Thursday, 10 January 2013

Bahrain - Old Photographs (Part I)

Below is a collection of stunning old photographs of Bahrain taken in the 20th century. I'll try to input as many captions as I can. Enjoy!

(The vast majority of these photographs were taken prior to the 1960s, by which time their copyright expired and is now in the public domain, as stated in Legislative Decree No. 10 of June 7, 1993 in respect of Copyright Law)

Bab al Bahrain
RAF Muharraq airbase, in 1949.
Farooq house - Now Ibn Sina health centre.
Awal Cinema, circa 1950s.
House of the poet Abdul Rahman Rafea, in the Fadhel neighborhood of Manama
House of Mustafa bin Abdullatif in Ras Ruman, close to Manama.
Shaikh Hamad's palace in Gudaibiya, Manama.
The Manama Municipality, 1930-1950s.
Entrance to Manama Souq, 1949.
Manama's northern sea coast

Ardha Dance in front of Sheikh Hamad Palace

Ardha Dance in front of Riffa Palace

Al Ahli Club in the 1960s.
Customs Building and the main seaport in Manama
Government street, Manama.
Bab al Bahrain road
Wednesday Market in Manama (happened every Wednesday, hence the name)
Vegetable Market in Manama 1930s-ish
Opening of the Al Tajer library in Hoora, in 1920.
Muharraq in the 1930s.
British Political Agency in Manama, 1900ish
Freezing conditions in Awali, Bahrain on 20 of January 1964
Liwa dance in Bahrain, a traditional Bahrain music that originated from Africa
Al Fadhel mosque in Fadhel neighbourhood of Manama
Aerial view of Manama, circa 1950s.
Another aerial view of Manama
Old customs office, circa 1940s.
Manama souq, circa 1930s.


  1. Down memory lane. Superb memories of wonderful bahrain

  2. Treasured memories of the island of golden smiles!

  3. fantastic pics of my birthplace

  4. Excellent pix (mostly from a 'Life' article on Charles Belgrave (Adviser to Shaikh Isa in the 20's and latterly Shaikh Salman) although I feel of the dates on the photos are incorrect such as the English Electric Lighting (Royal Saudi Air Force Colours being delivered in the 60's). The aircraft type did not fly until 1954 so that date is definitely wrong. Great pic of the Bab Al Bahrain before the Belgrave designed arch was built in 1949, and of the Government Road (showing what was Jashamals) in the 30's ?? The Veg market has pix of a car from 30's it states .. I am very sceptical .. more like like early 50's !

  5. My beloved late father owned the first Lebanese restaurant in Bahrain which he called "مطعم الجزيرة" /Al-Jazeera Restaurant " I'm hoping to see pictures of Manama around those times that maybe its picture would be among them

  6. thanks Bahrain to share this superb culture and historical events

  7. Nostalgia!! Bahraini born 1954 moved to the States 1968. Great to see photos from my era. Thank you so much for posting!

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  9. Any pics of 1950s people's homes?


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