This is what the Arad Bay Protected Area looked like this evening – dry, barren, dirty and not a bird in sight.
Normally, there would be scores of migratory and local birds swarming all over, whether or not the tide is there or not.
It’s not that our migratory friends have left for cooler climes because it’s not ‘summer’ yet in Bahrain so what could the reason be?
Is it pollution? Is there something in the Bay that has driven the birds away? Or is it just the ever-changing weather pattern that is the culprit.
Whatever it is, there’s something amiss. Someone should say what it is. Because this is certainly not the Arad Bay we know – and would not want to know.
The BD10 million natural sanctuary and park was opened by His Majesty King Hamad’s Personal Representative and Public Commission president Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa in January 2010.
The aim of the project was to turn the bay into a natural park for marine plants, fish, prawns and migratory birds.
The park includes Bahrain’s biggest walkway at 3km, pathways and gardens, in addition to children’s games, medical facilities and shops.