Path of Pearl

Path of Pearl


“Pearling” may seem an unusual word but it suits to describe almost every aspect of life on the islands of Bahrain for many centuries. The island society developed an economic, cultural and social system that was based on a singular source of income, a natural product of incomparable beauty: the pearls of Bahrain. While during the pearl-diving season everybody took up his or her role in facilitating harvesting of the oyster beds and later the collection and trade of the pearls brought forth, during other times of the year they may have had different occupations. But it was their role in pearling which defined income and social status and it was pearling that gave the island reputation all over the world. The unique story of pearling in Bahrain and its physical testimony in Muharraq is now listed by UNESCO as World Heritage site.

Bahrain Map