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Frequently called the Pearl of the Arabian Gulf, Bahrain is an archipelago of 33 low-lying islands located in the heart of the Gulf, and offering a blend of ancient and modern.This is a place where modern skyscrapers share the landscape with majestic mosques, embodiments of Islamic art, culture and architecture.Rich in history, Bahrain was once part of the ancient civilization of Dilmun and served as an important link in trade routes between Sumeria and the Indus Valley as long as 5,000 years ago.Manama is Bahrain's modern capital, and is dominated by a Manhattan-style skyline.She was very down to earth with conversations with everyone. We also visit the Kuwait Maritime Museum with its excellent insight into the seafaring heritage of Kuwait.Favorites were: Tareq Rajab Museum in Kuwait, visiting the Grand Mosque in Bahrain, in particular due to the young woman who patiently explained Islam (in brief) and answered our questions, Bahrain's excellent National Museum, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (actually most everything in Dubai), the dhow cruise in Khasab, Sultan Qaboos Mosque and Old Souk in Muscat, the visit to Sur, our stay in the Wahiba desert, our drives in the Al Hajar Mountains around Nizwa, the coast near Salalah. The museum's main purpose is to examine the relationship between the sea, Kuwait's inhabitants and how the two were dependant on each other.
We had one of the best tour leaders ever, and I have been on a hundred trips.Today much land, including the diplomatic area, has been reclaimed from the sea. Today will be spent exploring this tiny island state.We begin with a visit to the Bahrain National Museum where we will trace the archaeological development of the region.One of the most impressive examples of a 19th century homes is Beit Al Siyadi.
Built by the pearl-merchant Ahmed Bin Qassem Siyadi, there are many fine features to look out for, including ornate ceilings, stained-glass windows, carved screens and a large safe set into the wall of a small, upper reception room.The museum project was intitiated and completed by the National Council for Culture, Arts, and Literature, Kuwait.