Tree of Life, Bahrain

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Tree of Life
Dirt road leading to the Tree of Life.

The Tree of Life (Shajarat-al-Hayat) in Bahrain is an approximately 400-year-old, 9.75 m (32 ft) high Prosopis cineraria tree located 2 km (1.2 mi) from Jebel Dukhan.

Tourist attraction[edit]

The tree is a local tourist attraction, as it is the only major tree growing in the area. The tree is visited by approximately 50,000 tourists every year. It is very popular because it is believed to be growing in the middle of nowhere, with no water source and has never been watered once throughout history. Bahrain also has little to no rain throughout the year. As a result, it is also believed to be the site for cults practising ancient rites.[1] Since October 2010, archaeologists have unearthed pottery and other artefacts in the vicinity of the tree,[2] some of which may date back to the Dilmun civilisation.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Singh, Mandeep (2008-12-18). "Sect rites harming Tree of Life". Gulf Daily News. 
  2. ^ "Amphitheatre plan for Tree of Life". Trade Arabia. 2013-04-07. 

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