AW80D: Bahrain

Bahrain - Camel Statue

The Kingdom of Bahrain is a small—slightly smaller than New York City, actually—island nation near Qatar in the Persian Gulf. More than 4,000 years ago, it was part of the territory of the Dilman civilization, which is mentioned in the ancient Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh. (Word to the wise: ancient Sumerian epics are awesome.)

The first fortunes of this island were built on pearls, but today Bahrain’s economy is built on oil and financial services.

Bahrain World Trade Center 2 Bahrain World Trace Center

Dolphie was particularly impressed by the Bahrain World Trade Center, which incorporates wind turbines into its design. You can see them attached to the three skybridges between the two towers. The shape of the buildings helps to guide wind into the turbines, maximizing their ability to produce energy. The turbines should provide up to 15% of the building’s total energy usage.

Mall Wide The Mall

Of course, no trip would be complete without some relaxation, so Dolphie had to swing by the mall as well. Happy travels!

(Two things: 1 – AW80D stands for Around the World in 80 Dolphies, wherein we follow the international adventures of Dolphie, mascot of Shoreline Community College; 2 – Credit where credit’s due, so thanks Wikipedia and Lonely Planet, and if you’d like to see where I got my information, just click the links.)

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