Bahrain an island in the Persian Gulf
The Kingdom of Bahrain so far officially is a small island state in the western Persian Gulf. The island situated close to the east coast of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The island state consists of around 33 islands. In the north of the island situates the capital Manama with the major city center. In the south, there is mainly desert and salt lakes only. Bahrain has an arid climate.
The “King Fahd Causeway” a 26 km long highway. The causeway connects in the North the main island with the city of Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia. The causeway is a four-lane bridge with an artificial island on the halfway. This island is, in particular, the checkpoint between both countries.
The capital Manama
What makes the island famous is, of course, the Formula 1 racing course. The racing course locates around in the center of the main island. This area almost surrounded by desert.
As part of the Arabic world, the island has a long history as well. The Bahrain Fort Museum has an exhibition of findings, relics and artefacts from the past history of the island. The museum is easy to find in the northwest of the island. We spent quite a while to marvel the collections. The museum is not far from the Qal’at al-Bahrain ruins field. It is an archaeological site in Bahrain. The ruins hill was probably for a long time the main town of the island.
Like everywhere in the Arabic world Bahrain has also a souq. The Bab Al Bahrain is a building and the main gate to the Manama Souq. The souq is a huge area in the north of Manama’s old business district. Countless dealers offer their goods here. Spices, clothes and even gold are available.
Today the kingdom is a post-oil economy. Since the oil production almost finished the economy has transformed into a financial and banking centre. Up to the present time, the oil processing and postproduction is still a strong economic fact. That is obviously in the south of the island. There we passed many oil dwells and plants during our island trips.
We frequently visited the interesting Arabic island during our stay in Saudi Arabia. Because Manama offers a lot of places to enjoy Arabic lifestyle and hospitality.