"Pearl of the Gulf" Bahrain by american_tourister
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I lived there off and on for 6 years. I was young, full of *** and vinegar, and was ready to take on the world. Bahrain taught me to be more patient, polite, and tolerant.
I worked for Brown & Root and worked for a wonderful man named Bob Nerren. He taught me to be a leader, not a manager.
Working on land I was surrounded by people from many nations and with different religions. I learned to be respectful of others cultures and beliefs. It also caused me to come to the conclusion that those who would force their views and beliefs on others are not worthy of respect.
Working at sea (offshore construction) I saw how the sea was alive and vibrant. It teems with life and color. The stark difference between the land and the sea is immense. The Persian Gulf is warm and shallow and supports beautiful coral reefs, game fish, eels, sharks, lobster, octupus, etc.
I have a lot of warm memories of Bahrain and Bahrainis. They are the most hospitable and westernized of all the Gulf Arabs.
UPDATE June 2009
Since being assigned in KSA for the past year and a half I have been visiting Bahrain on a regular basis. It is still THE place to be in the gulf. Dubai may have the glitz but it does not have the character that Bahrain has.
Manama has something that almost does not exist anywhere in the rest of the Gulf. It has BEER! Folks come from all over to drink, find girls, and have a good time before they have to go back to one of the other repressive regimes to live and work.
I was there before the causeway to Saudi Arabia was built so my recollections are from those times. I imagine it must be much different now.
UPDATE June 2009
Since the causeway was built it is all this and more! It has become upscale in some areas and there are some first class entertainment venues. I have had some good Thursday nights there during the past year.
Bab al Bahrain (Gateway to Bahrain) has traditionally been considered to be the entrance to the city of Manama. Up until the 20th Century that was true as all fisherman and pearl divers went through here. Air travel has destroyed that tradition and Bab al Bahrain now serves as the entrance to the Souk (marketplace).
- In a nutshell:Get beer, take a swim in a hotel pool, unwind.
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