The Game is on

It’s finally happened. It had to. Petrol prices in Bahrain have today shot up 60 per cent – the first time an increase has been effected in 33 years – and all hell’s broken lose. A litre of gasoline now costs between 33 to 43 cents so one can imagine what it was earlier! Virtually…

Gem Job

Piles of empty oyster shells lie on the Sitra coast in Bahrain. Oysters are now ‘harvested’ by amateur fishermen who then pry open the shells to look for natural pearls. Though it is extremely rare these are found, sometimes someone does get lucky. Pearling, known to have occurred since 2000 BC, and once the mainstay…

Vintage Dhow

This run down fishing dhow lies at the Muharraq coast, perhaps reminiscing on the days when it proudly ruled the seas off Bahrain. Most fishing is now done on modern boats and dhows made of steel, aluminium and fibre. Some traditional wood and straw vessels are still afloat but these are mostly used for ceremonial…

Squeezing In

Construction workers take shelter under shrubs on a road divider after finishing their shift on a hot summer afternoon in Bahrain. As temperatures rise, it becomes more difficult for outdoor afternoon work, prompting authorities to ban such activity between noon and 4 pm throughout July and August.  

Trucks Tale Back

Trucks waiting to cross into Saudi Arabia from Bahrain have hit a traffic jam – again. The problem, reportedly driving companies to the verge of bankruptcy, has been ongoing since Ramadan last year when drivers had to spend days waiting in the open for their turn to get across. While the issue appeared to have…