Even though I don't spend much time here, I feel at home in Bahrain. The people are lovely and the place is really well manicured. I always notice the attention to detail that places like Muscat and Dubai place on their appearance - something we definately need to work on in Kuwait - and Bahrain is great at it. Beautiful landscaping and lots of care for older buildings.
I have many Bahraini friends and I manage to meet some of them during my visits. This time is even more special. I received an email from an old classmate in the UK, who tells me he had relocated to Bahrain with his family a few months ago. I'm reading this email as I'm checking in at the hotel in Manama. He had seen many cars with Kuwaiti number plates and wondered if I ever visited. I haven't seen him for four years, so imagine the surprise when I called him - minutes after he sent the email - telling him I'm actually in Bahrain today! We will have lunch in an hour.
The buildings in the picture are my new favourite modern building in the whole Gulf. Previously the top of the list was the tower in Dubai on Sh Zayed Road.
Back in May, I read a post by Mahmoud Al Yousef about Bahrain being ranked number 8 sin city in the world! Mahmoud doesn't blog any more, but this is a link to the post.
I can't help imagining these twin buildings as the horns of the devil...