We don't deserve our beaches!
Well to tell you all the truth; We really don't deserve any beaches.
Simple! Have you ever visited the only public beach? During an event or the weekend
There are no waste containers, but that is no problem for the hundreds of visitors.
They will drop it where they stand. Because in Bahrain there are many societies, clubs and schools putting in time and effort to clean op after them as part of continuing community projects. For volunteering check out the bahrain beachcombers on Facebook.
During one such clean op more than 300 kilo's was collected from a 1mile stretch of beach (1.6 km).
Many people are unaware how their daily activities, from driving a car, to not properly disposing of their garbage, or even throwing a cigarette butt on the ground, can impact the plants and animals off our shores.
Jannusan Beach on April 13, 2016
University College of Bahrain in cooperation with the Northern Municipality
The British School of Bahrain’s Eco Week celebrations culminated on Earth Day with a Clean-up of Nurana Beach, north-west of the island lFriday, April 22nd 2016
A keen group of students, staff and parents collected over 200 garbage bags full of beach litter.
This debris can harm or kill beach organisms. Pollution also makes using the beach less enjoyable for humans. Solving our water pollution problems requires everyone's involvement
It is estimated that there is over 46,000 pieces of plastic debris floating on every square mile of ocean today. Roughly 60 to 80 percent of that debris comes from land-based sources.
And debris in the marine environment means hazards for animals and humans
Environmental damage caused by plastic :What can we do
The millions of free plastic bags that are given out every day by the Island's retailers are flying about freely.
Just look around and you can see many carelessly thrown plastic bags sticking to bushes and fences.
Clogging up gutters and stormdrains. There is no part in Bahrain where you don't see them flying about.
Birds, fish and mammals often mistake plastic for food. Some birds even feed it to their young.
With plastic filling their stomachs, animals have a false feeling of being full, and may die of starvation.
Sea turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, one of their favorite foods
Benefits of plastics
Benefits of plastics
The considerable growth in plastic use is due to the beneficial properties of plastics. These include:
- Extreme versatility and ability to be tailored to meet very specific technical needs.
- Lighter weight than competing materials, reducing fuel consumption during transportation.
- Extreme durability.
- Resistance to chemicals, water and impact.
- Good safety and hygiene properties for food packaging.
- Excellent thermal and electrical insulation properties.
- Relatively inexpensive to produce.
There are many product that are made from recycled plastic; Recycled plastic products
- One ton of recycled plastic saves 5,774 kWh of energy, 16.3 barrels (2,604 liters) of oil, 98 million Btu's of energy, and 22 cubic meters of landfill .
- There is an 80 to 90% reduction in energy consumption by producing recycled plastic compared to producing plastic from virgin materials (oil and gas).
- Recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60-watt bulb for up to six hours.
- Recycling 5 PET plastic bottles produces enough fibre for one t-shirt.
- Recycling 100 million cell phones saves enough energy to power more than 194,000 US households for one year.
- Worldwide trade of recyclable plastics represents is valued at $5 billion per year and is estimated to represent a total of 12 million tons.
- EUROPE recycled 21.3% of plastic waste during 2008 representing about 5.3 million tons.
- A recent study shows that if all landfilled plastics waste are recycled or recovered into energy, then 7% of EU quota of CARBON GAS REDUCTION will be fulfilled
What we do with plastic rubbish now…
Landfill - plastic in landfill is a big problem - because it doesn’t rot, it is there for ever. Consequently the landfill is filling up.
Plastic litter - as individually dropped, wind borne or deliberately tipped into rivers and the sea ( boats are allowed to dump their rubbish into the oceans)
Burning plastic - in small fires or incinerators either way its a hot debate with very wildly opposing opinions expressed strongly by all involved
Recycling - melting down plastic rubbish to make new plastic products is a better way of dealing with our plastic rubbish and needs to be promoted more
Degradable Plastic -the industries solution - it needs a special facility that uses an additive that causes plastic to degrade faster, this plastic is unusable for recycling
OR ….just stop creating plastic rubbish
Crafty Plastic = use old throwaway plastic rubbish to make something new and beautiful
Arabian Gulf Pollution
Arabian Gulf Pollution
Most of Bahrain is low-lying and barren. Its surface is limestone rock covered with varying densities of saline sand which supports only the hardiest desert vegetation.
