Tree of Life

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Tree of Life, Bahrain
Tree of Life - Some graffiti on the trunk.
Tree of Life - Some graffiti on the trunk.
Tree of Life - Some graffiti on the trunk.
Tree of Life - Some graffiti on the trunk.

Tree of Life Reviews

bensonryan bensonry…
99 reviews
The Tree of Abuse Dec 25, 2015
The Tree of Life, also known as the Shajarat-al-Hayat bears popularity as being the only tree within the desert of Bahrain. It is a good driving distance from the city of Manama and approximately two kilometers from Jebel Dukhan. The tree is approximately 400 years old and stands on top of a 25 foot mound.

I was rather impressed on how wide its branches reach which was about 50 feet in circumference. It is known for its deep rooted characteristics and for adapting and surviving to its extremely arid environment. The landmark of interest is an anomaly and was said to have had a mutation that made it resilient to salt, causing it to thrive continuously in the middle of the desert.

Driving to the Tree of Life felt like it took forever. While the landmark istelf is free, the price to get there might be somewhat costly. Cabs in Bahrain aren't cheap either.

The tree has been believed to be a site for cults practicing ancient rites. As a result, it has been damaged by graffiti carvings. It's a shame that the tree gets sabotaged by grafitti and surface cuts, and there is no security detail to prevent this type of abuse.

Still it was worth a visit, and I managed to capture some good pictures up close and personal to it. This is a worthwhile recommendation.
Some graffiti on the trunk.
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mountaingirl says:
Congrats on the feature :) Interesting tree in the desert :)
Posted on: May 15, 2016
Ils1976 says:
Congrats on this amazing feature ... well done! :D
Posted on: May 15, 2016
Suusj says:
Congrats on the feature :D.
Posted on: May 15, 2016
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sarahelaine sarahela…
651 reviews
More of a journey than a destination Mar 01, 2009
The Tree of Life is a sort of, kind of tourist attraction. It is a large acacia tree in the desert, with no apparent source of water, and so is a national monument. And from a distance, it is very lovely. You can see it from quite a long way, although finding the actual road to the tree is far more of an effort. I only found one sign on the whole island and it pointed the other way. I'm sure we were off road twice.

Close to, the Tree is covered in graffiti and burn marks. It is a real shame; the tree is striking and could be so lovely, and people spray paint their names on it.

i have to say, I found the journey to the Tree more fun than getting there - it felt like a real quest. there is no sign telling you about the Tree itself, although, helpfully, there is a sign telling you that if you go any further you are liable to get shot. You'd hate to get that wrong. But on the way here, we passed some interesting oil lines, the highest point in Bahrain, the winter camp grounds, and the camel farm where I got to pat some baby camels. So it is definately, definately worth the journey.
Frostbourne Frostbou…
6 reviews
The Tree of Life Sep 26, 2008
It is definately worth the time to go and admire this huge tree sitting in the middle of the desert with nothing else for as far as the eye can see. The route is not well marked, for directions refer to my blog. The roads are not the best so be careful while driving. Was not impressed with the amount of vandalism on the tree. The best time to see the Tree would be at sunset, when the day is slightly cooler and you aren't subjected to the desert heat.

A word of warning. You are only allowed to visit the Tree from 5:00 to 19:00. If you arrive there during the night you might be shot by a Security or Defense Force guy.
hauteboy hauteboy
102 reviews
Lonely desert tree Jan 12, 2007
it was a 45-minute drive south of town in the desert. It's not very well labeled and we managed to get lost along the way, driving through an active rock quarry and nearly ending up on a military base. The southern part of Bahrain is truly desolate, with only oil wells and pipelines. The Tree of Life is a lonely mesquite tree in the middle of nowhere, it's a mystery as to where it gets its water and how it survives the graffitti. It is quite the hangout spot, there were several people there already as we arrived and SUVs and cars continued coming and going while we were there.

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