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We don't deserve our beaches!

Well to tell you all the truth; We really don't deserve our free public beaches in Bahrain.

Why you ask?

Simple! Have you ever visited public beaches? During an event or the weekend

There are no or few 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, cleanup Bahrain on instragram

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Image source: News of Bahrain

One of the more recent beach clean-up's (Aug 2023) was combined with planting of mangroves at the Ma’ameer Channel-Southern Area. was done by 200 Bapco Energies employees and their families, along with the attendance of representatives from the Supreme Council of Environment, Southern Municipality, and the Ministry of Municipalities Affairs and Agriculture.​Participants planted 2,350 new mangrove seedlings and removed approximately 5,000 kilograms of general waste from the beach.

Want to make a difference?

Change your own habits.

 

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 on our shores and in the sea.

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

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Environmental damage caused by plastic

The millions of free plastic bags that are given out every day by the Island's retailers are flying about freely, despite being banned in Bahrain since Nov 2020.

Just look around and you can see many carelessly thrown plastic bags sticking to bushes and fences.

Clogging up gutters and storm drains.

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 favourite foods

What we do with plastic rubbish now…

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 buried deep in landfills can leach harmful chemicals that spread into groundwater.

 

Plastic litter - as individually dropped, wind borne or deliberately tipped into rivers and the sea

( boats apparently 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. Burning plastic is not a safe, green or economic alternative to landfills. It may seem like waste takes up less space if you burn it, but all we're really doing is transforming that waste into something else that's just as bad…and sometimes worse. Plus what a waste of resources

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 - Biodegradable plastics are often claimed to be sustainable and better for the planet. These properties are inaccurate and misleading. Not only are biodegradable plastics made from fossil-fuels, they also end up creating microplastics and contaminating other plastics recycling streams

 

Plastic eating microbes - can they eat all that plastic rubbish?

 

Crafty Plastic = use old throwaway plastic rubbish to make something new and beautiful

OR ….just stop creating plastic rubbish

****What YOU Can DO****

We're all responsible for this mess, and it will take all of us to stop it from getting worse. It's time to completely rethink how we as a society use (or abuse) plastic. Here are some things that you can do right now:

  • Every time you see litter, pick it up and dispose of it properly.

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — you've heard it before, but now you know what happens when you don't. Be conscious of all that you buy, and be sure to avoid products with excessive packaging, especially in disposable products.

  • Demand more and better recycling facilities in your area.

  • Take part in local stream, river and beach cleanups - or organize one yourself. Though these don't solve the problem, they are very effective at drawing attention to the greater problem offshore.

  • If you live near the ocean, or a river that drains into it, your storm drains are probably washing garbage right out to sea. Be conscious of potential sources of marine litter in your area. Demand that these are eliminated.

  • Be very conscious of your ecological footprint. Encourage change though your decisions and do no accept the current paradigm of use and waste

Ocean gyres circle large areas of stationary, calm water. Debris drifts into these areas and, due to the region’s lack of movement, can accumulate for years. These regions are called garbage patches. The Indian Ocean, North Atlantic Ocean, and North Pacific Ocean all have significant garbage patches. The garbage patch in the North Pacific Ocean is sometimes called the Pacific trash vortex or the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Garbage patches are created slowly. Marine debris makes its way into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, for instance, from currents flowing along the west coast of North America and the east coast of Asia. Some of the debris is also dumped from ocean vessels. 

The circular motion of the gyre draws in the debris, mostly small particles of plastic. Eventually, the debris makes its way to the center of the gyre, where it becomes trapped and breaks down into a kind of plastic soup. 

BUILD UP - Plastic has accumulated in five ocean hot spots called gyres, seen here in this world map derived from information published by 5 Gyres. The movement of the world’s major ocean gyres helps drive the “ocean conveyor belt.” The ocean conveyor belt circulates ocean water around the entire planet. Also known as thermohaline circulation, the ocean conveyor belt is essential for regulating temperature, salinity and nutrient flow throughout the ocean.

Image source: oceansplasticleanup.com

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 34.8 and 34.9 ‰ (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.

 

According to the World Research Institute, Bahrain tops the list of the 167 countries studied to become the most water-stressed country by 2040

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.

