Snapshots: Night walk/jog along Al Fateh & Adliya, Bahrain

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.

Al Fateh Grand Mosque, Bahrain

It’s the middle of September, and finally the temperatures have become more forgiving.

Meaning, no more excuses for this serial couch potato not to walk/jog during the early evenings to burn some calories. Yes, I have to move my a** before I reach 200lbs! (>_<)

There are two usual walk/jog routes one can choose from (for those living within Hoora, Gudaibiya, Adliya, Juffair)…

First is the jogging circle within Al Andalus Park, about 250 m per round. It’s actually a nice, well-lit park, with a well maintained garden landscape, soccer and volleyball courts, et al.

However, as it’s a public park, it can be crowded sometimes. Especially weekends. I remember running into work colleagues in IT, Admin and Finance departments several times and some even invite you to join their barbecue picnic! Awts. I am trying to sweat out some sleeping carbs here, please… T_T

Or maybe I’m just really an anti-social freak. = p

Hence I prefer the second option: Al Fateh + Adliya route, which is actually along Shaik Duaij Avenue – Al Fateh Highway – Bani Otbah Avenue loop, about 2 kms per round.

Now, let’ start!🙂

Our flat building is along Shaik Duaij Avenue, and from there you proceed and turn right at the last junction signal to reach Al Fateh Highway.

Al Fateh Highway

Just a few meters and this beautiful sight immediately greets you. The stunning Al Fateh Grand Mosque.

Simply breathtaking… everytime.

Al Fateh Grand Mosque, Bahrain

Just be careful while enjoying the view. Stay on the jogging lane and don’t drift to the middle of the highway otherwise you might get hit by a speeding Porsche, or a Jaguar, or a Hummer, or a Ferrari…🙂

Al Fateh Grand Mosque, Bahrain

On the next signal junction (Juffair – Adliya), we turn right.

Juffair – Adliya junction

Then there’s this water fountain landmark at the junction turn.

Turn to Adliya

Sometimes all seven fountains are “on show”, this time only the middle fountain. Me schedule bah? Dunno. Will check out later. 🙂

Eye pleaser fountain, but no drinking lah = p

Next landmark is Gulf Hotel. This is our favorite hotel. Why?

Because it houses the Gulf Cellar (where you can buy bottomless bags of beer cases and vodka bottles hehehe). But since the start of the year, I’m very proud to say that I’ve remarkably reduced alcohol purchases and consumption. Signs of maturity?!?🙂

approaching Gulf Hotel

This is now part of Adliya area, along Bani Otbah Avenue, home to many posh cafes and restaurants. But I’m not giving in to grab a bite nor a sip. We continue further.

Bani Otbah Avenue (Adliya) stretch

At this turn also sits the Gudaibiya Palace compound. I don’t know who among the Royal family resides inside. There are many palaces across the island. Just all of these palaces are grand and beautiful.

approaching Gudaibiya Palace

The Gudaibiya Palace has many entrance gates, I’ve lost count. This is just one of them.

in front of one of the gates, Gudaibiya Palace

By the way, across this entrance to Gudaibiya Palace is Dessange Paris, one of the most popular, luxury spas in Bahrain. Wish ko lang to spend a day here. Hooong mahal (so pricey) lah.🙂

Dessange Spa (i wish, i wish)🙂

We continue further and reach the Adliya – Gudaibiya junction.

in front of Old Palace

At the turn is the Old Palace. I also don’t know among the Royal family resides inside, but I really admire the double staircase in the front building. It’s just like in Disney fairytales.🙂

Proof that I did walked/jogged. Awts.

Again we turn right and now return to Shaikh Duaij Avenue.

We stop by a cold store and grab a bottle of water. And if we’re not too chicken, let’s go for another round!

NB: I really need to do this daily. Especially it’s 100 Days before Christmas.🙂

Keeping my fingers crossed,

Lea

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6 thoughts on “Snapshots: Night walk/jog along Al Fateh & Adliya, Bahrain

  1. Pingback: Al Fateh Grand Mosque, Bahrain « adbenturera

  2. Some great shots here! This reminds me very much of some of the mosques I visited while in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei!🙂

  3. thanks Samuel, it’s the best my phone camera can do hehe! now mentioning Brunei reminded me of my dream SouthEast Asia backpacking trip! am checkin out your posts to tide me over meantime,🙂

  4. AnJoyce

    nice one🙂

  5. thanks AnJoyce!🙂

  6. Pingback: Backpack Blues – Summer Edition « adbenturera

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