Pearl Monument, Bahrain
This Pearl monument is something that you wont miss if you go around Manama, it sits majestically on one of the roundabout. It reminds the people of the importance of pearl and oyster during the hey days of Bahrain , or perhaps the Dilmun Civilization ( see my page to read more about Dilmun ) .
Heard that there is Pearl diving there and you get to keep the Pearls if you find one ...so why wait , come and look for all the Persian Pearls !!!!
UPDATE: In its attempts to quash the revolution, the government of Bahrain demolished the Pearl Monument on the 18th March 2011, a sculpture that had become the symbol of pro-democracy protesters. What a sad day...
Driving on the northern Manama corniche, one cannot miss the elegant white Pearl Monument (Lulu in Arabic). Six sails proudly hold a giant pearl high in the centre of a roundabout, with each sail representing one of the six Gulf countries with a common heritage. The pearl refers to the pearl fishing industry in the Gulf which had been the major revenue source for the inhabitants in the last few centuries before the discovery of oil. As of late (early 2011), Pearl Roundabout has been the focal point of pro-democracy demonstrations and has, unfortunately, also witnessed violence and deaths by the government against its people. As I update this tip, resilient and determined protestors continue to make their voice heard in this tiny island-nation. Should they triumph and their goals be met, I would not be surprised if the name of this roundabout is changed to Liberation (Tahrir) or Shuhada (Martyrs) Square...
Pearl Monument is one of the landmarks of Bahrain which you cannot miss. Pearl used to be the main income of Bahrain and island's wealth comes from the pearl, later followed by oil. The monument represents the 6 states in the gulf.
Unfortunately, this famous landmark has been demolished during the unrest in Bahrain in March 2011.