Jidda Island

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Jidda Islands
Native name: جزيرة جدة  (Arabic)
Jidda Island is located in Bahrain
Jidda Island
Location of Jidda Island in Bahrain
Geography
Location Persian Gulf
Coordinates 26°11′35″N 50°24′18″E / 26.193°N 50.405°E / 26.193; 50.405Coordinates: 26°11′35″N 50°24′18″E / 26.193°N 50.405°E / 26.193; 50.405
Archipelago Bahrain
Adjacent bodies of water Persian Gulf
Total islands 3
Major islands
  • Jidda Island
  • North Jidda
  • Mini Bahrain    
Area 0.5 km2 (0.19 sq mi)
Highest elevation 10 m (30 ft)
Administration
Governorate Northern Governorate
Largest settlement
Jidda Island
(population 0)
Demographics
Demonym Bahraini
Population 0 (2016)
Pop. density 0 /km2 (0 /sq mi)
Ethnic groups Bahraini, non-Bahraini
Additional information
Time zone
Official website www.bahrain.com
ISO Code = BH-14

Jidda Islands (Arabic: جزيرة جدة‎‎) are a group of 3 small uninhabited islets in Bahrain. It lies to the west of Bahrain Island and just north of Umm an Nasan in Persian Gulf. They have a distance of 17.5 km (10.9 mi) west of the capital, Manama, on Bahrain Island.

History[edit]

in 1930 Jidda became the location of one of Bahrain's prisons.[1][2] Majeed Marhoon, Abdulhadi Khalaf and several other political activists spent time in the prison in the sixties and seventies. It later became the private property of Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and is currently closed from the public.

Geography[edit]

The main island is made of limestone cliffs. It is believed that blocks of rock cut from the island were used in the Barbar temple on Bahrain Island.[3] The small Mini Bahrain is an artificial island on the south shore made to look exactly like the big Bahrain island.[4]

Demography[edit]

The island has a palace, gardens, a helipad, a mosque [5] and several other facilities made for the prime minister and his family, although the island is uninhabited and Sheikh Khalifa himself lives in Riffa, Bahrain Island.

Administration[edit]

The island belongs to Northern Governorate .

Transportation[edit]

It is connected to Umm an Nasan by a 1.75 km (1.09 mi) causeway.

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