About 15.5 million barrels of oil per day is transported through the Strait of Hormuz. Contamination influx is mainly from tankers releasing ballast, tank cleaning, and leakage from drilling rigs and production platforms, and maritime accidents.

Who knows what else gets released into the gulf by warships and coastal nuclear facilities in Iran. Depleted Uranium used in weapons in 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.​And we get to drink that water

 

Putting maps of Principal natural springs and water pollution due to industrial effluents next to each other one can see that they are in the same geographical area.

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Natural water springs 

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Industrial effluents 

"According to Zainal et al (2012) the total cumulative loss of the major maritime habitats, due to dredging in Bahrain, was roughly 160 square kilometers.

 

According to findings in a report by the United Nations Development Program roughly 80 per cent of Bahrain’s coastline has been subjected to land reclamation (Fuller, 2006), resulting in a loss of a fertile coral reef between Qatar and Bahrain."

 

A closer look into the feasibility of future, large scale landreclamation case study Arabian Gulf - Page 49 Bahrain

Author Michael de Lange - Stockholm

Coastal and Marine environment in Bahrain by Dr Humood Naser et al (2012) PDF

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.

Since 2008 a debate has been raging about Bilaj Al Jazayer Beach and its development

- they want to put to much developments.

It is fine as it is now, the entry fee can be used at the restaurants on the beach for

drinks and snacks, you can rent chair to sit - although the last time i went the pillows were

in bad condition as they were not stored away from the weather during the night.

Why can't beaches remain mostly in its natural state, with necessary services -

but no hotels 

Al Jazayer Beachfront development – the first part of the project was completed in the third quarter of 2019

The project will also include two luxury hotels, Avaniand Tivoli, which will be Minor Hotels Group’s first hospitality projects in the Kingdom.Scheduled to open in 2025, the two hotels will support the growth of the nation’s tourism and hospitality sectors, contributing to the nation’s Economic Vision 2030

As per information of the Edemah website Project Contents:

  • Two 4-star and 5-star Branded boutique hotels and resorts

  • Mixed-use residential apartment buildings with supporting retail outlets

  • Parks and Public beaches

  • Family entertainment and watersport activities

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Bilaj Al Jazayer - Zallaq

Edamah has reintroduced Bilaj Al Jazayer beach after conducting extensive beach improvement works, to make Bilaj Al Jazayer a beautiful waterfront destination for Bahraini families and international visitors to enjoy.

Over time, the resort development will grow to offer full facilities.

Right now, the beach is beautiful, clean and pristine – offering an amazing destination for a family fun day out, with just enough basic infrastructure to make sure you have everything you need.

In addition to the beach regeneration, upgrading of existing facilities, new food outlets, improved parking, and enhanced landscaping have been constructed.

The beach is best for swimming, snorkeling, surfing, or simply sunbathing on this Bahrain private beach area. The lifeguards are appointed to make it a safe and secure place for all. The beach is lovely, clean, and fresh, making it an ideal destination for a family fun day out.

  • Timings: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (no swimming after sunset)

  • entry fee 2 BHD voucher can be used to pay from drink or snack

  • The now private beach is located near the F1 circuit passed the endurance village (horses).

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Dry dock Asry beach - Hidd

The beach does have a few amenities available for its tourists, it does tend to get crowded during weekends due to the large number of locals who visit from nearby areas. From swimming to early morning walks and evening leisure strolls, it provides a great view of the sunset every evening. This beach is also one of the ideal public beaches in Bahrain that has something for everyone.

  • Public beach

  • Timing 24 hrs

  • Location: Al Hidd, Bahrain

  • Free entry

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Abu Subh Beach Diraz

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The waters are calm and shallow, which makes it perfect for novice swimmers or families with young children. Various food trucks line the beachfront promenade, serving fresh seafood and other dishes near this beach in Bahrain.

  • Public beach

  • Timing 24hrs

  • Location: Northern City and Budaiya

  • Free entry

Arad Lagoon Beach park

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.

  • Public non swimming beach 

  • Timing 24hrs

  • Location Arad Fort lagoon

  • Free entry

Budaiya Beach

Bordering Budaiya beach are several new private projects like Treasure Island Water Park at Lagoona Beach resort that have water-based activities

It is clean, beautiful and comfortable for swimming. There is also a spacious car parking, shower, toilet, playground and cafe. Please note, that this is a strictly Islamic beach. So bikini swimsuits are prohibited.

