Don’t go to Bahrain

The pearl of the Gulf will suprise you

One advice: never go on a trip to Bahrain… The pearl of the Gulf will surprise you.

After IranAlgeriaGeorgiaLebanon & Armenia I visited another “unusual” destination: Bahrain. I am really happy to introduce the eighth episode of my Don’t go to… web series, especially because for the first time, I partnered with another Filmmaker to make this episode. I wanted to bring new ideas and new visions to the series. That’s why this film was made by Morgan Jouquand, a French Director from Toulouse. Go check out the previous ones if you haven’t yet and let me know what you think about this first “take over” 😉
This project was sponsored by the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority, Novotel Bahrain Al Dana Resort & Gulf Air.

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Shot, directed & edited by Morgan Jouquand
Additional footage by Tolt
Original score by DIMMI
Sound design & mix by Laura Haddad

Bahrain is just concrete and skyscrapers

Before going to Bahrain, I was picturing big buildings and a skyline like the one you can find in Dubai (which I’ve never been to, so again, might be a preconception…). I am not going to say there is no such thing in Bahrain because you can definitely find modern districts and skyscrapers over there. But you can also find traditional neighborhoods and natural areas like the mangrove or the palm grove we had the chance to visit.

A palm grove near the royal camel farm

Bahrain has no history

Bahrain used to be the center of the Dilmun civilization. Because of its location in the Persian gulf the archipelago was also ruled and influenced by the Persians, Sumerians, Babylonians, Assyrians… and later by the Arabs, the Portuguese and the British. The Bahrain national museum is home to Bahrain’s 5,000 years of history and Bait Al-Qur’an, Al-Khamis Mosque, Qal’at Al Bahrain are just a few examples of the many historic sites of the country.

Bahraini architecture is very basic

Wether you like modern buildings…

…or traditional houses…

…or islamic architecture…

you’ll find what you’re looking for in Bahrain.

Bahrain has no gastronomy

Bahraini Cuisine is not only a mix of Arabic and Persian food (because of its location in the Persian Gulf of course) but was also influenced by Asian, African and European food due to the various communities present and the fact that Bahrain has always been an important sea port and trading junction.

Bahrain has no spiritual diversity

Even though Islam is the state religion of Bahrain, religious freedom is insured by the constitution. So the spiritual diversity can not only be observed among the muslim community with Shia, Sunni and a few Ibadi worshippers, but almost 30% of the population is also of other faiths such as Christianity or Hinduism.

Bahraini smiles are fake

I’m just teasing you… Bahraini people have proved to be very warm and welcoming. And the other cool thing is that they generally speak very good English!

Bahraini atmosphere is really boring

In just a week, we had the chance to go to a few restaurants and two festivals. We met people laughing, singing, dancing, drinking… The complete opposite of what you would expect in the Gulf.

Group of musicians singing at the Bahrain Sea Festival