Arad Fort


This picture of Bahrain’s Arad Fort shows how much development has taken place in the last couple of decades. Now surrounded by large areas of heavy population, even until a decade ago, the fort ‘stood out’ with nothing around it for miles. One could then get a clear shot of the majestic structure and could…


Old Bahrain house

This is one of the oldest houses in Bahrain’s Manama area. Made in the traditional style, mainly out of mud and bamboo, this nearly 100-year old building had, until a few years ago, people living within its confines. It is only now that Bahrain’s Culture Ministry has taken it upon itself to renovate this and…


Old Glory

Bahraini girls play hopscotch in the old part of Bahrain’s Muharraq district.
Though Muharraq Island is considered to be the ‘original’ Bahrain, it had fallen on bad days in the recent past, thanks to the population growth and reckless urbanisation. However, in the last couple of years, the Culture Ministry has started several restoration projects, which are hopefully taking the old lanes and by-lanes, not to mention the ancient houses and ‘havelis’, back to their once glorious past.


Lunch time in Manama

This roadside restaurant does brisk business in Manama over the weekend. Hundreds of people, mostly men, eat at such stalls twice a day. Though it is highly cost-effective, with a full meal costing less than $3, the low price has nothing to do with the the rush of customers for whom it’s a tradition to…