"Bahrain - The Two Seas" Top 5 Page for this destination Bahrain by MM212

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Of all the Gulf city-states I visited (Bahrain, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha), not counting Oman and Muscat, I found Bahrain to be the most authentic with a relatively thriving local culture, a contributing native population, and a sense of long history.

The country is an archipelago of islands just off the Arabian coast with a majority shiite population. Before the discovery of oil, Bahrainis were traditionally farmers and pearl fishers. Farming depended on the natural springs that are found on the island and under the water of the Persian Gulf. The name "Bahrain" means "Two Seas" referring to the salty and fresh water "seas" surrounding the islands.

Bahrain is not as rich in oil or natural gas as its neighbours and is thus much more modest. In the 1970s, it gained from the demise of Beirut during the war to become the uncontested financial centre of the middle east. The country, therefore, developed much earlier than its neighbours and for the longest time was the place to be in the Gulf, the most liberal with the best infrastructure.

In the '90s, when oil prices hit record lows, the entire region, Bahrain included, remained somewhat dormant, until... Dubai emerged and surprised the world with its accomplishments, serving as a wake up call to its sister cities. With Dubai now aiming to be THE financial centre in the region, and Doha chasing after Dubai -- not to mention Beirut returning to the scene -- Bahrain has awoken to a frenzy of competition. The island has suddenly rushed to launch a number of projects aimed at retaining its title. We shall see who prevails...

Latest visits to Bahrain:
Feb 2008
Jun 2008
Oct 2008
Nov 2011 (driving through)
Nov 2012 (2 nights)
Feb 2013 (1 night)
Apr 2014 (2 nights)
Nov 2014

  • Last visit to Bahrain: Nov 2014
  • Intro Updated Nov 19, 2014
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  • ettiewyn's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2011 at 3:05 AM

    Thank you for this interesting page, Bahrain looks like a fantastic place to travel!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Hi interesting tour here thanks with good photos. I visited Kuwait last year which has its similarities. and a few differences of course?

  • call_me_rhia's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    i came back looking for inspiration.. and restaurants...

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Aug 10, 2007 at 8:22 PM

    Thoroughly enjoyed these pages - fascinating history. Thank you for a great tour. Will return often. Ciao, Carol

  • vesna04's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2007 at 5:59 AM

    Interesting and well writen page. Regards.

  • Tijavi's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2007 at 10:17 AM

    That Bahrain is most authentic is a bit of surprise for me. Then again, I've never been to Bahrain. Those were freaky displays indeed!

  • norain's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2006 at 7:23 PM

    tks for info. nice page :)

  • magor65's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2006 at 12:39 PM

    I doubt whether I'll ever visit Bahrain (doesn't mean that I wouldn't like to) but I've read your tips with great interest. Well done...

  • Sep 22, 2006 at 11:40 AM

    I lived in Bahrain for 3 years and really miss it. Its a wonderful place: your pages reflect that. Its changed alot....the photos of the world trade centre are amazing. I hope it doesn't become too much of a building site like Dubai. Thanks for posting.

  • triplehelix's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2006 at 2:31 PM

    bahrain must get flooded with the poor saudi's who need alcohol lol. looks like a nice crossroads of persian/arabian culture.

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