We must have all heard the story of the hare and the tortoise.

The hare was running ahead in the race and about the reach the finish line. Way way behind was the sluggish tortoise burdened by its heavy shell.

The hare decides to take a nap...the tortoise beats it to the finish line.

End of story.

For the unfortunate souls in Bahrain who have not heard of this fable...wake up and smell the machbous (stolen without permission from Mahmood ;))

The fable doesn't matter now though because we have all lived it, witnessed it - year by year, day by day and if we missed to notice it, then tough!

As we slept, others beat us to the finish line.

I'm just back in Bahrain after a week of sunshine, beach, lavish surroundings and shopping.

White elephant ? Nope. Dubai is a 45-minute plane journey away.

Here are some pictures I clicked to make you all go green:

Construction still on going all over Jumaira: The skyline changes almost every month and I am not exaggerating.

Here is the view from the balcony of The Palace Hotel in Jumaira, which was opened in September and overlooks Burj Al Arab: A real little Venice which came up in no time unlike the Amwaj which we have been hearing about for years:

The story goes that Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoom heard criticism over the fact that all the architecture going up in Jumaira was modern...so overnight he ordered this massive resort to be built - complete with its two hotels (The Palace and The Fort, creative names I may add) and a shopping complex designed like an old suq and lagoons and swimming pools and greenery... well let the photographs speak for themselves:

And yes...apparently their circuit is also ready and they are planning to host an F1 race in September ?!

Sleep well Bahrain ;) Good night.


Anonymous said...


Just an FYI.. There is NO F1 race in Dubai.

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

"And yes...apparently their circuit is also ready and they are planning to host an F1 race in September ?!"

1. apparently
2. the sentence ends with both an exclamation and a question mark.

This is what I was told by someone from their "tourism" dept. and I couldn't verify it elsewhere.

Thanks for rectifying it Anon.

sume said...

Oh, I'm jealous. Vacation!

You know I went to the halal meat store last week. I wanted to buy some phone cards for Bahrain. I asked the cashier if they had any and she started looking in her phone card book for Bahrain. I think she was either from Lebanon or Syria. She looked up from her book and asked me if Bahrain was the same a Qatar!

It was my daughter who found Bahrain in the book, so luckily I got my phone cards.

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

Sume... no need to be jealous! I was feeling down the whole time and stayed in my room - despite the stunning views and the sandy beach which was beckoning me !

And Scorpio...welcome back ;)
Good point. What happens when the slaves rebel against their masters and ask for more ?

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

Interesting change in taste indeed, University Voice.
So are the little boys now moving from exported goods to help replenish the local economy ?!
Why this decline in standards (among the local girls, I mean) ?
Is it really to make ends meet in this land of opportunity ?
Since when has poverty been an excuse for a decline in moral values and principles ?
Just wondering.

SillyBahrainiGirl said...


This posting was supposed to highlight the development Dubai is witnessing at the speed of light while we are still immersed in 70s-80s mentality.

To add insult to injury, we even have a parliament now to tell us that wasting $ XXX on the BIC is a waste of resources, the the university has to be segregated and that Nancy Ajram should not perform in live concerts in Bahrain ;)

Passing by Seef today.. I just laughed my head off..With the exception of that ugly blue penis stuck in the middle of nowhere...all the rest of the buildings were really modest and tasteless.

We should send our MPs on a familiarisation trip to Dubai...

It's OK... they are paid enough now to afford Nancy-look-alike prostitutes.

They won't need a tour guide for this.

Anonymous said...

Collective Morality, social morality, religious morality, prophetic morality... Guess most people in this world consider morality as blindly following a code of conduct passed on to them.

To each, his own.

SillyBahrainiGirl said...

Glad u liked the pix ;)

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