960’s, after which gradually, things began to change and reclamation became the order of the day. I once met an elderly…

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Not kite the way!

I took some pictures of kite-flying enthusiasts playing with what they now call kites. Made of plastic and fibre, with fibre strings as well, these ‘birds’ just fly in the wind, with no skill involved and no sense of adventure. Compare this with the days when we indulged in this sport (yes, it was SPORT…

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Relic reborn?

This is perhaps Bahrain’s first hotel, how fallen on bad days like so many other heritage sites. The Bahrain Hotel came into existence in the 1940’s and was once a luxury address, situated right at the waterfront on the Manama Harbour. Those were the days when 90 per cent of the visitors to Bahrain came…

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It’s orange and it’s a HIT!

This is my ‘take’ on the famous Muharraq bicycle, a ‘must’ on the list of any tourist visiting Bahrain. I have seen this photograph on many blogs but had never seen it in real even tough we stay just a couple of kilometers away. It’s just an ordinary cycle but it’s painted orange for some…

Living it up

This is such a common sight in Bahrain. Friends and relatives gather on the coast to share gossip, chat, and just make the most of life. These gatherings – or majlis as it is called – are very happy places where children of the household often join in as well to spend evenings together. Arabic…

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Close shave

One of Bahrain’s most famous places – the ancient Muharraq Suq – has lived to see another day after a devastating fire, thanks to timely intervention by the country’s Civil Defence services. However, in spite of their prompt action – saving the entire area from being reduced to nothing – four of the area’s best-known…