  • Public beach

  • Timing 24hrs

  • Location

  • Free entry

Bahrain Bay beach

Bahrain Bay Beach is located on the main island of Bahrain, making it convenient for beachgoers.

There are 7 water slides, a splash zone, a wave pool, and more to entertain the entire family.

The fun beach in Bahrain is adjacent to a children's playground, so you can let your kids play while you relax in the sunshine.

The beach features a variety of amenities, including a children's water-based playground.

There are also plenty of shaded areas to relax, including a beachfront restaurant serving international cuisine and fruit smoothies.

  • private paid beach and free public beach

  • Timing 8am -12am free beach 24hrs

  • Entry fees 3Bhd free up to 5 years 

  • location Bahrain Bay- Manama

private paid beach                         free public beach

Al Sayh Beach Busaiteen
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Image: Naveed Alam

In Busaiteen Seafront is a picturesque beach located in Al Sayh,stretching along a length of 1.2 km, this beach offers a serene coastal getaway.

It has few amenities, so plan your trip accordingly, although it does have beach chairs and umbrellas available for rent. Please note that while dogs are allowed on the beach, they must be kept on a leash.

Visitors can engage in various activities at the beach, including swimming, sunbathing, beach volleyball, and strolling along the shoreline

When it comes to parking, Busaiteen Seafront offers a dedicated free parking lot for visitors. 

  • Public beach

  • Timing 24hrs

  • Free entry 

  • location Busaiteen

Hidd beach

Hidd walk way with Beach is another one that is more popular for picnicking than swimming, this small area of sand opposite Prince Khalifa bin Salman Park attracts barbecue fans and offers great views of Juffair and Manama at sunset.

  • Public beach

  • Location:Hidd walkway

  • Timing: 24hr

  • Free entry

Image: Efra Kamran

Karbabad Beach

Karbabad Beach near Bahrain fort

This beach is a great place for an evening walk or a picnic, there are many locals around so make sure shoulders and legs till knee are covered

  • Public beach

  • location: Karbabad

  • Timings: 24hrs

  • Free entry

Malkiya Beach

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

  • Public beach

  • Location: Malkiya (Hamad town)

  • Timings: 24hr

  • Free entry

Image: Dr. Satya Pavan Kumar

More Free Public beaches
Sanad Beach

Sanad Beach is located in Sanad, in the Central Governorate of Bahrain. This quiet, small beach welcomes you with a serene atmosphere and incredible sceneries perfect for photography. The Bahrain Forest stands right next to the beach, where you can spot different bird species. From November to April, groups of stunning pink flamingos swarm the waters. However, the water is not suitable for swimming, but the beach offers a unique sunrise view, and a great spot for walking

Jid Al Haji Beach

Jid al Haji beach is a quiet sandy beach there are benches, swings and a playground.

No further facilities

Pets are allowed

Dumistan Beach

Dumistan Beach is located in Dumistan, in the Northern Governorate of Bahrain. Serene and quiet, this sandy beach is lined with lush trees, offering stunning views and natural shade. The water is calm and shallow, safe for swimming, with boats littering the coast and adding to the scenery. You can find a soccer field in the area. There are no restaurants in the area, so bring your own food if you’re planning to stay. Keep in mind that the beach can get busy during the weekend.

Nurana Beach 

Next to Salman City an reclaimed land that has gone undeveloped for years.  Good for a walk  with a fresh sea breeze and lots of space wander, barbecuing, swimming, fishing, and riding horses

There's no artificial lighting. It's prettiest at sunset,

Asker Beach

Asker Beach is located in Askar, in the Southern Governorate of Bahrain. This relaxing and remote beach offers stunning views and a serene atmosphere. Swimming is not allowed, but the many bird species around the coast are fascinating and a perfect option for nature photography. There is a playground for kids to enjoy, and walking tracks along the sand

Juffair Beach

Swim in the clear blue waters of the Gulf of Bahrain.

Sunbathe on the soft white sand. Go for a walk or run along the beach. Play beach volleyball or soccer. Rent a jet ski or boat. Take a dip in the infinity pool at the nearby hotel.  

