THREE Bahrainis, who have embarked on a road trip across the region to promote the country, have reached Turkey.
The ‘Arab Friendship Trip’ will stop at 65 archaeological and tourist sites on the road to the island of Chios in Greece, and is expected to take about six weeks.
The road trip is being spearheaded by Bahraini organisation 101 Guides, which has conducted similar trips in the past to promote Bahrain’s culture, history and tourism.
The team is comprised of 101 Guides managing director and publisher Ali Mushaima, Bahrain Holidays representative Taha Alawi and photographer Haidar Rafeei.
The trip is called ‘From the Islands of Pearls to the Island of Mastic’ as Chios is renowned for its Mastic in a similar manner to how Bahrain is well known for its pearls.
The journey, which started last week, has taken the group from Bahrain to Saudi Arabia and will continue to Turkey and then Chios.
“In the past when we travelled to Europe we only crossed Saudi Arabia to Jordan, but this trip is very special for several reasons,” said Mr Al Mushaima.
“First of all, Saudi is opening up for tourism and has a lot to offer and not to mention the generosity of its people, the experience we had and the places we visited were amazing.
“On the other hand, people we met and talked to were amazed with our idea of using pearling as a key to raise awareness about and promote Bahrain, also we have copies of our 101 Things to See and Do in Bahrain book as well as our book of Chios Island and there are strong interests from people to visit Bahrain as well as Chios.”
The team embarked on a ferry trip that took them from Duba in Saudi Arabia to Iskandarun in Turkey within three days.
The journey is being supported by the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA), Bahrain Holidays and Zayani Motors.
The vehicle being used for the journey has several stickers showcasing the supporting entities and also includes the GDN’s 40th anniversary logo.
“The determination of the team led by Ali Mushaima is impressive as the heat wave this summer has not deterred the team from planning to visit 65 tourist and archaeological sites,” said Bahrain Holidays chief executive Mahmood Al Kadhem.
During the 3,000km journey the team will be distributing books and other publications that promote Bahrain and showcase its historical elements and heritage. Their journey can be followed on www.friendshiparabia.com.
Members of the group previously travelled from Bahrain to Dublin in 2004, Bahrain to Britain in 2008, and in 2010 they travelled to Thassos, Greece.