Kiss My Amwaj

Amwaj Islands, Bahrain

Amwaj Islands, Bahrain

This great postcard also comes from Edwin in Bahrain. It shows the man-made Amwaj Islands in Bahrain, which seem to be the country’s answer to Dubai’s Palm Islands. Located just 8km from Bahrain International Airport, these islands are definitely prime real estate. They are part of a $1.5 billion land reclamation programme, run by Ossis Property Developers. It has recently become livable as sewerage, water, roads, electricity and telecommunications have been installed. Awesome island but I think that the property might be a tad bit out of my price range.

Windy World Trade Center

World Trade Center, Bahrain

World Trade Center, Bahrain

Another great postcard coming from Edwin in Bahrain. It depicts the innovative building in the country’s capital, Manama, the Bahrain World Trade Center. These 240 meter high towers were designed by a South African architect named Shaun Killa and built by a South African construction company, that my sister used to work for, Murray & Roberts. They are also the first towers to make use of wind power as part of its design. The 3 turbines combined are expected to generate between 11% and 15% of the building’s energy needs per year, that is to say, between 1.1 and 1.3 GWh or enough energy to power about 300 homes. The project cost around $150 million to complete. Edwin tells me that there is a tragic story behind the celebration of the completion of the building. I remember the story but did not make the link between the building and the tragedy. A ferry on which the celebrations took place capsized and killed 68 people from Britain, South Africa, India, Singapore, Pakistan and Bahrain. Edwin also says that on that night, the sirens from ambulances could be heard all over the city. A very sad ending to a marvelous project.

Dreamy Dromedary

Camel Farm, Bahrain

Camel Farm, Bahrain

This postcard of a Bahraini camel farm comes to me from Edwin in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Edwin tells me that these camels sometimes need to withstand 50 degrees Celsius in Bahrain’s summer heat. The dromedary on this postcard looks like it was posing, which is rather cute. The smell of a camel is certainly one of the most revolting things on the planet but boy are they cute, always looking like they have a grin on their faces and all. Thank you Edwin for this awesome postcard!

Grand Place of Worship

Al Fateh Mosque

Al Fateh Mosque, Bahrain

Edwin from Bahrain sent me this here postcard of the Al Fateh Mosque located in Bahrain. The mosque was built in 1987 by Sheikh Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifa and was named after Ahmed Al Fateh who conquered Bahrain in 1783. The mosque is 6500 square meters and can take up to 7000 worshippers at a time, making it one of the largest mosques in the world and the largest in Bahrain. The dome of the mosque is made of fiberglass and is the largest fiberglass dome in the world currently, weighing in at an incredible 60 tonnes. The mosque is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the country and tours are conducted daily, except on Fridays and other holidays. Great to learn about this mosque, thank you Edwin.

A Stamp Card

Bahraini Postage Stamp

Bahraini Postage Stamp

This postcard of a Bahraini postage stamp comes to me from Edwin, who is from the Philippines, but has lived in Bahrain for almost 9 years now. The first post office in Bahrain opened up in Manama on 1 August 1884. Well, happy belated! The post office in Manama remained the only post office in Bahrain until 1946. Originally, only un-printed stamps of British India were used. The first Bahraini stamps were issued in 1960 depicting Shaikh Sulman bin Hamed al-Khalifa. Thank you Edwin for a postcard teaching me a thing or 2 about the country.

Desert Island Capital

Manama, Bahrain

Manama, Bahrain

Edwin, who is originally from the Philippines, sent me this postcard of downtown Manama. He says that much has changed since this picture was taken and put on a postcard. A statement that I can surely believe, as this part of the world seems to look different every time you see a picture of it, due to its vast oil wealth. Manama is the capital city of the tiny island nation of Bahrain and is home to approximately 155 000 people. This city has seen many turbulent days in its history and has had many masters. These include the Portuguese, Persians, Saudis and Omanis. The main island on which Manama is situated has been inhabited for at least 5000 years but the city itself was first chronicled around 1345. An old city indeed. I’m sure there are a lot of interesting stories to be told about this city of which I know so little. Thank you Edwin for an awesome city view.¬†