Tree of Life (Bahrain)

Coordinates: 25°59′39″N 50°35′00″E / 25.994073°N 50.583235°E / 25.994073; 50.583235
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Tree of Life
Tree of Life
Native nameShajarat-al-Hayat (Arabic)
SpeciesProsopis cineraria
Dirt road leading to the Tree of Life
Tree of life at night

The Tree of Life (Shajarat-al-Hayat) in Bahrain is a 9.75 meters (32 feet) high Prosopis cineraria tree that is over 400 years old. It is on a hill in a barren area of the Arabian Desert, approximately 6 kilometers (4 miles) from Jebel Dukhan, the highest point in Bahrain, and 40 kilometers from Manama.[1]

The tree is abundantly covered in green leaves. Due to its age and the fact that it is the only major tree growing in the area, the tree is a local tourist attraction and is visited by approximately 65,000 people every year. The yellow resin is used to make candles, aromatics and gum; the beans are processed into meal, jam, and wine.[2]

It is not certain how the tree survives. Bahrain has little to no rain throughout the year. Its roots are 50 meters deep, which may be enough to reach the water.[2] Others believe the tree has learned to extract moisture from grains of sand. Some claim that the tree is standing in what was once the Garden of Eden in biblical myths, and so has a more mystical source of water.[3]

In 2009, the tree was nominated to the New 7 Wonders of Nature list, but it did not finish on the list.[4]

In October 2010, archaeologists unearthed 500-year-old pottery and other artefacts in the vicinity of the tree. A soil and dendrochronology analysis conducted in the 1990s concluded that the tree was an Acacia planted in 1582.[5]

The tree was mentioned in the 1991 film L.A. Story, where Steve Martin calls it one of the most mystical places on Earth.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tree of Life". Lonely Planet.
  2. ^ a b c "The mysterious Tree of Life". KLM.
  3. ^ "Tree of Life". Atlas Obscura.
  4. ^ Toumi, Habib (May 16, 2009). "Bahrain's Tree of Life ranks high on Seven Wonders list". Gulf News.
  5. ^ "Amphitheatre plan for Tree of Life". Trade Arabia. Manama. April 7, 2013.

25°59′39″N 50°35′00″E / 25.994073°N 50.583235°E / 25.994073; 50.583235