Enjoy a meal or a drink at one of the beachside cafes or restaurants.

Private beaches for payment
Bahrain Yacht club
Bahrain Beach Bay resort
Al Bander beach resort

Located in Sitra since 1977, the Bahrain Yacht Club today is host to the many people who share a common passion for the varied forms of sailing and water sports.

They offer a great range of training facilities and services to meet your requirements. 

Scuba diving lessons, Fishing

  • Private beach

  • Location: Sitra

  • entry fees:2Bd

  • Need to be accompanied by a member 

  • Contact: 17 700 677

  • Website: byc.com.bh

For a mere BD3 you can go and hang out on the soft sandy shores and enjoy the clear waters here, you can also rent a kayak for an hour.

This is also a great place for amateur sailors to train on a laser dinghy. Lessons are available at a variety of prices

information: 17 836 078 .

  • Private beach

  • Entry fee: 3Bd

  • Location Zallaq

  • Contact: 17836078

  • Instagram: @bahrainbeachbay

It includes a marina, where elite yachts are moored, as well as a beautiful beach, pool areas and crystal waters. As for the watersports selection – take your pick.

Firstly, they have a dedicated Dive Centre, where you can earn your PADI certification to explore the ocean deep.

With a whole host of other activities such as knee boarding, row boating, canoeing, fishing, snorkeling and banana boating are available.

  • Private beach

  • membership

  • Location Sitra

  • boat mooring

  • Website: albander.com

Coral Bay Hotel Resort
Marassi Beach

Located in Diyar AL Muharraq

with easy access to an array of activities which can be enjoyed by all members of the family. Thrill seekers will be drawn to the crystal clear waters to enjoy activities ranging from banana boats to doughnuts, paddling boats and kayaks.

Adrenaline junkies in search of their next adventure can rejoice with a selection of water park and pool, knee boarding and jet boards.

  • Paid Beach 3Bd Weekend 5Bd

  • Location: Diyar

  • Timing: 9am to 6Pm

  • Contact: 77890010

  • Website: marassialbahrain.com

The private resort has direct and exclusive access to the beach, a fully equipped health club, and a space that offers all types of water sports activities such as diving, swimming, waterboarding, jetskiing, and boat cruises.

  • Private resort

  • Location Manama

  • Timing: from 9am

  • Contact: 1731 2700

  • Website: coralbaybh.com

Aldar Island

Al Dar Islands is a group of resort islands near Sitra, in the archipelago of Bahrain. 

Al Dar Island Resort is a ten-minute offshore trip from the dhow harbour Sitra fisherman's port. The resort offers jetskiing, snorkeling and other water sports.

They have Chalets, beachhuts, Kids zone, boat trips for fishing and dolphin watching, food and beverages

  • Private Island

  • Weekend 8Bd Weekday 6Bd adult

  • Location: Sitra

  • Timing: 9am - 9Pm

  • Contact: 1770 4600

  • Website:aldarislands.com

City Beach- Reef

It is a small beach in the middle of the city located in the water garden behind the Seef area, it has some water games. the entry fees include the bed and shade, they also have kayaks, jetskies, and boats for a fee.

  • Private beach

  • Entry fee: sun-wed 3Bd thu-Sat 5Bd

  • Location: Water garden city- Seef

  • Timing: from 9am - 8 Pm

  • Contact: 33666448

  • Insta: @watergardencitybeach 

Solymar Beach

Beach & Bar

The Solymar Beach Bar offers a chic and stylish proposal of enjoying a relaxing day under the sun 

Shisha pipes, Beach restaurant, Bar, chic cabanas with vibrant nightlife 

Wednesdays is Women day 

From 10am to 6pm

Standard Sunbeds – 25 BD
Premium Sunbeds- 49 BD

Tickets available only at the door on the day 

  • Private beach 18+

  • Location: Amwaj

  • Timing: 10Am- 12Am

  • Contact:35094777

  • solymarbahrain.com

Azul Beach pavilion

Beach & Bar with sunbeds, Umbrellas, restaurant, drinks, music events (fees apply)

  • Private beach 21+

  • Free Entry

  • Location: Manama 

  • Timing: 11Am- 12Am

  • Swimming till sunset

  • Contact:33366659

  • azulbeachbahrain.com

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