Juzur Ḩawār

This post is part of a series on Bahrain’s tourist attractions, notable places of interest, and just about everything I love about the island. Bahrain has been home to me since 2007.

Summer in Bahrain can really be scorching hot, but it’s no excuse to just turn up the AC and watch TV. Yes, there’s another list of great indoor stuff we can do, but what about the beach? And just what are sunscreens made for?🙂

So one weekend in June 2010, everybody (well, almost) packed their bags and headed to Hawar….:)

Juzur Hawar main island

The Hawar Islands (Arabic: جزر حوار‎; translated: Juzur Ḩawār) are a group of islands situated off the west coast of Qatar in the Gulf of Bahrain of the Persian Gulf. It is also a Ramsar site.

Hawar Islands map location

Despite their proximity to Qatar (Suwād al Janūbīyah is only 1.4 km from the Qatari mainland at the peninsula of Ras Abruq, while Rubud Al Gharbiyah, the island closest to the main island of Bahrain, lies at a distance of 19.7 km to it), the islands belong to Bahrain but were the subject of a dispute between Bahrain and Qatar. A Hawari separatist movement exists in Europe but there is little evidence of support for their movement in the Hawar Islands. The islands were formerly coincident with municipality or Minţaqat Juzur Ḩawār (مِنْطَقَة جُزُر حَوَار) and are now administered as part of the Southern Governorate of Bahrain. The area is 50.6 km². At the census of 2001, the population numbered 3,875.

In 2002, Bahrain applied to have the Hawar islands recognised as a World Heritage Site, due to their unique environment and habitat for endangered species. This site is home to many wildlife species and a very interesting place for birdwatchers and divers. The Hawar Islands used to be one of the settlements of the Bahraini branch of the Dawasir who settled there in the early 19th century and on the main island of Bahrain in 1845 in the areas of Zallaq and Budaiya. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawar_Islands)

Hawar Islands can be reached by a 55minute boat ride from mainland Bahrain.  They offer day trip packages or you can choose to spend the night at the Tulip Inn Hawar Beach, which is located at the main island and has facilities/activities to fill the weekend – pools, slides, jetskis, paddleboats, nightbar, indoor games room, ATV, bird watching, et al.

It’s also one of our fun ways to say, “I’m getting out of  Bahrain for the weekend” (without actually leaving the country, hehehe)

Some photos during our weekend stay at Hawar,🙂

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