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A photo from yesteryear: The first Muharraq-Manama bridge

Translates to "A picture of the Shaikh Hamad bridge in the 1950s"
For Bahrainis nowadays, the idea that mainland Bahrain and the island of Muharraq were not connected with any roads, seems like a pretty unbelievable thing.
An old map of Bahrain, not showing current bridges

But for almost all of Bahrain's history, this was the case. No roads whatsoever.

If you wanted to go to Muharraq, you would have to get a boat ride (or if you're strong enough, you could swim!).

Then, in the 20th century, history was made. Muharraq and Manama, reconnected for the first time since the formation of the Bahrain islands!

Though, the bridge built was no highway. As you could see from the photo above, it was a single lane bridge, and had a relatively simple complex when compared to modern bridges.

Nonetheless, I blog this because I found this picture to have been a reminder about how Bahrain has progressed throughout the ages. How much Bahrain has modernized and grown. Shopping Malls come and go, so do sports events and stuff like that. But history remains forever.


  1. Thank you for posting this picture. I went for a walk on the old bridge (renovated considerably). It was nostalgic. Great to see the two port areas where once dhows were used to transport people and good across. Salaam (Peace) :) :) :)


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