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old and new

Bahrain's boat builders and seafarers are renowned for their skills in construction and navigation, and the word 'dhow' has become the generic term describing all local boats. But there were many different types of craft used for trading and the pearling and fishing industries.

 

Originally majestic sailing boats that plied the coasts as far as Madagascar and Indonesia, dhows are now diesel powered workhorses used for fishing and transporting cargo between Gulf ports.

 

Now as most part of the island is just a reclamation, a lot of new construction of buildings can be seen being a modern form of trading and commercialism

while dhows are at bay

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Taken on January 21, 2008