Along the northern coast is a wide fertile strip of land. It was known for many years as “the island of a million palm trees” which flourished because of the abundant fresh water springs, particularly in the northern areas.
Underground aquifers originate from Saudi Arabia and bring sweet water to Bahrain under the sea.
There are three aquifers, the high, medium and the low.
Out of these only the medium aquifer contains water usable without treatment. Once there were 220 natural springs, almost all are dried up and now water has to be pumped from artificial wells. The salinity (2014) of even the best ground water is high, barely suitable for irrigation and unsuitable for drinking. The quantity is limited and sufficient for the irrigation of less than half the agricultural land
Around 1972, the MENA region "ran out of water" as the consumption surpassed the rate of resource renewal. Since then, MENA has relied heavily on desalinization, and is poised to remain for the foreseeable future the largest desalinization market in the world.
The most important users of desalinated water are Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain, which use about 70% of worldwide capacity.
Most of this desalinated water comes from the Arabian (Persian) Gulf, one of the busiest and most important tanker shipping lanes in the world; one ship passes the strait approximately every 6 minutes, another statistic indicates that more than 40 % of the world’s total oil transportation passes through the region.
Who knows what else gets released into the gulf by warships and coastal nuclear facilities in Iran.
Depleted Uranium used in weapons Iraq and Afghanistan has polluted water and food resources
Lately about everybody I know seems to be coming down with thyroid problems, and no-one looks strange when you hear this or the other person has cancer.
Water pollution, chemical industry > % of total BOD emissions (most recent) by country (2010)
Our small 720KM2 country is placed 7th worldwide!!
DEFINITION: Industry shares of emissions of organic water pollutants refer to emissions from manufacturing activities as defined by two-digit divisions of the International Standard Industrial Classification (ISIC), revision 2: chemicals (35).
Emissions of organic water pollutants are measured by biochemical oxygen demand, which refers to the amount of oxygen that bacteria in water will consume in breaking down waste. This is a standard water-treatment test for the presence of organic pollutants.
Public Beaches in Bahrain
Public Beaches in Bahrain
Bahrain has quite a few public beaches. Although Bahrain is very liberal, on the public beaches you are advised to dress appropriately. For men that means long swimming shorts, speedo’s are discouraged. For women that means covering shoulders and knees.
BAHRAIN’S largest public beach, Al Jazair, could be closed off to make way for investment projects worth millions of dinars.
Following an eight-month battle to veto private projects on a stretch of coastline in Zallaq, the Southern Municipal Council has referred the issue to the Cabinet for a final decision.
Despite councilors imposing a development ban on the beach last month they were informed that private investment would go ahead because the government’s real-estate arm, Edamah, did not answer to municipal authorities.
Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister Essam Khalaf told council chairman Ahmed Al Ansari, in writing, that the private sector’s involvement in the beach would provide necessary services, which the government could no longer afford due to austerity measures.
However, councilors have asked Mr Al Ansari to refer the matter to the Cabinet and if it sides with them then a six-month development ban will be introduced that could be renewed.
“The minister’s letter is clear and it basically says hands-off and development will go ahead with or without our consent,” said Mr Al Ansari during the council’s weekly majlis.
“I have been a councillor for six years and we stopped several development projects, which have been submitted by the private sector, since licensing for all projects regardless of ownership is a municipal matter that comes under councils.
“(Such developments) would be robbing people of their only public beach.”
This sorry saga about the beach started in January 1st 2008 when the GDN reported:
Bahrain's only public beach may be lost to developers
By MOHAMMED AL A'ALI
EIGHTY per cent of Al Jazair Beach - Bahrain's only public beach - is being handed over to private investors, Municipalities and Agriculture Affairs Minister Mansoor bin Rajab told MPs yesterday.
He said only half-a-kilometre remained registered as municipal land, while 1.9km were now with the Economic Development Board (EDB), which has earmarked it for private development projects
The beach gets really busy on Fridays and is very popular with families and it is child friendly. The beach can get quite dirty due to people leaving their rubbish. The beach is located near the F1 circuit passed the endurance village (horses).
