Bridge That Links Two Countries

Today, I am not in the right mood to write since I just had a fight with someone close to me. But, I have to post something because it has been some time that I haven’t written anything. Well, a month ago, I went to a series of bridges and an artificial island. I’m  currently based in the Middle East specifically in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. So, if I were to visit other countries, I can just cross borders by land. One of that borders is the Saudi Arabia – Bahrain border which is linked by King Fahd Causeway and Bahrain Bridge.

Before you can access the bridge, you need to pay for the toll for a passage over it. I think it costs around SR20 or USD5.35 per car. There are many toll gates to cater faster transactions.
2014-08-18 10.49.16The bridge stretches all the way to an island where both immigration offices are located. I don’t know how long it is but it was a smooth drive with wide street lanes.2014-08-18 10.55.55 2014-08-18 10.56.00 It was a bad time when I went there. That day was a humid one and everything was foggy. That’s why I didn’t appreciate the view that much since it is not that clear. Once I reached the island, I was welcomed with a lot of signage telling me what directions I need to take. 2014-08-18 10.56.15I haven’t mentioned that this place was designed of two connected islands and they called it the Passport or Middle Island. In the island, you can find 2 sides. On the west side, they called it the Saudi border while the east as the Bahraini border. In Saudi border station, you will find a lot of establishments such as fastfood outlets of McDonalds, Kudu, etc.2014-08-18 11.15.01

There is also a park where you can just take a rest and enjoy the fresh sea breeze but swimming is prohibited. In addition to that, both Saudi and Bahraini sides have towers and in the tower, it has restaurants and a deck where you can view the whole island but I didn’t go there anymore because it was hot and damp.2014-08-18 10.57.33
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It was indeed a good trip but unfortunately I didn’t cross the border to Kingdom of Bahrain because I don’t have my passport that time. It was just a trip to the Bridge that Links Two Countries.

IATA Code: BAH – Bahrain International Airport

International Air Transport Association (IATA) Location Identifier uses a 3-letter code to identify locations of airports throughout the world.

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BAH or Bahrain International Airport is the gateway of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the rest of the world. I have visited this airport from my Middle East travel. Too bad that I only got to explore this nice hub for 15 minutes only since it was just a brief layover in Bahrain before my next flight going to another Middle East country.

Now, BAH, which is the IATA code of the airport, is the primary hub for Gulf Air which is the Bahraini flag carrier airline. So far with my short stay there, I got to peek only the terminals, stores, and gates when I passed by those areas on my way to my next flight.432362_10150578375459667_451885312_n

Passport Control Gate

When I disembarked from the plane, I went directly to this gate and noticed the signage, GCC and Other Passports. So, I automatically thought what does GCC mean. Well, GCC means Gulf Cooperation Council which is a political and economic union of Arab states located in the Arabian Peninsula and bordering the Persian Gulf. These Arab states or countries include Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait. Yemen is included from time to time, but is not officially a member. Jordan and Morocco have been invited, too, to join the council. Nationals of these countries do not need a visa to enter Kingdom of Bahrain, hence, that might be the reason that they specify GCC passport.

Passing through from departure gate to other terminal gate, I got to see these places.

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Bahrain International Airport can also be reached thru King Fahd Causeway which connects Saudi Arabia to Bahrain. Different airline carriers such as Kuwaiti Airlines, Gulf Air, and Etihad Airways offer flights from DMM/ King Fahd International Airport in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to BAH/ Bahrain International Airport thru SABTCO Bus. I haven’t tried this yet but I’m looking forward to it if I’ll be given an opportunity to travel like this.

Next IATA Code post will be the location of my final destination.