Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Up with Geography: Bahrain

Country Name:


None; it's an island chain. It's very close to the continent of Asia.


Continent of Asia. You can see how close Bahrain
is to it.

A close-up of Bahrain.

The closest neighbors are Saudi Arabia, to the west, and Qatar, to the southeast.

Water Borders:
Gulf of Bahrain, Persian Gulf

Total Area(added March 2015)
295 square miles

Five Largest Cities:
Manama, Riffa, Muharraq, Hamad Town, A'ali

Famous Geographical Point:
Jabal ad Dukhan (Mountain of Smoke)

Famous Person:
Mahmood Al-Yousif, aka "The Blogfather," writer

Book Set In/About:
Looking for Dilmun by Geoffrey Bibby

One man's archeological quest to find the lost kingdom of Dilmun, which once covered much of the Arabian gulf.

Movie Set In/About:
"Absence (Ghyab)" (2008), directed by Mohammed BuAli

This short explores the topic of loneliness in modern society. Note: it was very difficult to find a movie either set in or about Bahrain, so I chose a movie made by a Bahraini director.

Headline of the Day:
"Bahrain Police 'Raid Home of Top Shia Cleric'" in Aljazeera


Patricia said...

The capitol city makes me think of the Muppet song "Manamanah"

And now it's in your head too.

balyien said...

Oh, believe me, it's been in my head ever since I made this post.