The birds are back

Migratory birds, that flock to Bahrain in the winters, escaping from the freezing temperatures in Siberia and other colder regions of the world, are omnipresent everywhere in the country, especially in the coastal areas. This particular spot, at the so-called ‘dhow graveyard’ in Muharraq, is one that is most frequented by these winged visitors and…

Nothing fishy about this

I spotted this roadside fish market quite by chance as I drove through an area where I seldom go. There, right next to a newly-constructed fishermen jetty in Hidd, was this place swarming with just about any kind of fresh catch. Over the weekend, we drove down and this is when we saw the wonderful…

‘Skeleton’ at the ‘graveyard’

I found this picture of a rotting and disintegrating dhow – resembling the skeleton of a dinosaur – in an area off the coast of Muharraq, Bahrain they call ‘The Graveyard’ for such craft as well as old fishing boats. Uncanny that it resembles what it does and at the location where it is!  

Dhow Art Abdulla!

I always wondered where the countless fishing dhows we see every day were made. This evening I got my answer on coming across one such traditional dhow ‘factory’, right there on the highway leading to the airport. I have earlier seen a similar factory but that churned out dhows made of steel sheets, which are…

Something’s Fishy

Garlands of fish are hung out to dry on a dhow at the fisherman’s “village” in Muharraq. I have seen fish being dried in their hundreds of thousands on the Mumbai coast in India but this was the first such “sighting” here in Bahrain. Strange as it might seem, I am sure the garlands were…