When describing Bahrain, it’s often easiest to just say that the Kingdom is an archipelago of 33 islands.
But that description is now very, very wrong, as there are 51 new islands – both artificial and natural – taking the total up to 84.
Dr Mohammed Al Rumaidh, a professor of Oceanography and Marine Biology, made the claim at the “Sea sand extraction ... necessity and risks” symposium this weekend.
Over the decades there have been a number of artificial islands projects, including the six Amwaj Islands near Muharraq, and the 15 islands that make up Durrat Al Bahrain in the south.
The number of islands has also fluctuated thanks to islands joining bigger land masses including Arad Island and Halat Bu Maher.