Before the oil boom, Bahrain was mainly known for its pearls. Some of the finest pearls came from this area. Pearl diving was the main source of income for Bahrainies before the oil.

From the Wikipedia entry for Bahrain Pearling Trail:

The Bahrain Pearling Trail or Bahrain Pearling Pathway is a serial cultural heritage site inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2012. It consists of three oyster beds in the Bahrain northern waters, a segment of the coast and the seafront Bu Mahir fortress in the southern tip of Muharraq Island, and 17 buildings in Muharraq historical town connected by a 3.5 km (2.2 miles) visitor pathway. Though the Site was inscribed under the label: "Pearling, testimony of an island economy" by the Bahrain Ministry of Culture, the international media has consistently referred to it as the "Bahrain pearling trail".

Pearling, Testimony of an Island Economy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Modern Bahrain

View Manama Main
View of Manama, the main city in Bahrain. (769k)
Approaching Manama
Approaching Manama. (651k)
Manama Highrises
Manama Highrises. (698k)
Manama Highrises
Manama Highrises. (671k)
Manama Highrise
Manama Highrise. (615k)
Manama Highrise
Manama Highrise. (725k)
Street Old Manama
Street in old Manama with the Al Khawaja Mosque in the background. (706k)
Matam Ajam Al
Matam Ajam Al Kabeer Mosque. (1020k)
Al Fateh Grand
Al Fateh Grand Mosque. (677k)
Al Fateh Grand
Al Fateh Grand Mosque. (704k)
But Usa Food
But the USA food industry has reached Bahrain as well. (702k)
Falconry
Falconry. (803k)

Traditional Bahrain

Shaikh Isa Bin
Shaikh Isa Bin Ali Al Khalifa Mosque in Muharraq. (684k)
Shaikh Isa Bin
Shaikh Isa Bin Ali Al Khalifa Mosque in Muharraq. (641k)
Siyadi House House
Siyadi House. The house of Ahmed Bin Jasim Siyadi, a former eminent pearl merchant in the 19th century, is a beautiful example of Muharraq historic buildings. Its three story fa├žade features unique curved corners and beautiful stucco work. The house is part of the Pearling, Testimony of an Island Economy. (643k)
Beit Sheikh Isa
Beit Sheikh Isa Bin Ali Al Khalifa. This building was constructed around 1800 and is one of the finest examples of a traditional house anywhere in the Gulf. The chief sitting room downstairs was kept cool in summer by the down draft from the badqeer (wind tower), the shutters on which could be closed in winter. (586k)
Beit Sheikh Isa
Beit Sheikh Isa Bin Ali Al Khalifa. (621k)
Alley Old Part
Alley in the old part of Muharraq. (564k)
Elaborately Decorated Door
Elaborately decorated door. (392k)
Elaborately Decorated Door
Elaborately decorated door. (488k)
Elaborately Decorated Door
Elaborately decorated door. (747k)
Souq Bab Al
In the Souq Bab Al Bahrain. (731k)
Store Souq Bab
Store in the Souq Bab Al Bahrain. (882k)
Pottery Shop A'ali
Pottery shop in A'Ali. (785k)
Pottery Shop Right
The pottery shop is right next to one of the Royal Burial Mounds. (869k)

Weekend in the Desert

Tree Life Central
Tree of Life in central Bahrain. It gets very crowded on the weekend. (680k)
Weekend Zoo Around
On the weekend it is a zoo around the Tree of Life. (536k)
Weekend Around Tree
Weekend around the Tree of Life. (541k)
Tent Camps People
One of the tent camps that people visit on the weekend. (587k)
Tent Weekend Relaxation
Tent for weekend relaxation. (542k)
Weekend Relaxation
Weekend relaxation. (778k)
Sunset
Sunset. (542k)

Bahrain National Museum

Model Pearl Diving
Model of a pearl diving ship. (837k)
Pottery Important Ancient
Pottery was one of the most important ancient traditional crafts in Bahrain. (795k)
Pottery Display Museum
Pottery display in the museum. (819k)
Cuneiform Tablets About
Cuneiform tablets from about 1350 BCE. (740k)
Explanation Cuneiform Tablets
Explanation of the cuneiform tablets from about 1350 BCE. (699k)
Dilmun Seal Early
Dilmun seal from the early Dilmun period, 2100-2000 BCE. (730k)
Burial Clay Coffin
Burial in a clay coffin from the late Dilmun period (650-400 BCE). (659k)

Bahrain International Circuit

From the Wikipedia entry for Bahrain International Circuit:

The Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) is a motorsport venue opened in 2004 and used for drag racing, GP2 Series and the annual Bahrain Grand Prix. The 2004 Grand Prix was the first held in the Middle East. Beginning in 2006, Australian V8 Supercars raced at the BIC, with the event known as the Desert 400. However, the V8 Supercars did not return for the 2011 V8 Supercar season. 24 Hour endurance races are also hosted at BIC. The circuit has a FIA Grade 1 license.

Bahrain International Circuit
Bahrain International Circuit spectator area. (604k)
Vip Observation Tower
VIP observation tower at BIC. (656k)
View Race Course
View of the race course. (805k)
Race Cars
Race cars. (809k)
Race Car
Race car. (668k)
Racing Motorcycle
Racing motorcycle. (801k)

Oil Fields

Oil Field Several
Oil field with several pumpjacks. (693k)
Closer View Pumpjack
Closer view of a pumpjack. There were many pumpjacks that were standing still. My guide said that this is normal. The pumpjack stops working when its quota of oil is reached. The pumpjack that we were watching stopped pumping while we were there. (633k)
Closer View Pumpjack
Closer view of a pumpjack. (773k)
Natural Gas Being
natural gas being burned off. There is not enough to make it worth while collecting. (495k)
First Oil Well
First oil well from 1932. (680k)
Hundreds Tent Camps
There were hundreds of tent camps around the oil fields. (693k)
Temporary Tent Camp
Temporary tent camp in the oil field. (695k)
Pumping Oil
Pumping oil. (146.5M)

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