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Time Out Bahrain staff
Car lanes for students
We’ve heard of dedicated motorway lanes for public transport before, but news that students will soon have a dedicated lane on King Fahad Causeway is a new one on us. The move is said to follow a directive from Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province Governor Prince Mohammed bin Fahad Al Saud, who wants to ensure that students crossing the border and into Bahrain reach their lectures on time. The idea is actually part of a BD6 million expansion programme, said to also include a lane for disabled drivers, and includes extra lanes at border checkpoints to speed up the immigration process. Users of the new lanes will have to show their identification to prove they are entitled to use it. Still, we couldn’t resist thinking of the usual student jokes – perhaps getting up earlier would help with getting to lectures on time?
Spotted Mena Telecom’s new internet tower? Don’t worry if you haven’t, as it has adopted a very cunning disguise. Shaped like a palm tree, the tower stands 30 metres tall and is located in Durrat Al Bahrain, complete with trunk, palm fronds and a self-defence system that zaps intruders into turnips (at least we like to think so). But the palm tower provides the fastest internet speeds and voice packages available in the kingdom, with up to 15 megabits/second. It is also made entirely of fully recyclable materials. Mena Telecom has also extended its coverage to the Banyan Tree resort with an additional palm tower. All in all, great news for surfers!