Taking in the tradition

  Bahrain is rich in tradition. And the good thing is the government, and the people, are extremely pro-active in maintaining that tradition. While conventional methods of shopping in the open markets and the suq may have taken a back seat, what is thriving are the traditional street cafes in all parts of the country, particularly in the capital, Manama and the ancient epicenter of … Continue reading Taking in the tradition

The spice of life is not in tradition any more

Bahrain’s Spice Market may not hold charm for the local population any more but, tucked away in the lanes of the Old Suq in the capital, Manama, it is a must visit for tourists and visitors. The conventional ways of shopping have, in any case, taken a beating in the last few years with the advent of supermarkets and suq’s (traditional markets) have been among … Continue reading The spice of life is not in tradition any more

The archway at the Fort

Known as Dilmun in ancient times, Bahrain’s rich trading history is reflected in numerous archaeological digs around the island. Qalat al-Bahrain site (Bahrain Fort site) is among the most exciting of them and is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort is located atop a 17.5 hectare artificial hill that has been built while enduring over 4,000 years of continuous occupation. It is … Continue reading The archway at the Fort

Superman’s Bahraini

“Not only am I awesome, I’m Bahraini too” says a sticker outside this curio shop tucked away in the by-lanes of Old Muharraq Town. And, of course, one cannot help but notice a larger than life-size model of Superman, wearing the traditional Bahraini headgear. Maybe, the sticker should’ve read: “Not only am I awesome, I’m Superman – and Bahraini.” Source: Superman’s Bahraini Continue reading Superman’s Bahraini

Bahrain’s pearl project

Until a couple of days ago, I wasn’t even aware this place exists in Bahrain. However,  a visit to Muharraq’s Coast Guard base revealed the excavations and restoration that have been going on for years. The site is now in the final stages of completion and a new museum will open shortly. And this will throw light on the ancient pearling industry in this tiny … Continue reading Bahrain’s pearl project

Old, as always, is gold

One of the several old houses on Bahrain’s Muharraq Island, which are earmarked for complete renovation as part of a comprehensive Culture Ministry project to restore historical buildings. This particular mansion, one of the oldest, is visibly in a dilapidated state, with even its once majestic walls almost ready to give way. However, the intricate glass work on the doors and the ‘semi circular’ windows, … Continue reading Old, as always, is gold