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When you have been in a place long enough to have to get a driver's licence, you
have been there way too long. I had to get the Bahrain drivers licence before the
rental car company would rent me a car. So they let me drive it around for free
with no paperwork until I had a proper licence. Bahrainis are very nice and very
trusting. Or maybe since we were on an island they knew I could not go too far!
By the way, I learned in drivers education that in Bahrain you are not supposed to
leave the scene of a traffic accident. Well next time we won't ...
I have worked in Bahrain four times so far with stays there ranging from 4 days to 3 weeks
and I have also traveled through there and stayed in Manama on my way to Oman. Don't
go looking for your globe, Bahrain is in the Persian Gulf east of Saudi Arabia and west of
Qatar. Across the Gulf to the north is Iran. Because of its location, it has long been an
important trading spot in the Persian Gulf area.
The Kingdom of Bahrain is an Islamic country that is a very pleasant place to visit. The
main city in Bahrain is Manama which is a very modern city. Bahrain is connected to
Saudi Arabia by the King Faud Causeway, a very long bridge sitting low over the water.
We were working on a project with a bunch of Germans from Rohde & Schwarz which
was quite an experience in itself. Worked with Jurgen Koppitz and Albert Mack (thats
Mr. Mack to you!)
On the way to/from work each day, it was not unusual
to see camels in the road, crossing the road, beside
the road, etc. They did not seem to be too concerned
by car traffic.
These run wild but I think that most of them are owned
by someone and herded like cattle. There are just no
fences around so speeding tourists must watch out.
View of the beautiful Grand Mosque from my room
in the Gulf Hotel in Manama. This large mosque is
next to the sea and surrounded by hundreds of
I learned how to navigate the roundabouts - probably
here because of Brit influence. I was lucky that
Bahrain had the common sense to drive on the
right side of the road or I might have lost my new
Yet more camel pictures, seems like every day I had to stop and get a picture
In Manama there are date trees planted beside
many of the roads and walkways. I could see
strollers walk by and grab a handful of dates to
eat as they walked. I tried them but never
developed a taste for this free food.
One of the most popular walks in Manama is
beside the waterfront so you could see the
Gulf and eat your dinner at the same time.
A Bahrani Dinar
Bahrain Trips 1997 and 1998