The kids had a great time camping last night Bahraini style. Driving around the Bahraini desert a couple of days ago, I saw these makeshift compounds in the oil fields circling the Mountain of Smoke. It turns out that Bahrain has an official camping season from November to March to coincide with the fresh winter weather. Their idea of camping is to set up a fence with mesh or palm leaves and set up tents and common areas inside. We were invited by a friend of Marita’s last night to her camp for a BBQ. They had a really nice set up for a social gathering. There was a fire pit, tents with carpeting and couches, a fire pit, soccer pitch, bouncy castle, etc. Marita’s friend rents out her camp site for a variety of groups.The evening was catered and we enjoyed a BBQ with shawarmas. My highlight was walking above the camp to a hill with a view of the sunset.
I think this tradition of camping comes from the time the Arabs were a nomadic people in the desert. If I lived in Bahrain, I would definitely set up a camp. I would choose a site near the beach, however.