King Fahd Causeway – Connecting Saudi and Bahrain
King Fahd Causeway in Manama is a structure that connects two countries by the Arabian Gulf—Saudi and Bahrain.
It is 26 kilometers long and looks like a humpback whale from afar.
There’s a small island between two countries, like in the middle of the sea, that serves as the border. And they aptly call it “the Border Island” for obvious reasons.
Today, the bridge has more than 25,000 cars passing every day.
Standing on the Border Island, this is what Saudi Arabia looks like—on a rainy day. The driver warned me not to take photos of the border compound, or else a security guard would be suspicious. We only stayed for less than 10 minutes and turned around.
From Manama, hire a taxi and ask the driver to bring you all the way to Border Island. Stay there for a while, especially during sunset. I was told that the view is spectacular as the sun is setting down. The whole three days I was there, it was raining! The only touristy thing I did was visiting Bahrain Fort. And right after I finished strolling the ancient monument, it poured again. Dang!
WHERE TO STAY IN BAHRAIN
Bahrain is not a pedestrian-friendly city. So, to maximize your time, I would suggest that you stay in the Old Manama area. Delmon International Hotel is right on a busy street full of shops of all sorts, restaurants, and cafes. Bahrain’s most famous gold market is just right across the street. Many of the cultural things you want to do/see in the city are here. The hotel has its own swimming pool, bar, restaurant, and a massage place.