Abu Subh Beach Diraz - Bahrain (Public Beach)
It is right opposite of the New Northern Town in block 544 Diraz and has a public garden
The surfer dudes take to the water at the front of Tala and there are various other small open beach areas around the islands.
Amwaj Art Rotana Beach - Bahrain
Free for hotel guests and those holding an Beach Club membership which allows you to explore 150 meters of pristine beach front.
Day pass: BD15 (adult), BD10 (child) on weekdays, BD25 and BD10 on weekends. Activities start from BD10 (30 mins). Art Rotana, Amwaj Islands, www.rotana.com/artrotana (16 000 111).
Arad Beach - Bahrain (public beach)
Located in the Arad Area. Opened to mark National Day in 2008, this small stretch of beach to the side of the old fort is a great place for a picknic and a swim but it’s more of a beach park, with a paved area for walking and games, rather than an actual swimming beach. Great to have a walk at sunset and offers great spots for barbeques with your family.
Budaiya Beach - Bahrain (Public Beach)
Bordering Budaiya beach are several new private projects like lagoon and water mania that have water-based activities
Provides numerous water sport activities such as paddling, kayaking, Jet Ski rentals, boat charters, and much more can be enjoyed.
45-minute boat ride from Durrat al Bahrain and Al Dur Jetty by easy scheduled public sea transport it takes you in a breathtaking sea trip to the island in one hour. Or by private boat.
by Neil (Seef Beach)
Head for Bahrain Fort, past the Bapco petrol station at Seef.
This beach is a great place for an evening walk or a picnic, there are many locals around.
Malkiya Beach (Public Beach) by Neil
The beach is one of the few sandy ones in Bahrain and is maybe 2km long. The beach is shallow and the sea laps gently onto the sand so it’s ideal for a barefoot paddle.
There are shaded areas for your picnic or barbecue, benches, and a rarity in Bahrain, waste bins the length of the in the evening, as the sun goes down, particularly at the weekend, the whole beach comes alive with donkey rides, popcorn vendors and barbecues.
to reach it take the Sh Khalifa Highway to the F1, take the exit 14th roundabout (Hamad Town) on the roundabout go straight too on 13th roundabout straight all the way to the beach. You will pass the Reef Mall on your left side.
In the weekend and holidays they rent out 4 quads to drive around the desert area
With a whole host of other activities such as knee boarding, row boating, canoeing, fishing, snorkeling and banana boating are available.
Day pass BD20. Al Bander Hotel & Resort, Sitra, www.albander.com (17 701 201).
This is also a great place for amateur sailors to train on a laser dinghy.
Entrance BD3. Bahrain Sailing Club, Zallaq, (17 836 078).
They offer a great range of training facilities and services to meet your requirements.
Cost: Need to be accompanied by a member for BD2.
Tel: +973 17 700 677
Rent a boat from here for BD60 in the first hour, BD40 for every additional hour, for up to 14 people.
From BD10 per hour (non-members). Coral Bay, Al Fateh Corniche, www.coral-bay.net (17 312 700).
Lagoona Beach Resort -Bahrain (Private Beach)
New Budaiya-based resort has launched a range of activities. Scuba dive in the clear blue waters, fish in the shallow waters, watch our dolphin pals frolic in the sea, jet-ski, water-ski, wakeboard, kayak, parasail, also find the X-Jetpack, flyboards and hoverboards here.
Packages and prices vary. Lagoon Beach Resort, Budaiya, www.lagoonabeachbahrain.com (16 630 000)
A beach day pass also allows the purchaser access to all of the hotel's facilities, not just the pool.
Cost: BD 20 - Single
BD 25 - Couple
BD 35 - Family (2a dults, 2 children under 12)
Location: 121 Sheikh Hamad Causeway, Manama
Tel: +97317 298 008
They have recently launched a dedicated watersports activity counter, which is open every day from 9am to 5pm, prices start from BD5 per hour.
Day passes: BD20 (weekdays), BD45 (weekends). The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, Seef, www.ritzcarlton.com (17 586 612).
Located in the heart of a natural resort, Sofitel offer you access to one of the most beautiful beaches you'll see. This is only available for couples and families.
Cost: BD20 weekdays, BD25 weekends.
Location, Zallaq, Manama
Tel: +973 1763 6363