If you want to see everything in a country in just 7 hours of daylight, you have to be organized, and thus on my flight over I put together a list of places I wanted to visit and mapped them to see if it was feasible. Upon arrival I always try to get local feedback, because often there’s a gem that just doesn’t get publicized.
I hired a taxi driver to tour me around for the day, and he offered to show me some great places that “you can’t leave Bahrain without seeing.” Outstanding! That’s precisely what I was looking for. However, it appears that his idea of the can’t miss sights greatly differed from mine. He had such a tremendous respect for the Bahrain King and it appears that may have influenced his perspective. For example, he took me to the parking lot of a old building that the King typically uses when he visits this area. I figured I heard him wrong, but he repeated it a bunch of times. It looks like every other parking lot you’ve seen. A parking lot?