Last week I had a business trip to Alkhobar and Dammam, cities in the eastern side of Saudi Arabia, for a day. And since this trip happened to be at the end of the week, I thought why not extend my visit few days more and stay for the weekend with my cousin in Dammam. So, I took the train from Riyadh to Dammam early in the morning, and arrived in the afternoon. It was a four hours ride. Despite my sister’s efforts to convince me to book a flight due to it takes less time to arrive, I wanted to try the train. I don’t remember the last time I took the train to Dammam, and I was glad I did. It was a lovely ride.
I arrived and immediately noticed the weather in Dammam. It was warmer than I though during this time of the year. You must be thinking: “well, you were traveling from Riyadh!” Yes, however, the weather in Riyadh during the month of October is usually warm and dry, yet in Dammam it was humid with warmer temperatures, higher than Riyadh. Anyhow, My cousin, Amal, was excitedly waving at me outside the train station! “what a great start!” I thought. She picked me up and we went home.
After resting for a day. I woke up the next morning and head to the business event I traveled for. We, me and Amal, decided to meet for lunch afterwards. Amal is a physician, and she works long hours. But she took the last day of the week off from work, and decided to relax for few days too, while I was in Dammam. To be honest, after spending sometime with here this past trip, I genuinely believes she deserved that break! She is a hard working physician and a mother of three beautiful kids. She works long hours, takes care of her kids, and still finds time to socialize. Kudos to here for managing so many things at the same time. I am not sure if I could do it as good as she does it, if I were in her position. I had very much respect for her!
After spending two days with Amal and her family in Dammam, and since we were free for the weekend, an idea of visiting Bahrain wasn’t bad at all. Halloween was also around the corner! Thus, I was excited to see what was it to celebrate Halloween in Bahrain.
Funny fact, Although I have been to Dammam several times and Bahrain is only half an hour away from Alkhobar city, I never visited Bahrain. There has always been obstacles and I always had to reschedule. Now, when we suddenly decided to go, everything, surprisingly, went smoothly haha!I guess it wasn’t meant to happen before 2021!
What’s worth mentioning, it was beautiful noticing social diversity in Bahrain. The country carries many cultures and religions. I found it to be fascinating really! I saw Bahrainis who speak two or three languages because of their origins. Some are originally from Iran, Pakistan, India, and other countries. And although Bahrain is an Islamic-ruled country, there were churches and places of worship besides Masjids. I tried to capture some photos of what seemed to be “old town” or I am assuming it was an old market that is still going until now. ( I apologize for the bad quality, they were taking by my phone.)
Generally speaking, do I recommend visiting this country? Yes! I recommend visiting Bahrain if you were passing by the region (The Arabian gulf region), or if you live in nearby countries such as Saudi Arabia. I highly recommend trying their cultural food such as Halawa Bahraini. It is a delicious desert they make out of cornstarch, sugar, cardamom and cashew. Finally, I thought of writing my views and recommendations of restaurants, coffeeshops and hotels in Bahrain in a separate post for anyone planning to make a visit to this small yet beautiful country.
Let me know in the comments below, what you think. Also, if there are any suggestions of places or countries you recommend for me to visit in the future? I would love to hear all your thoughts.