Bahrain's 240 m high World Trade Center towers, with three wind turbines between them.
Perhaps the construction crane should be Bahrain's national emblem.
An appropriate advertisement in Bahrain's International Airport since, like most wealthy Gulf countries, Bahrain relies heavily on migrant workers. n 2010, Bahrainis made up 46 percent of the population of their country, Expatriates, including migrant workers, made up the rest.
The arrivals board at the airport gives some clues on where the migrant workers come from.
Football fan on bicycle, Manama.
The king, the national flag, a shack, and part of Manama's skyline.
A tribute to His Majesty King Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa.
Another, on a shack on the oceanside facing downtown Manama.
Another, on a building adjacent to the King Faisal Highway
A spontaneous expression of patriotism on the wall of a pre-school in Manama.
The website is for a Bahrain Human Rights Group. Amnesty International's page on Bahrain was, however, accessible during my visit.
"WASHINGTON, Sept 21 — US President Barack Obama's pick for ambassador to Bahrain urged the kingdom Wednesday to avoid "repression" and instead respond to unrest "through genuine reform and reconciliation." (AFP)
New homes for some of Bahrain's more affluent residents (Manama.)
One of the (very) many buildings under construction in Manama, seen through a dusty haze at sunset.
Where the Pearl Roundabout used to be.
Map at the National Museum, showing the Pearl Roundabout and Monument before they were expunged from the map, existence, and history (or so the regime hopes.)
This is as close as it's possible to get to Bahrain's Iconic Pearl Roundabout, scene of massive demonstrations early in 2011. The roundabout (traffic circle) has been replaced with an intersection, and even that is now barricaded and surrounded by barbed wire and seriously armed police
Yet more gleaming and antiseptic high-rise office buildings under construction in Manama.
Sorting chilies in an alley, Manama
An early morning game of cricket, Manama.
Arad Fort, a renovated 15th century fort near Bahrain's International Airport.
There is a great deal of painted over graffiti in Bahrain. I wish I a) could read Arabic, and b) could see what was there before it was painted over.
Police helicopter hovers over Manama on a day when a security court handed down stuff sentences to participants in anti-government protesters.
They're lovin' him, at McDonald's and, if the posters, banners, and billboards around Manama are to be believed, pretty much everywhere else too.