Reflection in glass

The Bahrain National Theatre building is one of the most iconic in the country, blending modern and traditional architecture. This amazing structure is built on the side of a man-made lake within the National Museum complex and annually hosts a slew of national and international events.

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…

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…

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…

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…