Bahrain clamping down on sin

Bahrain, which I visited 18 months ago, has long been a favored destination for Saudis and others in the Middle East – a sort of release valve where they can do wild and crazy things like go to the movies, or dine at a restaurant in mixed company (i.e., men and women sitting together! egad!).

Partying in Bahrain!!
Partying in Bahrain!! Source: Wall Street Journal

Of course, some folks take things a bit further, to include drinking and prostitutes, etc., but that’s the way of things.

I recall one night we got lost and ended up in this alley behind a shopping area. All of a sudden we found ourselves stuck in a traffic jam. Turns out, the liquor store was hidden away back there and it was packed to the gills.

Well, maybe this isn’t going to last forever as the Bahrainis are getting tired of being a city of sin destination. They want to shift from a bachelors crowd to a family entertainment destination – more respectable, plus added benefit of higher revenues per person, apparently.

All this is outlined in an interesting story in today’s Wall Street Journal “Upon Sober Reflection, Bahrain Reconsiders the Wages of Sin

Links for Bahrain

Here are some links with useful info, photos, maps, etc. of Bahrain.

 – Bahrain wikipedia page

 – Bahrain CIA Factbook page

 – ArabNet Bahrain page

 – Bahrain.com

 – Bahrain Economic Development Board

 – Bahrain eGov portal

 – BBC News Bahrain page

 – Bahrain weather: BBC & The Weather Channel

 – English-language newspapersGulf Daily News & Bahrain Tribune

 – Photo slideshows from flickr:  slideshow #1 & slideshow #2 (panoramas)

Upcoming trip to Bahrain

It looks I’ll be going to Bahrain in December for a month or so.

Bahrain is a small country in the Persian Gulf to the east of Saudi Arabia.  In addition to an international airport, a 16 mile causeway connects Bahrain to the Saudi mainland.  Here is a photo of the causeway landing in Bahrain.

 

King Fahd Causeway landing in Bahrain

Here is a map of the island.

 

Map of Bahrain

Here are some photos of what I’m likely to see.

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