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Day 65: Time to say goodbye
Friendship Tour 2018
Written by Ali Mushaima   
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 11:52

Day 65. It is the last day of our trip!

We decided on a 65-day tour to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Bahrain Historical and Archaeological Society. We are extremely grateful to them, as well as to Bahrain Tourism, Bahrain Holidays, Zayani Motors and Gulf Daily News. Without their support, the trip would not have been possible.

Special thanks too, to the team members who left their families behind and joined the tour to promote Bahrain. There are many others who also deserve our heartfelt thanks—those who hosted us, helped us, gave us useful advice. Then there was the media who wrote about our expedition, and social media too who were in contact with us and featured our tour.

Thank you too to everyone who followed our trip, whether in print, or on Facebook and Instagram, and sent us messages of encouragement. You gave us the energy to keep going!

The car's performance was excellent right through the tour. It is currently in the port, waiting for the ship to depart to Saudi Arabia. As of now, I don't have a firm departure date, although I have been told it will likely be on October 1 by which time there will be enough trucks loaded for the ship to leave.

Meanwhile, you can relive our tour experiences through our photographs on Instagram.

From Turkey to Chios
Friendship Tour 2018
Written by Ali Mushaima   
Sunday, 02 September 2018 19:50

The Friendship Arabia tour is now in Chios after several days in Turkey, where we explored the historical sites of Konya, Pamukkale and Ephesus (registered as Unesco sites) and then Laodikeia.

There we met an amazing person, Esat Sivri, who is very committed to a renovation of the site and has been supplying breakfast for more than six years to 200 archeologists and workers there. It was one of the highlights of our visit to Turkey to meet Esat, from whom we learnt a lot and who also inspired us to do more. We learnt from him that if you believe and are committed to something, you should never give up.

Now that we are in Chios, we will explore more of the island and learn more about how they cultivate the Mastic. On Friday, we will have the media of Chios Island in the square where we have permission to park the car in the centre and talk about Bahrain and how it is famous for its natural pearls.

We will also give away our travel book 101 Things to See & Do in Bahrainand answer questions about our country while also expressing our love for their island too.

The car's performance has been excellent, and we are grateful to our sponsors Bahrain Tourism, Bahrain Holidays, Zayani Motors and Gulf Daily News.

As we travel onwards, we will explore more of Greece to promote Bahrain in other parts of the country—something that is close to my heart and that of the rest of the Friendship Arabia team.

For daily images from the Friendship Arabia tour, please follow our Instagram.

Crossing Saudi Arabia
Friendship Tour 2018
Written by Ali Mushaima   
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:00

In the past when we travelled to Europe, we only crossed Saudi to Jordan. This trip is very special for several reasons. First, Saudi is opening up for tourism and has a lot a lot to offer and not forgetting the generosity of the people. The experiences we had and the places we visited were amazing, and we regret not visiting these places before. It is a country that must be explored.

On the other hand people we met and talked to were amazed with our idea of using pearling as a key to raise awareness and promote Bahrain. Als,o we have copies of our 101 Things to See & Do in Bahrain book as well as our book of Chios island and there is strong interest from people to visit Bahrain as well as Chios when we talked to them about the bless tree of Mastic.

Today, we take the ferry and we will be on the ship for three days till we reach south of Turkey.

The team and I would like to thank our supporters and the Gulf Daily News for their backing.

From the Island of Pearls to the Island of Mastic
Friendship Tour 2018
Written by Ali Mushaima   
Sunday, 12 August 2018 00:00

Time for another tour!

I, along with fellow adventurers Taha Alawi, representing Bahrain Holidays, and photographer Haider Rafeei, have just launched a six-week road trip from Bahrain to the island of Chios in Greece. ubbed as "From the Island of Pearls to the Island of Mastic", the tour aims to promote Bahrain's culture, history nd tourism. The road trip will cover over 10,000 km and pass through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey and Greece.

Chios is the fifth largest of the Greek islands, situated in the Aegean Sea, 7 km off the Anatolian coast. Chios is notable for its exports of mastic gum and its nickname is the Mastic Island.

Promoting Bahrain is, has been and will always be close to my heart and this tour aims to do the same.

Our earlier Friendship Tours have included Bahrain to Dublin in 2004, Bahrain to Britain in 2008, and Bahrain to Thassos, Greece in 2010. Chios is one of my favourite destinations, and I have published the popular travel guide '101 Things to Do in Chios' — one in the 101 Series of guidebooks.

For this tour, we are working with the Bahrain Historical and Archeological Society, and are proud to be supported by Zayani Motors and Bahrain Holidays.