Destination Desert

Bahrain’s annual camping season has been well under way for the last few weeks and will continue until April. Traditionally, these few months, thousands of Bahrain’s families set up ‘camp’ in the vast rocky areas in the south of the country in an area they then call home. During those few months, enterprising businessmen set…

Chilled Out

As the weather cleared yesterday after more than two days of rain, the Bahrain skies presented vibrant colours coupled with a cool, ‘wintry’ feeling. Friday evening being the weekend, traffic was sparse on major highways (top) and there were not many people on the usually crowded Al Fateh Corniche (bottom), preferring to stay indoors on…

On a high note

A lone rider trudges past the ancient Bahrain Fort as the weather cleared after two days of incessant rain. The fort, said to be several hundred years old, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the scene of some intense development by the Culture Ministry to attract more tourists to the country.

Gentle giants

These camels are on “display” in Busaiteen, a part of Bahrain that is popular with those who want to be on the coast and enjoy the weather in the company of some of the country’s best-known feathered wildlife and the sea. I was a bit intrigued seeing around half a dozen in a barricaded enclosure…

Roots, shoots, offshoots

Traditional herbal medications have been successfully used for centuries the world over, especially in India, and these have cures for almost every illness. I was, however, taken by some surprise when I came across this “Herbal Madican” place in the heart of Manama. On inquiry, I was told by the doctor-cum-shopkeeper they had a cure…