An oasis in the desert

Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka Park in Bahrain’s Awali township is one of the country’s greenest places. In the winter months, in particular, it is an oasis of beauty, tranquility and peace. Along with the beautiful fruit and flower plants and trees, it has fountains, an artificial lake, a mini zoo with exotic birds and…

Spoil Sport

Sticking with the subject of the (rare) rain in Bahrain, another casualty was (and still is), the country’s only real cricket ground – at the Awali township. Anything more than an hour of rain and the entire playing area turns into a huge lake which can sometimes takes days to come back to its original…

Missed Date

A couple of months ago, I had written on these pages about how Bahrain’s rich date crop was readying itself for the ensuing Ramadan and Eid and how there were plentiful supplies of a “fruit” so commonly consumed throughout the year in the Arab world, but in particular during the festivals. I had also posted…

Sun Flowers

These flowers manage to bloom in their full glory even in the extreme Bahrain summer conditions. As temperatures over the weekend crossed 44 degrees C in the desert, I found this very encouraging sight at the Princess Sabeeka Park in Awali. Though the flowers looked a bit “tired”, out in the open under the blazing…

Future Sense

While Bahrain is more than self-sufficient in oil and gas and has no worries at least for the next few decades, the leadership’s pragmatic approach has made sure there is heavy investment in harnessing the abundant wind and sunlight as well. This experimental wind and solar energy station in the Awali Township is the first…