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Arad Fort

Arad Fort, Muharraq, Bahrain

Arad Fort lies on the northeastern corner of the Kingdom of Bahrain, in the town of Arad, on Muharraq island, which was the capital of the island kingdom until 1923. The name “Arad” possibly comes from a Roman word for Bahrain, “Arathus,” which was used by the Egyptian-Roman writer Ptolemy in the second century CE. From […]

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Touring Bahrain Fort in Seef District

We recently headed to Bahrain and stayed overnight in the capital, Manama. It was mostly an opportunity for me to enjoy some well-earned rest and relaxation, and a chance to unwind after an intense couple of weeks in the office. It was also my birthday and my family and I wanted to try the Sato […]

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Discovering Hilltop Riffa Fort, Bahrain

Since I had some time off from work for the Islamic holiday of ‘Id al-Adha I took my family to Bahrain for four days. I was a little apprehensive about driving there because on previous visits I had always taken a bus. Since I had witnessed the chaotic rush of traffic as it squeezes through […]

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Currencies in use in the GCC countries

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries consist of six Arab countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. These countries are located in close proximity to each other across a relatively small area, alongside the Arabian Gulf (or Persian Gulf, as Iranians call it). Many travelers are likely to visit more […]

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Day trip to Bahrain, May 2, 2013

I went to Bahrain today with a Saudi friend. In the morning we crossed the King Fahd Causeway from Saudi Arabia, negotiating the customs and passport control checkpoints in about an hour. We headed first to the Bahrain Mall, a small shopping mall in the capital, Manama. The most beautiful feature of the mall was […]

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